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From a Discussion on Rewriting the U.S. Constitution

February 22, 2009

It seems to me that a rewritten U.S. Constitution would need to require as much self-determination as possible. Even for individuals with intellectual disabilities (i.e., mental retardation), there should, to the maximum degree possible, be a requirement that they should provide informed consent for all treatments provided to them.

In the past (and even now to an extent), non-speaking autistics were assumed to be “mentally retarded.” We now know that this is not the case in a large many cases. I can only imagine the pain of being an intelligent person, even a genius, but unable to speak and being treated like a person with very low mental ability.

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  1. February 23, 2009 12:58 am

    Thoroughly agree that ALL people should give consent to their treatments. And we do all have rights, so the constitutions of all countries should make this clear.

    Do you imagine this pain you refer to intellectually, emotionally, or both?

  2. February 25, 2009 5:31 pm

    The pain in my childhood was largely emotional. I wanted to be what I considered then to be “normal,” but I did not have the social skills to approach that standard.

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