Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Schuyler
delivered testimony to the New York City Council, Committee on Hospitals pertaining to the issues faced by people with disabilities at New York City hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his testimony, Christopher explained that, prior to a potential second wave of COVID-19 that revives the threat of medical resource rationing, New York “needs to pass guidelines that assure people with disabilities that they will receive equal access to other respiratory therapies, medications, critical-care beds, and staff during a crisis. Currently, medical providers are without uniform guidance in these matters and are left in the unenviable position of making case-by-case determinations.” He continued that while these determinations are supposedly data-driven and intended to produce objective medical decisions, “in practice, subjectivity about the quality of life of people with disabilities – based on bias and misinformation – plays a significant role.”
You can read the full testimony here.