• Nonverbal Woman Taken Hostage in Colorado – Who Will Speak Up?

    Disability advocates are infuriated about a case involving a nonverbal woman with disabilities who they say is being held hostage by Jefferson County in Colorado. "It is truly outrageous," said Julie Reiskin, director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition. "I call this torture." County officials have assumed temporary guardianship over 36-year-old Sharisa Kochmeister, a college graduate, and removed her from her home and her father — the only person in Colorado who helps her communicate. They placed her in a nursing home and forbid her family, friends and even her doctor from visiting her, according to people close to the situation. "You take someone who is nonverbal, who is dependent on one person for communicating, and you remove that ... this makes me so mad," said Reiskin. "This is part of not understanding a population. You put them in an institution against their will with a bunch of people who have dementia. This is torture."

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  • Nonverbal Woman Taken Hostage in Colorado – Who Will Speak Up?

    Seriously? WTH! Who made them God? Apparently this young woman's rights are being violated and she should be released at once. I worked over 20 years with the Developmentally Disabled and our main goal was to teach them Capabilities and Independence. There is NOTHING WRONG with this young lady except for a communications problem. So does this mean if you are born with a speech impediment or missing limbs or any other kind of problem they have a right to tear you away from your family where there is clearly no evidence of any type of child endangerment or abuse?Oh my God she went to a University people and GRADUATED WITH HONORS even. Why is she being harassed? This has got to stop! Her Advocates should not be kept from her nor her family.
  • Nonverbal Woman Taken Hostage in Colorado – Who Will Speak Up?

    I'd like to ask what the heck brought all this on this woman, but then again I am used to hearing that there was no reason for the state to even notice this woman let alone round her up and hold her against her will away from her family and supports! It's almost becoming an everyday fact--our own government is turning into our worst nightmare!
  • Nonverbal Woman Taken Hostage in Colorado – Who Will Speak Up?

    "First they came for the Communists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Communist Then they came for the Socialists And I did not speak out Because I was not a Socialist Then they came for the trade unionists And I did not speak out Because I was not a trade unionist Then they came for the Jews And I did not speak out Because I was not a Jew Then they came for me And there was no one left To speak out for me " ~ Reverend Martin Niemoller
  • Nonverbal Woman Taken Hostage in Colorado – Who Will Speak Up?

    Hows' that "Republic" protecting the rights of the minority, as we have been told it does, for over 200 years?