General Counsel, United Spinal Association
I have worked with and for people with spinal cord injuries and disorders for over four decades as General Counsel of United Spinal Association and its predecessor Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association. During that time, I’ve encountered dozens of people dealing with newly acquired paralysis or struggling to live in the community who are understandably overwhelmed. I have witnessed the vast majority of those who considered suicide go on to live meaningful, productive lives; to love and be loved. Patients’ despair coupled with underestimation, by some in the medical profession, of the quality of life achievable by people with paralysis will lead to unnecessary suicides. California legislators should pass laws to make it easier for people with severe disabilities to thrive – not easier to kill themselves.
How do you pronounce your name?
Jim (Jim like gym) Weisman (Weis like vice and man like woman).