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Speaker: End of life options advocate Dan Diaz
The Department of Psychology will present a talk titled, “Brittany Maynard’s Story of Living Life: End of Life Options and Care,” with Dan Diaz at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. Diaz is an advocate for end of life options and “dying with dignity” legislation.
Diaz is the husband of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman who died in November 2014 from a brain tumor. Maynard’s story became national news when the couple moved from California to Oregon, one of seven states that has authorized medical aid in dying, so she could have the option to choose a gentle dying process.
Because of Maynard’s story, new “dying with dignity” legislation has since been introduced in 25 states. Dan’s efforts were instrumental in securing the passage of the legislation in California, Colorado, and D.C. His efforts continue across the country; keeping the promise he made to Brittany. Dan will share Brittany’s story and the reality of medical aid in dying.
Meet the Speaker
In addition to the formal presentation, there will also be two opportunities to meet with Dan Diaz Wednesday, October 11 in Room 121 of the ISU Alumni Center. These meetings are intended for professionals and trainees who are more directly involved with end of life decisions and care, such as clergy, hospice/palliative care workers, hospital ethics committees, and local cancer center staff.
At these meetings, Diaz will give a brief presentation and Q&A session followed by discussion and the opportunity for interaction among various professionals who are involved in end of life care. These additional sessions will be held at 3:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. All University and community members are invited.
These events are sponsored by The College of Arts and Sciences, the Departments of Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Sciences, Politics and Government, the School of Social Work, and Compassion & Choices, McLean County.
If you need a special accommodation to participate in this program, call the Department of Psychology at (309) 439-8651. Please allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.