I believe in the dignity of human life and the universal responsibility we share to uphold that. For the sake of discussion and peace I would like to add that this is not pertaining to any pro-life or pro-choice issues. This issue is beyond that and deals with lives already established.

  The Mission of The Council on Quality and Leadership is based on World-wide leadership to increase the responsiveness and accountability of individuals, organizations, and systems to people with disabilities.

  The disabilities encountered in life cover a wide range. The emotional and/or mental disorders can be some of the most challenging. It takes professional care and maintenance along with the helping guidance of caring individuals to survive as a productive member in society. The caring individuals committed to lifting up their brothers and sisters in life are to be held in high esteem.

  The Council is one such nonprofit organization that both employs and and serves people with disabilities. Active for over 30 years, they describe their standards as defining quality of life through management by several means. Advanced technology and software are available as just one of many forward looking visions to make life better through community and individual involvement.

CQL continues to address today’s realities and problems with our quality definitions, methods and tools. We also define the challenge to do even more with our visions, values and conceptual frameworks. It is with these two goals in mind that we designed our new Quality Measures 2005SM. These measures have been our priority since mid-2003, and will continue to form the basis for our work in the years ahead. They are a comprehensive set of quality measures that incorporate many of our long-held principles including quality of life, social capital and community inclusion.  Our goal is to share Quality Measures 2005SM with self-advocates, families, organizations, state systems, and public and private organizations throughout the world.  By working together, we can create a world of dignity, opportunity and community inclusion for all people.

Organizations may use Quality Measures 2005SM and the related applications to develop an integrated quality management system. CQL has developed Seven Quality StrategiesSM that offer organizations alternatives for initiating an integrated quality management system.

Defining Quality
CQL is constantly working to promote protections in health, welfare, safety, and the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and people with mental illness. We do this by providing services in monitoring, evaluation technical assistance, and investigation to state regulatory and administrative bodies, parties to judicial action, as well as service providers. Our system of Basic AssurancesSM is used by states, large provider systems, and individual organizations with an interest in ensuring that people remain safe and healthy.

Quite simply, our measures have long been the standard.  Many of our innovations have been enacted into federal and state legislation, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations.  In addition, states have rewritten their internal regulations to reflect a personal outcome orientation. The State of Florida now uses CQL’s Personal Outcome MeasuresSM as part of the evaluation of its Home and Community Based Waiver.

Monitoring Progress

  The reason for this diary is to pay tribute, in some small way, to the efforts of Rigoberto Alpizar and his wife.

“She was very apologetic,” Beshears said of Alpizar’s wife. “She was explaining to us as we sat there in the row. She felt it was her fault, that she had convinced him to get on board, that he wasn’t ready.”

Buechner did not speak publicly. She works for the Council on Quality and Leadership based in Towson, Maryland, a nonprofit organisation focused on improving life for people with disabilities and mental illness, the organisation said in a statement.

Neighbours said the couple had been returning to their home from a missionary trip to Ecuador.

Passengers dispute US plane bomb threat

Forty-four year old Rigoberto Alpizar, an American citizen born in Costa Rica was killed by federal air marshals on Wednesday as he fled an American Airlines jet at Miami International Airport. Federal officials claim he threatened that he had a bomb and the shooting was necessary to protect passengers in the terminal.

According to passengers, he bolted from his seat, followed by his frantic wife, who was screaming that he was bipolar and off his medication. As he fled toward the terminal, undercover agents shot him on the jet bridge, claiming that he refused to stop and that he made a statement about a bomb. Passengers say he was shot four or five times.

Alpizar, a resident of Maitland, Florida who worked in the paint department of Home Depot, was on his way home from Quito Ecuador, where he and his wife were on a church mission. Family, friends, and neighbors describe a well-liked man completely different from the one portrayed in news accounts – smiling, talkative, proud to be a citizen .

Shooting the Mentally Ill

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