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Electric Shock Autism Therapy Clinic Won’t Stop

Electric Shock Autism Therapy Still Going On

Activists are calling for an investigation of a clinic that uses electric shock treatments for autism therapy.

Even after lawsuits and threats of more lawsuites the the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center (JREC) still continues to treat autistic and emotionally disturbed patients with electric shock.

As of now around half of the attendees at the Center are carrying a special shock device 24 hrs a day.

Juan Mendez has begun a dialog about investigating the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center with the US mission to the UN in Geneva.

Kristina Chew wrote about a petition circulating now on Care2.com to support the UN call for an investigation of these procedure.

autism and therapy torture chair

You might find this torture chair in the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center basement

Disability rights activists have long opposed the horrific “aversive therapy” which is based on a highly outdated and frankly inhumane (and sickening, if you ask me) application of behaviorism. Recently, opposition to the JREC has taken a more public form, with a rally demanding the end of its “aversive therapy” outside the Massachusetts state house earlier today, Saturday, June 2. Afterwards, participants planned to march to the JREC.

Massachusetts senator Brian Joyce spoke at the rally; he is a leading proponent of a bill to ban aversive therapy in the state. The bill has already passed the state Senate and is being considered in the House. According to Joyce, the JREC has been able to stay open while using its controversial therapy “through a combination of secrecy and legal threats, spending $16 million on lawyers’ fees between 2000 and 2010.” In April, a video was released that, for the first time, showed the public the JREC’s horrifying use of electric shock on children.

The school, via its former director, Matthew Israel, claimed that it provided therapy that “worked” for children whose severe behaviors, such as aggression and self-injurious behavior, could not otherwise be treated. Israel stepped down from his position in 2011 after facing criminal charges for a 2007 incident in which two teenagers with disabilities who were residents at the JREC were wrongfully administered a number of shocks after a prank phone call by someone posing as a supervisor ordered them.

Read more of her post: http://www.care2.com/causes/un-calls-for-investigation-of-autism-schools-electric-shock-treatment.html#ixzz1wsBAB2m6

We believe the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center (JREC) will eventually be forced to stop this draconian practice. The pressure on them is growing and we encourage you to help keep it up by signing the petition.

Please go sign here and share with your friends. Let’s help stop the torture.

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