The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts, has been using electroshock behavior “therapy” on disabled children and adults for 30 years. This practice has been heavily protested, and there is ongoing effort to have this so-called treatment outlawed at both state and federal levels.
Over twenty U.S. states already have banned use of shock devices for punitive behavioral purposes. Additionally, the United Nations has declared the use of electroshock to be torture. And yet, this practice continues to be legal in many areas of the United States.
At the federal level, there is an ongoing struggle to authorize the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to outlaw use of electrical stimulation devices to treat self-injurious and aggressive behavior. More recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment including language mandating such a ban (Sec. 810 of H.R. 7667). This bill is now headed to the Senate.
You can add your voice calling for passage of that bill through the link provided below: