Ban Electroshock Therapy

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:

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We asked the Autistic community how they feel about the use of electroshock as punishment for disabled children and adults.
Here are some of their responses:

It is really messed up. Especially seeing that shocking a DOG is banned but shocking ANOTHER PERSON IS FINE.Anonymous
Horrified. This is obviously child abuse and assault.Anonymous
It is truly horrifying. These children are people – they’re human beings with the same worth and feelings as any other person. Autistic behaviors are not something to be punished for, let alone TORTURED for. Everyone exists and behaves in their own unique way, and JRC’s attempt to change a person by abusing them in countless ways is disturbing to say the least.V Souza

See here for more survey responses.

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