Electro shock

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is asking interested people to support the passage of Andre’s Law, a bill reintroduced in the New York state legislature that would “prohibit New York State from financially supporting, and sending its children to, institutions that employ electro-shock and other “aversive therapies.”

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The bill would stop the state from sending any more children to the Judge Rothenberg Education Center in Canton, Mass., which it says is the only institution in the country to use such devices for behavior modification on students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). More of the JRC’s residents come from New York than any other state, notes the organization.

The New York State bill is named after Andre McCollins, who has spoken out along with his family after he was tortured at the Judge Rotenberg Center.

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