Dr. Mathew Israel director of the Judge Rotenberg Center announces he will retire on June 1.
Good riddens to that cruel Dr. Israel, hope he has to suffer the mistreatment he put his students through.
Maybe now without him the place will die away, or at least there cruel treatment of people.
Mathew Israel should have to be made to go through his own program, being strapped with electrodes 24/7 and being shocked for every minor thing, like swearing and non-compliance! And see how he likes cameras on him at all times with male and females watching him shower. See how he likes being put on Specialized Food Program where they can reduce his food intake to 25% of his normal daily caloric target (see the JRC Program Visitation Report 6/9/2006 http://boston.com/news/daily/15/school_report.pdf). See how he likes it!
In such situations behavior rehearsal lessons are applied as follows. One prompts the student to engage in the first phase of the behavior. For example one prompts a student to pick up a knife and begin to direct it toward his arm as though to cut it with the knife. Then one arranges an aversive stimulus, for example one administers a GED skin shock. This is called a behavior rehearsal lesson. The student is prompted (against his will if necessary) to begin the undesired behavior (i.e., to move the knife in the direction of the arm) and is then receives an aversive stimulus while engaging in that beginning phase of the behavior.
Source: JRC’s own website: archive of http://www.judgerc.org/faqs.html (click question 24) (archive April 23rd 2008 by archive.org)
Aversive stimulus is an electric shock by there powerful remote shock devices.
JRC is Judge Rotenberg Center, formally BRI (The Behavior Research Institute).
BRI is Behavior Rehearsal Lessons.
GED That’s the shock device they use, the Graduated Electronic Decelerator. It’s remote controlled and puts out 106.3 volts (rms) at 14.8 milliamps (rms) for 2 full seconds. (that info comes from this article by the director of JRC: A Remote-Controlled Electric Shock Device for Behavior Modification).
Note I put a link to the archive of JRC’s page because the page has been mysteriously taken down from JRC’s website. Hmm I wonder why. Could it be that JRC’s incriminating evidence they post on there website is being used against them?
Edit Sep 21, 2018: Just to update law link.
Mass has a law stating that level III intervention (such as electric shock) not be used for minor misbehavior. Why isn’t JRC employees being prosecuted for violating it?! Why is this law being ignored?
According to 115 CMR (Code of Massachusetts) 5.14 (found on page 20 of the pdf):
Level III Interventions may be used only to address extraordinarily difficult or dangerous behavioral problems that significantly interfere with appropriate behavior and or the learning of appropriate and useful skills and that have seriously harmed or are likely to seriously harm the individual or others.
Am I the only one who has noticed this? JRC shocks children for things as minor as swearing, wetting the bed dozing daring the day, etc. JRC is clearly and openly breaking the law, and admitting to it. (See JRC FAQ Is it true that JRC uses skin shock to punish minor behaviors? That page of there site was down last time I checked you may have to view an archive of it.) Yet the legal system is letting them get away with it, with out even a slap on the wrist.
The worst thing ever was the BRLs. They try and make you do a bad behavior and then they punish you. The first time I had a BRL, two guys came in the room and grabbed me – I had no idea what was going on. They held a knife to my throat and I started to scream and I got shocked. I had BRL‟s three times a week for stuff I didn’t even do. It went on for about six months or more. I was in a constant state of paranoia and fear. I never knew if a door opened if I would get one. It was more stress than I could ever imagine. Horror. – MDRI interview with former JRC student
Source: Mental Disability Rights International report
Source: latest archive of Mental Disability Rights International report (page 12 of 67)
BRL stands for Behavioral Rehearsal Lesson. JRC stands for Judge Rotenberg Center, which was formaly known as BRI (The Behavioral Research Institute).
This has got to be one of the most unfair things JRC does.
Update Jan 1, 2015: The “Mental Disability Rights International” site was taken down, so I added a link to the archive of the document.
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