Please sign this new Petition to stop JRC. They shock students for very minor behaviors, including behaviors that are not aggressive.
The MA State Senate: Please Stop Painful Electric Shocks on Students at JRC in Massachusetts!: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-ma-state-senate-please-stop-painful-electric-shocks-on-students-at-jrc-in-massachusetts
At JRC, behavioral counseling is provided in a nontraditional format in which students are expected to learn how to self-manage their target behaviors. Students who request to speak with a psychologist must write a note or “business letter” requesting a session and “pay” with their tokens.
Student files contained documentation that JRC consistently requests that speech and language therapy, occupational therapy (OT), and counseling be removed from a student’s IEP. A review of IEPs of NYS students showed:
o 23 students had CSE recommendations for counseling that were later eliminated based on JRC’s recommendation;
o 12 students had IEP recommendations for speech and language therapy that were later eliminated based on JRC’s recommendation;
o Seven students had IEP recommendations for OT that were later terminated based on JRC’s recommendation and one continued OT on a “one hour per month – consult” basis; and
o Four students had IEP recommendations for PT that were later terminated based on JRC’s recommendation.
JRC Program Visitation Report– 6/9/2006 (http://www.boston.com/news/daily/15/school_report.pdf) page 22
Edit June 12, 2015: Last I checked the link above didn’t work. The document can be found in several other places on the internet. Here is a source that I used recently that I know is reliable: JRC Program Visitation Report– 6/9/2006 (https://autistichoya.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/nysed-2006-report.pdf).
(If all else fails there is always http://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22JRC+Program+Visitation+Report%22 )
In this article about the court case of Andre against JRC restraining him and shocking him 31 times in 7 hours some very notable things where mentioned about JRC and how they treat people.
The article is: http://autisticadvocacy.org/2012/04/the-judge-rotenberg-center-on-trial-part-3/
The article actually starts here http://autisticadvocacy.org/2012/04/the-judge-rotenberg-center-on-trial-part-one/ but i only read the 3rd webpage.
Behaviors that would be punished by electrical shock included “handclapping, talking out of turn, nagging and talking to himself”.
He was also shocked for tensing up.
While Andre was restrained the staff “at one point, removing his pants in order to put him in a diaper.”
It’s sure is sad and disturbing how they treat people at this place.
How do these people sleep at night?
How do you shock someone for such minor behaviors and think it’s OK?
I hope they realize what they’ve done and there conscience eats at them.
Judge Rotenberg Shock Torture Video