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ASAN, Disability Rights Organizations Call for Ban on Electric Skin Shock Devices

This press release is available as a Word document and in PDF format. Today, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), joined by over 60 disability advocacy organizations, called on the FDA to ban the use of contingent electric shock devices to modify the behavior of children and adults with...

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ASAN Letter to FDA Calling for Ban on Electric Skin Shock Devices

This letter is available as a Word document and in PDF format. June 4, 2015 Dr. Stephen Ostroff Commissioner U.S. Food and Drug Administration Re: Docket No. FDA-2014-N-0238 Dear Commissioner Ostroff, We are writing to urge the FDA to act on the recommendations of the Neurological Devices Panel of...

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“Prisoners of the Apparatus”: The Judge Rotenberg Center

By Quentin Davies The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts, has long been criticized for its treatment of disabled children and adults. It has been condemned by the current and previous United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Torture, many disability rights groups, current Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, and an FDA...

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ASAN Testimony to the Neurological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the FDA

ASAN President Ari Ne’eman gave the following testimony urging the ban of aversive-conditioning devices to the Neurological Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Good morning. My name is Ari Ne’eman, and I am testifying here in my role as President...

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Written Comment to the Food and Drug Administration on the Banning of Electrical Aversive Conditioning Devices

ASAN submitted written comment to the Food and Drug Administration, strongly urging the FDA to ban the use of electric  aversive conditioning devices. These comments are available here....

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ASAN Congratulates 2013 Champions of Change

Today at the White House, the disability community came together to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. At the celebration, 8 Champions of Change, representing the next generation of leaders in the Disability Rights movement, were named and honored. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is...

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Letter to Food and Drug Administration on the Judge Rotenberg Center

Margaret Hamburg Commissioner 10903 New Hampshire Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20993 US Food and Drug Administration Dear Commissioner Hamburg: We, the undersigned representatives of the disability and human rights community, are writing to express our gratitude for your recent actions regarding the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts. It...

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ASAN Calls for Swift Passage of Keeping All Students Safe Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Crucial Legislation Will Limit the Use of Restraints in Schools This past December, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) proposed S. 2020, the Keeping Students Safe Act, in response to widespread reporting of injuries and deaths of disabled students due to the use of restraints. This morning, the...

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Autistic Self Advocates and Allies Campaign for Electric Shock Ban

by Shain Neumeier   Wednesday, June 20, Autistic self-advocates Kevin Barrett and Shain Neumeier went to the Massachusetts State House with fellow aversives opponents Cheryl McCollins and Gregory Miller in order to convey ASAN’s support for Massachusetts Senate Budget Amendment #548, which would impose a statewide ban on the...

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Joint Letter to the Massachusetts Conference Committee

We are writing as concerned members of the disability community to urge you to give your support to Amendment #548, which bans the use of electric shock aversive “therapy,” as contained in the Senate FY 13 Budget We ask that this be included in the FY 13 Budget Conference...

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