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Statement on FDA Proposed Rule Banning Use of Electric Shock Devices

On April 22, 2016, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) issued the following statement on the proposed FDA rule to ban the use of electric shock devices such as those used at the Judge Rotenberg Center. Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a proposed rule to ban...

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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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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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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 7

by Shain Neumeier The medical malpractice case over the use of electric shock and restraints on Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center in 2002 went to the jury on Monday, 23 April. Even without any further witness testimony, however, the jury was only able to deliberate for 30 minutes,...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 6

by Shain Neumeier Witness testimony in the medical malpractice trial over the use of electric shock and restraint on Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center concluded on Friday, 20 April, with the examinations of JRC founder Dr. Matthew Israel and defense expert witness Dr. Lloyd Price.  Before the...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 5

by Shain Neumeier The case for the defense in the trial over the (alleged mis)use of electric shock and restraint on Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center continued on Wednesday, 18 April 2012.  After Dr. James Riley’s testimony concluded, his attorney, Edward Hinchey, called Dr. Carol Ball, a...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 4

by Shain Neumeier The defendants’ case in the ongoing medical malpractice trial over the longterm restraint and repeated electric shock of Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center began on Friday, 13 April, with the testimony of Dr. James Riley.  Attorney Edward Hinchey, representing Dr. Riley separately from the...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 3

by Shain Neumeier The trial over the restraint and electric shock of Andre McCollins at the Judge Rotenberg Center continued for a full day on 13 April, and included the conclusion of the plaintiff’s case alleging medical malpractice and the beginning of the defendants’ case to refute this claim. ...

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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part Two

by Shain Neumeier The medical malpractice case against the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) continued on Thursday with the continued cross-examination of the McCollins family’s expert witness, psychiatrist Dr. Marc Whaley.  Edward Hinchey, the attorney representing JRC employee Dr. James Riley, was questioning the witness for most of the day,...

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