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The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part One

by Shain Neumeier Almost ten years after Andre McCollins was restrained facedown for seven hours and shocked 31 times over that interval while attending the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center (JRC) in Canton, Massachusetts, the lawsuit against the program and some of its most important staff for these abuses, McCollins...

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ACTION ALERT: Tell the CDC “No” on Abuse-Enabling “Wandering” Code!

ACTION ALERT: Stop Dangerous CDC Proposal! A proposal being considered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), would create a new medical diagnosis for "wandering" by people with developmental disabilities. This proposal has no scientific basis and could cause many people to be abused and institutionalized....

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ACTION ALERT: Restraint & Seclusion Legislation National Call-In Day February 26th

Recently, the House Committee on Education and Labor voted H.R. 4247 out of committee with a vote of 35 to 10. Your hard work has certainly made a difference, but we need your continued efforts to advance this important legislation. Specifically, we need your assistance to get the bill...

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URGENT ACTION ALERT: HR 4247 Going to Committee This Week

H.R. 4247, the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act is going to be marked up by the House Education and Labor Committee this coming Thursday. In order to avoid amendments to the legislation that could potentially weaken the bill's ability to protect students, it is important we...

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ACTION ALERT: Restraint & Seclusion Legislation National Call-In Day January 21st

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), in conjunction with the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS), is asking you to join us in a National Call-In Day on Thursday, January 21st, 2010 to tell your members of Congress to support the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion...

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ACTION ALERT: Autistic Child Charged with Felony Assault after Resisting Restraint

Action Needed to Protect Child: An 11-year old Autistic boy in Arkansas named Zakhqurey Price is currently being charged with felony assault after fighting back when two staff members restrained him in response to behavioral challenges. The school has ignored repeated efforts from Zakh's grandmother over the course of...

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ASAN in Education Week article

ASAN President Ari Ne’eman was quoted in an¬†Education Week article¬†on the proposed federal legislation to protect students with disabilities from abusive use of restraint and seclusion, which, if enacted, would give students much greater protection than under existing law....

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