Torturers being allowed to present at a conference on the merits of their torture: that’s exactly what is happening at the ABAI conference this Thursday through Monday. ABAI is the Association for Behavioral Analysis International, the governing body of ABA practitioners. ABAI accredits ABA programs, which means they give the power to continue to do ABA based on meeting certain standards. ABAI has continued to endorse the Judge Rotenberg Center, and allows them to sponsor and present at their conferences.
One of the JRC’s presentations at this conference specifically focuses on the merits and ethics of the electric shock device. This means that ABAI is more than complicit in the abuse taking place at the JRC: they are actively endorsing these practices.
This year, the ABAI conference is being held in Boston from Thursday, May 26 through Monday, May 30th. Once the conference starts, let’s flood their hashtags, #ABAIBoston #ABAI2022, with the truth about the JRC and ABA, and demand that ABAI denounce the JRC and remove them as a sponsor, vendor, and presenter. Use the hashtag #StopTheShock to let them know that their active endorsement of torture will not go unnoticed.
You can use our updated fact sheet to explain why this is unacceptable and fight back against the JRC’s twisted words. Urge the leadership of ABAI to stand against the use of this device at the Judge Rotenberg Center, an institution that has been at the center of controversy for many years because of its continued use of this torture.
You can use the sample tweets below or write your own!
ABA is never okay, and neither is torturing disabled people. #StopTheShock and stop platforming the JRC. #ABAIBoston #ABAI2022.
#ABAIBoston should remove the Judge Rotenberg Center as a sponsor, vendor, and presenter. Here’s why: https://autisticadvocacy.org/stoptheshock/ #StopTheShock #ABAI2022
Listen to the autistic people you claim to serve, #ABAIBoston. Deplatform the Judge Rotenberg Center from #ABAI2022 and help #StopTheShock. More information here: https://autisticadvocacy.org/stoptheshock/
Tell #ABAI2022 #ABAIBoston that the JRC has no place as a sponsor, vendor, or presenter at their conference. Here’s why: https://autisticadvocacy.org/stoptheshock/
Tweet at #ABAI2022 #ABAIBoston and tell them that the Judge Rotenberg Center has no place as a sponsor, vendor, or presenter at their conference or anyone else’s. Here’s why: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2022/05/action-alert-abai-endorses-torture-and-we-cant-let-them-rest/
Autistic adults are telling #ABAI2022 that the JRC harms us, and that we don’t want them to be vendors, sponsors, or presenters at their conference. Let’s see if they listen. #StopTheShock https://autisticadvocacy.org/2022/05/action-alert-abai-endorses-torture-and-we-cant-let-them-rest/
Autistic people are tweeting at #ABAI2022 to demand an end to the JRC being a vendor, sponsor, or presenter at #ABAIBoston. Learn more about the movement to #StopTheShock here: https://autisticadvocacy.org/2022/05/action-alert-abai-endorses-torture-and-we-cant-let-them-rest/
ABA is never okay, and neither is torturing disabled people. #StopTheShock and stop platforming the JRC #ABAIBoston #ABAI2022. https://autisticadvocacy.org/2022/05/action-alert-abai-endorses-torture-and-we-cant-let-them-rest/