Autism Activists on the Judge Rotenberg Center

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Autism advocates are following up on a DOJ investigation of the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC), a private Massachusetts school that punishes some autistic, retarded, and emotionally troubled students with electric shocks. The Judge Rotenberg Center, whose practices were recently condemned by the UN as “torture,” will be the subject of a radio interview between the International Coalition for Autism and all Abilities (ICAA) and Massachusetts state senator Brian Joyce. Joyce, who we’ve written about previously, has made stopping the JRC’s electric shocks a goal of his for the past decade. He’s introduced bill after bill trying to get the shocks outlawed, but this year his bill passed the Massachusetts senate and is headed to the House. ICAA’s interview with Joyce will air Wednesday, July 28, at 10am CST. You can listen to the broadcast then at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/icaa or find it on iTunes. To read Mother Jones‘s groundbeaking investigation of the Judge Rotenberg Center, click here

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