03 Jun '12, 6am

UN Calls For Investigation of Autism School's Electric Shock Treatment | Care2 Causes

UN Calls For Investigation of Autism School's Electric Shock Treatment | Care2 Causes

Juan Mendez, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on torture, is calling for an investigation of the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center (JREC), a school in Canton, Massachusetts that has the highly dubious distinction of being the “only one in the world” to administer electric shocks on autistic children and others with emotional-behavioral conditions or mental retardation, all in the name of “therapy.” As reported in the Guardian — whose reporters have witnessed the school in operation — Mendez has started discussions with the US mission to the UN in Geneva about investigating the JREC. Stating that he is “very concerned” about the JREC’s “treatment plan” of giving autistic children electric shocks on their skin via remote-control devices, Mendez said: The use of electricity on anyone’s body raises the question of whether this is therapeutic or whether it inflicts pain ...

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