07 Jun '11, 3pm

Disabled Children Abused and Beaten in State Institutions:

Disabled Children Abused and Beaten in State Institutions:

Jonathan Carey, a 13-year-old autistic boy who was living at the Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center outside Albany, NY, was crushed to death in the backseat of a car by one of his caregivers on an afternoon in February 2007, while the driver of the car looked on through the rearview window and said nothing. Abuse against children like Carey was common in O.D. Heck, which is one of nine large institutions in New York that house the developmentally disabled. A long piece in the New York Times by Danny Hakim details the myriad of abuses in these institutions, seven of which have failed state health inspections since 2005. This is despite the fact that the state and the federal government provide $1.4 million annually to care for the residents of O.D. Heck. I encourage you to read the piece in full, because it sheds light on an astonishingly inhumane system, where vulnerable ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/human-rights/blog/disabled-ch...

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