• Petitioned New York Legislature and Governor Cuomo

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New York Legislature and Governor Cuomo
New York Governor
New York State Senate
New York State House

Stop the Flow of Taxpayer Dollars to Support Torture

    1. Petition by

      The Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Last month, in a trial against the Judge Rotenberg Center, lawyers for Andre McCollins played graphic video of his torture by contingent electric shock for seven hours in the name of treatment. Andre is from New York, as are the majority of the Judge Rotenberg Center’s residents (as many as 60%), where their tuition (over $250,000 per year per student) is largely paid by public funding from the state or school district.

New York Senator Martin Golden and Assemblywoman Joan Millman have filed legislation (S6294A-2011 and A9084A-2011) that would revise the social services law to prohibit any form of public funding to any school or program that uses aversive interventions, specifically naming contingent electric shock.

In the past, New York banned the use of contingent electric shock on any student from New York, but there is still a large student population at the JRC from New York supported by public funding.

If these two bills pass, this piece of legislation could potentially result in the permanent closure of the JRC. The majority of the JRC’s revenue comes directly from New York, and if New York permanently cuts funding to any facility, school, or program that uses aversives such as electric shock, which is explicitly named in the legislation.

We urge you, the New York Legislature, and the Governor of New York, to stand up for the rights of people with disabilities and end all funding for the JRC or any other facility that uses aversives. The JRC has come under repeated criticism from professionals in the field of developmental and intellectual disabilities, disability rights advocates including disabled people, and the families of people with disabilities. Yet the Massachusetts legislature has repeatedly failed to pass legislation banning the use of electric shocks.

Now you have the power to potentially close the JRC for good by eliminating the JRC’s primary source of funding. Students from New York may no longer be receiving electric shocks, but New York taxpayer dollars are supporting the JRC at over $250,000 each year for each student from New York, and that money goes directly to supporting the JRC’s use of contingent electric shock.

Stop the flow of taxpayer dollars to support torture, and vote for S6294A-2011 and A9084A-2011!

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    Reasons for signing

    • Sunny Avery PAHRUMP, NV
      • about 2 years ago

      This treatment of disabled, autistic children and

      adolescents is sadistically monsterous and

      horrifically brutal!! Parents!! Where ARE you?!

      Why are you NOT at least defending your OWN

      autistic child?! Or is it because YOUR child does

      not attend this school, so "it's no business of yours"?? SHAME on you for NOT standing up for the rights of those who cannot stand up for


    • Samantha Bodwell ARLINGTON, VA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am Autistic and know that torturing anyone, especially children, is wrong!

    • Anna Ladokhin IRVINE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      When I first became aware of the situation I was horrified. Perhaps you may think me naive, but I was sure that such 'methods' could not possibly be used in the present day. We need to get out of the Stone Age, people!

    • Meta Kane MILLBROOK, NY
      • over 2 years ago
    • Linda Chover MINNEAPOLIS, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      this astounded me


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