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For forty years, disability activists have fought to ban the Judge Rotenberg Center's harmful and abusive electric shock devices. This represents a big win for disability activism and human rights. fda.gov/news-events/pr…
One thing worth noting: this FDA rule prohibits the use of the JRC's form of aversive electric shock device. It doesn't (and wasn't expected to) prohibit aversives altogether. There's still a lot of activism to do on that front.
There are no circumstances where it is appropriate to subject people with disabilities, regardless of age, severity or background, to pain as a means of behavior modification.
There are no circumstances where it is appropriate to subject anyone, regardless of disability status, to aversives. We need to ban them, period. This is an important first step.
Nor should it escape our notice that people with disabilities still reside within the Judge Rotenberg Center - the fight to close that facility and all institutions must be ongoing.
Still, this is an important victory and worth celebrating. Activists have been fighting to stop the use of these devices for longer than I have been alive.
I wish people like Tom Nerney, who made this a major focus of his time and energy, were still with us to see this day. <3
I am awe of our movement for the time and energy we have put into this issue and frustrated with our society that this simple, small step took so many decades.
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