#StopTheShock

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Join us on our day of action, April 24th, to #StopTheShock – learn more and find your local #StopTheShock wait-in here!

The Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) is an institution in Massachusetts for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), mental health disabilities, and learning disabilities, including many autistic people. The people held at the JRC are disproportionately people of color. The Judge Rotenberg Center tortures some of the people living there using an electric shock device called a Gradual Electronic Decelerator (GED). Children and adults at the JRC are forced to wear the GED on their bodies. Using a remote control, someone else can use the GED to give an electric shock to the person wearing it. The JRC uses the GED as an “aversive:” they use the pain of the electric shock to punish people for doing certain things.

To learn more about the JRC, click hereScroll down to learn what YOU can do to #StopTheShock.

On April 24, 2014, the The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the government organization in the United States that decides what kinds of medical treatments can be used on people, held a hearing that led them to conclude that there is no way to use the GED without significant harm, and recommended a ban. Since then, they have drafted final regulations which would ban the use of electric shock devices as aversives. In December 2018, the FDA released their Unified Agenda, which said that they were working on finalizing the rule.

Over the past 5 years, your advocacy has been crucial to making it this far. You have talked with your elected officials, attended protests, sent letters, signed petitions, and spread the word on social media. We are so close to ensuring that no more disabled people are tortured with the GED at the Judge Rotenberg Center. But the FDA still hasn’t put the ban into action. On April 24, 2019, it will be 5 years since the FDA held their original hearing. We are still waiting for the FDA to #StopTheShock, and we need your help to make the final push to make that happen. Whether you have 5 seconds, 5 minutes, or 5 hours, join us on April 24th to let the FDA know #WeAreStillWaiting.

If you have 5 seconds:
  • Take a selfie of all the places you are waiting to #StopTheShock, and post your photos on social media.
  • Use social media to document other steps you are taking to #StopTheShock, like the ones listed below. Check out our social media kit for more ideas, and make sure to use the hashtags #WeAreStillWaiting and #StopTheShock!
  • Make a post on Facebook or Twitter with information about the JRC, the GED, and how #WeAreStillWaiting for the FDA to #StopTheShock. You can use our sample tweets below!

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