The vast majority of people at the Judge Rotenberg Center are from New York State. If NY withdrew its students or disallowed the use of aversive procedures, JRC would likely close.
Thanks to tireless parent advocate Vito Albanese (drafter of Billy’s Law as well), legislation is proposed in New York to amend the social services law, in relation to the development of standards for the use of aversive interventions for children in public and private schools and programs, including residential facilities. The purpose of this law is to amend the Social Services law, to prohibit public funding to facilities providing aversive interventions, including but not limited to electric shock therapy.
Please review the legislation below and contact Governor Cuomo’s office, the offices of the two sponsors (Senator Martin Golden and Assemblywoman Joan Millman).
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