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FDA Advisory Panel Votes to Ban Shock!

Friday, April 25, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall
COPAA has actively worked since 2008 on many levels to combat the use of restraints, seclusion and aversive interventions as part of educational programs for children with disabilities with the issuance of the COPAA Declaration of Principles Opposing the Use of Restraint, Seclusion and Aversive Interventions (Passed 2008, updated 2011).

COPAA, as part of APRAIS, urged the FDA to approve the immediate and complete cessation of approval of the use of electric shock devices as a form of behavior control in a letter dated April 11,2014.  

Yesterday, the majority of members on an FDA advisory panel recommended to ban the devices that deliver painful electric shocks to students with disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center, saying the risks of the devices used for aversive therapy outweigh the benefits.


“What happened today is a big step forward in the fight to ban aversives and to free those currently at the judge Rotenberg Center,” said disability rights activist Ari Ne’eman, who attended the hearing. The panel of experts’ will make several recommendations to the US Food and Drug Administration regarding the use of the shocks for treatment. The only place they are used in the country is at the Canton-based Judge Rotenberg Center." Full article on Fox News 

Special thanks to TASH Executive Director Barb Trader for testifying on behalf of APRAIS at yesterday's hearing, and to our colleagues Nancy Weiss and Fredda Brown who have worked tirelessly against the use of shock at JRC for many years. 

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