Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Association for Behavior Analysis International officially "approved" extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis electric skin shock "torture" once again, after autistic advocates demanded they stop approving it.

Actual autistic advocates have demanded the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) stop endorsing Dr. Israel Hurt's Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock, but ABAI has officially done it again. Here's how it happened:

After learning from the Reward and Consent blog (May 20, 2015) that ABAI officially "approved" the JRC as being "aligned" with ABAI's "mission," the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) (May 22, 2015) replied with its reprimand of ABAI:
The ASAN strongly condemns ABAI for their decision to feature JRC at their 2015 annual conference [sic - It was a convention.] ASAN demands that ABAI renounce the reprehensible torture of disabled students at the JRC, remove the JRC as a sponsor, vendor, and presenter, and bar them from future conferences [sic].  
Then toward the beginning of April 2016, the newly formed ABA Leaks investigative team tweeted its first results. Evan Anderson, an independent journalist who specializes in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA - pronounced FOYA) requests, gave this blogger, founder of ABA Leaks, a copy of a spreadsheet that the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission's (DPPC) Counsel Levrault released to him. It contains 410 complaints by JRC survivors in a ten year period, averaging one every ten days. It includes reports of sexual abuse and of burns from JRC's skin shock devices.

These are not the ECT of psychiatry's brain shock. Unlike ECT, ABA designs its shock devices with the full intention of causing pain. Pain in autistic and disabled children and adults is what ABA wants to cause in order to try to stop the "emission" of behaviors it wants to eliminate.

This blogger called ABAI about the spreadsheet and left a message. Maria Malott, CEO of ABAI, never returned his call.

April 13, 2016, ABA Leaks downloaded the recently released May 2016 ABAI Chicago Annual Program Book. It says Rotenberg is a "Premier Exhibit Sponsor" (p. 31). It also says,
ABAI Convention Sponsors have been approved by the Organizational Review Committee as being aligned with ABAI’s mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice (p. 23).
ABAI must know that the United Nations called JRC a place of "torture." (M√©ndez, 2013, p. 84-85).

Here is a video of JRC/ABA skin shock taking place, "ABA Aversion Therapy," which ABA calls "effective treatment." ABAI must be aware of this film. Trigger alert: Teenage boy tied to a restraint board, shocked, screaming in pain:

Here is the extended CBS Evening News interview of ABA/JRC skin shock survivor Jennifer Msumba. She describes how during shock she felt like she was in hell, tortured, beaten up, cold, sweaty, nauseous, and floating in an unreal world Maria Malott.

To date, there have been six deaths at BRI/JRC (Davies, 2014).

Will ASAN issue another condemnation of ABAI now that it's been shown that ABAI does not listen to Autistics Speaking? When will ABAI ban JRC from its annual conventions?


Altier(i) January 7, 2016: A smart schoolboy says Positive Behavior Support (PBS) is bad to him and his friends.

See also Altier(i) (January 22, 2016): [Edit note: I was wrong to praise them.] United Kingdom PBS advocates shun ABA skin shock pain.

See also Altier(i) (May 4, 2016): The Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) sends ABA Leaks a database of 410 severe abuse allegations at Rotenberg in a recent ten-year time span, averaging one charge per every ten days.


  1. Shame this can't be watched internationally. I would have liked to watch the video but alas geoblocking.

  2. 2016 and the torture of disabled children by the Sadists of JRC happens 24 hours a day. The U.N. condemned these illegally modified shock packs that burn these mental babies with 2nd and 3d degree burns. The Judge Rotenberg Center defended this by saying it didn't hurt badly enough. They enjoy making these poor children suffer. JRC starves them, shackles them, puts them in the dark, and shocks them. Monsters! How long will the cries and screams of these abused special needs children be ignored? Why aren't these children rescued from those depraved lunatics? Defending the defenseless and not closing eyes to evil is a great teaching of most just societies. Mengele would feel right at home at the Judge Rotenberg Center.

  3. Great news!

    I'd like to thank actually autistic leaders in Chicago who, perhaps after reading this post, have been organizing a protest for May 29, 2016 at the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) convention in Chicago because of ABAI's continuing "approval" of the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) skin shockers, even after the national Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) demanded that ABAI eject JRC from its events, as seen above in this post.

    To join the protest go to Facebook here:

    Have a great day there, everyone!

    Dave Jersey:


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