Saturday, December 9, 2017

Mr. Kip Oren, our newest ABA Leaks independent investigator led us to report: Is Applied Behavior Analysis a profession or not? There have been allegations of fraud and abuse against Kelle Wood Rich, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, CEO of the Central Texas Autism Center, yet the Behavior Analyst Certification Board still lets her practice.


Kelle (Wood) Rich, M.Ed., BCBA, Founder/CEO, Central Texas Autism Center


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If you are unfamiliar with how Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) works, please see Altieri (November 24, 2016). An actually autistic man defines and explains ABA.

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When people such as the courageous, frustrated father speaking in the videos seen below compare us to a cancer, we autistic people take offense. Different is great. Autism is beautiful. Progress is not possible without people like us. Conformity is boring and unproductive. We do not need a cure. We simply have a different operating system. We run the computer industry. We are poised to revolutionize global communication by virtue of our blunt, direct speech.

However, take note of Mr. Kipling Oren who recorded the following phone "call with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) legal team about Kelle Wood Rich's fraud and abuse." Oren provides YouTube with evidence that she had previously made the false claim that she has held a PhD Doctorate degree in her public LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, however ABA Leaks sees that today, December 9, 2017, Rich no longer says on her LinkedIn page that she has a PhD. Our search with the University of Texas Registrar does not retrieve her name as having any kind of degree from there. Her LinkedIn just says she had "post-Masters degree coursework" there. In addition, Rice (August 10, 2016) reported that Texas Child Protective services were also investigating Ms. Rich for making repeating demands of Oren's son while he was upset and then she used multiple adults to pin him down to the floor and restrain him.

So we at ABA Leaks join Oren who is asking: If these allegations of fraud and abuse are true, then why does the BACB allow her to practice as a BCBA today? Where are the ABA standards? Is ABA a profession or not?

See also Altieri (November 21, 2015). "Here's why ABA is a profiteering pseudoscience cult."

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Oren (May 15, 2017a) wrote on his YouTube channel:

My frustrating call with the BACB's legal team. BACB is actively involved in covering up BCBA Kelle Wood Rich's ... abuse and fraud. Kelle Wood Rich is the owner and president of the Central Texas Autism Center. 


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Oren (May 15, 2017b) said,
Ms. Rich's history includes multiple abuse and fraud claims. Ms. Rich has been caught faking a Ph.D. from the University of Texas for 12 years. This video demonstrates Ms. Rich's academic fraud. To date, Dr. James Carr, BCBA-D, CEO of the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, has refused to take action against Ms. Rich.


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See also Rice (August 10, 2016). Child Protective Services investigates alleged abuse at Lake Pointe Elementary School in Texas.


The investigation took place in response to a complaint filed by parent Kipling Oren, who says the school district violated a 7-year-old student’s behavioral intervention plan when Rich repeatedly asked the student to write his name on a piece of paper while the student began to have a meltdown. The student, who has been identified by his father as falling somewhere on the autism spectrum and suffers from epileptic seizures, has “cool down” methods described in his behavioral intervention plan, such as moving him to a “safe spot” away from classmates, according to the complaint. Oren says that since the incident took place, the student has suffered more and longer seizures due to the amount of stress the student suffered on March 12, 2015. “Ms. Rich continued to repeat the same demand while (the student) became a serious threat of harm to self,” Oren’s updated complaint filed with the TEA reads. “Ms. Rich continued to repeat the same demand while she utilized multiple adults to pinion (the student) to the floor and physically restrain him.”

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I produced this video as part of a complaint that I filed with the BACB. Kelle Wood Rich is a "behavior analyst" with a history of child-abuse claims, one of which settled with a large payment to the victim (a 10-year-old special-needs child). Ms. Rich holds no health care license issued by the state, and is not supervised by anyone who holds a healthcare license (such as a doctor or psychiatrist). Ms. Rich owns the Central Texas Autism Center (CTAC) in Austin, Texas. This video demonstrates that Ms. Rich has falsified her academic credentials in a flagrant manner for over a decade. After having been caught, Ms. Rich revised her public profiles and no longer claims to have obtained a Ph.D. Ms. Rich continues to operate in the public schools despite her past bad acts. To date, Dr. James Carr, BCBA-D, CEO of the BACB, has refused to take action against Ms. Rich.



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Oren (May 19, 2017) said, "Are you considering using the Central Texas Autism Center? Beware!"

If you are considering utilizing the services of the Central Texas Autism Center for your special-needs child, do your due diligence. I would suggest that you ask Kelle Wood Rich [CEO and Owner of CTAC] to provide you a copy of the First Amended Complaint in the case, P.R. v. Central Texas Autism Center [Case No. D-1GN-08-003644, Travis County, Texas]. This was an abuse and fraud claim brought against the Central Texas Autism Center. [It settled with a large payment to the 8-year-old victim.] I would also suggest that you ask Ms. Rich to provide to you a copy of her Ph.D. [degree] from the University of Texas. Until recently, in an effort to solicit business, Ms. Rich represented to the world that she had obtained a Ph.D. from UT. Mysteriously, she has taken this claim down, after having been hit with two separate complaints issued to the BACB, the certifying body that oversees her BCBA status. I would also suggest that you look at other videos associated with my name. Good luck. And God bless you.



Related posts


Altieri (first published April 29, 2017). ABA has a Terrible Timeline it will never publish and here it is. This report includes works of the "CounterControllers" to the ABA Controllers.

Altieri (May 1, 2017). A Clockwork Orange in Denver. International ABA convention "approves" Canton, Massachusetts' extremely painful electric skin "shock therapy" after autistic advocates told them year after year to stop "approving" this torture. Is all ABA Empathy Disabled?

Thursday, December 7, 2017

ABA Leaks finds the "most positive" thing that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has to offer is artificial praise ("conditioned praise") paired with doggie treat bribes ("food reinforcement") after the Controllers have starved ("effectively deprived of food") actually autistic, 18-month-old toddlers.


The "most positive" thing that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has to offer is artificial praise ("conditioned praise") paired with doggie treat bribes ("food reinforcement") after the Controllers have starved ("effectively deprived of food") actually autistic, 18-month-old toddlers.

Otherwise, they're addicted to so-called "aversion therapy," which includes abuses such as slapping faceswater in faces, lemon in mouths, and extremely painful electric skin shock.

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We are ABA Leaks of Facebook and we lead the baby of all new disability movements, the Counter-Controllers to the ABA Controllers. Dr. Frankenstein has created his monster and we are it!




Saturday, November 25, 2017

ABA Leaks finds CNN Anderson Cooper report: Kirk Murphy, the survivor of UCLA's Applied Behavior Analysis "Sissy Boy Experiment," committed suicide.






A survivor of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) "Gay Conversion Therapy" from the 1974 eventually committed suicide. The chief researcher, Rekers, said it is "unscientific" to conclude that he killed himself due to what he and O. Ivar Lovaas did to him with their "Sissy Boy Experiment." In the end, according to Anderson Cooper of CNN, a gay escort said Rekers gave him "sexual massages" in sex. Rekers denied it. (See Bullock and Thorp (May 6, 2010). "George Rekers is a homosexual, escort says.")

According to Cooper, the boy's real name was Kirk Andrew Murphy. Rekers and Lovaas (1974) called him Kraig to conceal his identity in "Behavioral treatment of deviant sex-role behaviors in a male child," Vol. 7, Issue 2, pp. 173-190, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. They later said he had a "Sissy Boy Syndrome." They coerced him with the typical ABA poker chip token economy. The red chip for so-called "feminine behavior" resulted in beatings from his father. His mother said his father gave him "welts" on is body. Rekers and Lovaas claimed they effectively took away his effeminate behaviors.

Thirty years later his mother called it "murder." His brother said, "The only thing they did was they destroyed our brother. They took him away from us." His mother remembers "welts up and down his back and on his buttocks." She said that if one man causes the death of another, it is "murder."

Before that Lovaas put a young autistic girl barefoot on a UCLA electric grid floor torture lab. (See Grant, 1965, in Life Magazine. "Screams, slaps and love. A surprising, shocking treatment helps far-gone mental cripples.")

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This is what ABA still does to its actually autistic victims today. We call it camouflaging the autism. A gay man can pretend he's straight and marry a woman. He lives a lie. He lives in the closet, concealing his true identity. He's not happy. That is exactly what ABA never stopped doing to the autistic community. We can pass as "normal," but we live a lie and struggle in shame to hide our ausome autism from the domineering neurotypical world. Profiteering ABA is the leading bully network against us.

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Actually autistic researcher Michelle Dawson (January 18, 2004) covered this subject in "The Misbehavior of Behaviorists." This is THE landmark, groundbreaking Behavioral Ethics paper which she penned from the point of view of the truly autistic community, of ABA's direct victims, the true voice of autism speaking, not our parents who have no clue how it feels to be subjected to ABA's "autism or gay conversion therapies."
 
Dawson said:
In the 1970's, researchers at UCLA authored peer-reviewed articles about the first successes of their program for transforming the inadequate and inappropriate behaviours of young children. This behaviour intervention was considered essential for many reasons: the children's disordered behaviours caused emotional distress in their parents; the behaviours were disruptive and judged unacceptable by society and the children's peers; the behaviours also displaced the proper functioning of these children, who were said to be suffering; and intervention at the earliest possible sign of deviant behaviours was necessary since the prognosis for adolescence and adulthood was notoriously poor and treatment later in life was known to be futile.

This project, like many others at the time, was generously funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. The principal investigator, that is the person whose name brought in the funding, was Dr. Lovaas. This comprehensive and intensive behaviour intervention used the principles of operant conditioning to displace maladaptive behaviours, which were punished, with more desirable behaviours, which were rewarded. The most effective punishment was found to be spanking or hitting the children.

The reported success of this intervention was unqualified. People seeing videos of one of the children before and after treatment described him as "two different boys"; he now looked and acted like any other boy. The goal of creating children "indistinguishable" from their peers was apparently achieved. The reports of this success generated controversy, requiring Dr. Lovaas and the other researchers involved to defend their project and its results.

The UCLA project described above was the Feminine Boy Project. Its immediate goal was to replace feminine behaviours (e.g., "maternal nurturance" and playing with girls) with masculine behaviours (e.g., playing with a toy submachine gun and rough-housing with boys) in gender-role-deviant young boys. Its workhorse was Dr. Lovaas' student, the young researcher George A. Rekers. And prominent among its long-term goals was preventing homosexuality.

The role of societal intolerance in choosing target behaviours was mentioned in one of the Rekers/Lovaas studies. The authors concluded that it is more realistic to change those hurt by intolerance than to change the intolerant behaviours of society. This position is known to be short-sighted and to extrapolate badly, as many dissenters noticed.

In fact, ethics-based dissent, including from the late ABA pioneer (and defender of Dr. Lovaas' work in autism) Donald M. Baer, dominated the considerable criticism generated by this project. Everyone noticed that a project presuming to transform the nature of unconsenting clients through behaviour interventions must be challenged as to its ethics. Criticisms of the FBP's choice of good-male/bad-female behaviours were plentiful. The participation of interested parties, such as transsexuals, homosexuals, transvestites, and feminists was argued to be essential in project decision-making. The impoverishment of society through the eradication of a variety of behaviours and what those possessing them may contribute was mentioned. The assumption that non-heterosexuals are dysfunctional and miserable as adolescents and adults was severely questioned.

Critics barely touched on the issue of aversives, and did not split hairs over data points; instead they highlighted the problem of to whom therapists are responsible. Who do they serve: the client, or the client's parents, or society and its values, or themselves and their own values?

Dr. Rekers, Dr. Lovaas, and some others responded with their own ethics: "Once parents and professionals have concluded that a boy has a gender disturbance, a therapist cannot ethically refuse to treat the child." Dr. Rekers, with two others, added in another defense: "If a parent brings a child to a psychologist and asks that the possibility of homosexual development be prevented, is this not an ethically and professionally proper goal for the psychologist?" Defending his work with Dr. Lovaas, Dr. Rekers also used the rationales that homosexual behaviour was (in California, at the time) illegal, and that he shared the same Christian values as the parents involved.
This and Dr. Rekers' great volume of similar work revealed that his principles were fundamentalist, rather than scientific. He objected to homosexuality being removed from the DSM, and proposed it be returned there. He expressed incredulity and indignation that those having the pathology of homosexuality had any say in its classification and treatment.

The two FBP successes reported in Rekers/Lovaas case studies were found to be bisexual on follow-up. One of these successes had attempted suicide at age 18, after his first homosexual encounter.

When I described the FBP to Dr. Gresham, he stated that such a project would not, by his standards, pass ethical review.

For some time the FBP ran concurrently at UCLA with what later became known as the Young Autism Project. While Dr. Lovaas, whose FBP NIMH funding terminated in 1976, has wisely distanced himself from the former, the latter has made him a legend. So the problem is not that apparently successful behaviour interventions, and those like Dr. Lovaas who develop and implement them, are immune to ethical challenges from behaviourists and others. As demonstrated in Auton, the problem is that Dr. Rekers-style intolerance of autistics is the unexceptional norm: it is community standards, it is de rigor, it resembles--see Dr. Maurice's "Let Me Hear Your Voice"--religion.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Here's a brief commentary on Brill (July 19, 2012). Time out vs. time in: What's the difference?


Brill (July 19, 2012). Time-out vs. time-in: What's the difference?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) would say that time-ins which empathize with the child during upsetting moments "ineffectively attend to problem behavior. Therefore, time-ins reinforce bad behaviors inappropriately." However, Brill describes ABA-style time-out as inhumane and gives us this humane alternative to ABA's dog biscuit "treatments."

Friday, September 22, 2017

ABA Leaks finds Applied Behavior Analysis' (ABA's) "Cardgate" scandal is worse than previously reported. Not only do ABA providers and students make fun of autistic people, their song on Soundcloud, "A Good Game of Cards," seems to allude to childhood sexual abuse, crudely.

Applied Behavior Analysis' (ABA's) "Cardgate" image alludes to The Occult. For coverage of ABA and sorcery see our ABA Leaks page in Facebook.

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First see Luterman (September 4, 2017). "Cardgate" scandal uncovers widespread disrespect of autistic people by Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) providers.


Then see Sequenzia (September 6, 2017). ABA providers making fun of autistic people.


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Cards Against Humanity LLC.

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Your dumb questions. Is there an official Cards Against Humanity theme song? Of course there is. It's called "A Good Game of Cards" and it was written and recorded by our friends, The Doubleclicks. You can download the song as a DRM-free Mp3.

[Alert: alludes to child sex abuse.] 

Play a game with me. Tell me why I'm sickie. You're my closest friends. Tell me how the world will end. Friends helping friends, meeting new people, answering questions both easy and hard. There's nothing nicer than playing a good game of cards. At last we can have a debate all about concealing a boner or whipping it out. We'll talk about sex. Makes you spend their time flying. Children on leashes and ¿? to lions.... Play a game with me. What are my parents hiding from me? You're my closest friends. Let's be dicks to children. Is that sound a falcon with a cap on its head or is it the fact that my parents are dead? We can find out when we're playing a good game of cards. The game is so peaceful and we're all guilt-free like Oprah when she sobs into Lean Cuisine. It's not gibber jabber. We all feel at ease. Maybe we're born with it. Maybe it's just-B's? Play a game with me. Why do I hurt all over? You're my closest friends. Tell me what war's good for. When you are gone I assure you you're missed. Why don't we all make the penises kiss. There's nothing nicer than playing a good game of cards.

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Here is the new version of Cards Against Humanity's incomplete set of cards.

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Scelzo (August 31, 2017). Cards Against Humanity is back with a whole new deck to destroy your next party.

Cards Against Humanity — the dirtier version of Apples To Apples — has been ruining friendships since 2011. But now the game is back with a whole new fresh deck in case your "What's that smell?" answers were getting a little stale. According the game's new "back to school"- themed website, the Cards Against Humanity 2.0 deck is now 600 cards filled with over 150 new jokes updated for 2017, some of which include "Diversity," "Dick pics," and "The arrival of pizza."

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Murphy (March 11, 2015). Finally, you can play Cards Against Humanity online (the old version.)

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Here's the Cards Against Humanity Wiki



Friday, July 28, 2017

ABA Leaks finds electric skin shock torture is essential "human and non-human organism experimental subject data science" to all Experimental Behavior Analysis and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA Leaks believes all lab rat Skinner Boxes have electric grid floors.

As many as 86% of a sample of ABAers might consider the use of extremely painful electric skin shock, even though two UN Special Torture Rapporteurs called skin shock on ABA four-point restraint board shackles "torture." See Table 2, page 217 at Brown, F., Michaels, C. A., Oliva, C. M., & Woolf, S. B. (2008). Personal paradigm shifts among ABA and PBS experts: Comparisons in treatment acceptability. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions10(4), 212-227.

Therefore and in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the Special Rapporteur determines that the rights of the students of the JRC (Judge Rotenberg Center) subjected to Level III Aversive Interventions by means of electric shock and physical means of restraints have been violated under the UN Convention against Torture and other international standards. (Méndez, 2013, p. 85), United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Next see Altieri (June 27, 2016). The "data" is in. Each and every Applied Behavior Analysis member completely supports or is complicit to ABA's extremely painful electric skin shock "torture." Establishing argument: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is different from Positive Behavior Support (PBS), despite some overlap. PBS rules out ABA punitive techniques as unnecessary and therefore unethical. However, PBS does punish in practice, despite its theoretical claims that it doesn't.

Then follow below:





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Yale University (1948). Psychology experiment. Hungry Rat: "Motivation and Reward in Learning." 

This is how Experimental Behavior Analysis (EBA) paw-shocks rats in B. F. Skinner Boxes. EBA paw shock "data" informs Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) "how to apply the most effective aversion therapy technologies to the socially important behavior problems of the deviant individuals with autism," ABA says. We at ABA Leaks call it human and non-human animal "torture." So does the United Nations. As far as we know now, all new Skinner Boxes are capable of paw shocking lab rats.



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Altieri (April 29, 2017). ABA has a Terrible Timeline it will never publish and here it is.

Stafford (May 17, 2017). ADAPT goes to FDA to take on the JRC skin shockers.

Altieri (May 1, 2017). Denver. May 25-29, 2017. The Association for Behavior Analysis International annual convention officially "approves" extremely painful ABA electric skin shock torture once again, after autistic advocates have told them year after year they must stop approving it. Is all ABA deaf, dumb, and blind?

Altieri (April 15, 2017). As unbelievable as it sounds, ABA Leaks concludes, beyond a reasonable doubt, that ABA is a direct cause of their well-known extremely painful electric skin shock "treatment" now as we speak on gay victims of the newly-reported Russian concentration camps, the likes of which the world has never seen since Adolph Hitler's mid-Twentieth-Century, white-supremacy, neurotypical, scientifically-genocidal Nazi Party rounded up, imprisoned, tortured, sterilized, and annihilated 6,000,000 gays, disabled people, and all the others.

Altieri (April 6, 2017). Did the Executive Director of Canton, Massachusetts' JRC of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock torture lie to the IRS about her institution's racial discrimination?

Dawson (February 24, 2017). ABA leaders again welcome the JRC's egregious practices. Association for Behavior Analysis International symposium complete with Behavior Analyst Certification Board credits.

Altieri (February 17, 2017). News from 2016 to 2017 shows precisely how violent a place is Canton, Massachusetts' ABA JRC of extremely painful electric ABA skin shock.

Msumba (February 16, 2017). What are my nightmares about? The JRC.



Altieri (February 16, 2017). The seventh death with Canton, Massachusetts JRC of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock torture was an unborn baby, according to the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission.

Msumba (Dec 31, 2016). My life inside the JRC Skin shock aversives. What it was like.




Altieri (August 10, 2016). JRC's Executive Director Crookes told the FDA she put skin shock device electrodes on her clients' buttocks.

Altieri (July 22, 2016). Terri Du Bous, the next emancipated JRC survivor, speaks.

Altieri (May 4, 2016). The Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission sends ABA Leaks a database of 410 severe abuse allegations at JRC in a recent ten-year time span, averaging one charge per ten days.

Altieri (November 3, 2015). JRC skin shock torturers offered ABAers $85,000+ to work in its "happy environment."

Altieri (October 12, 2015). Two UN Special Rapporteurs on Torture condemn JRC's electroshock torture of autistics and others.



Kosovskaya and Altieri (June 11, 2015). From Russia with love. Actually autistic #superhero Anna Kosovskaya escapes Canton, Massachusetts Judge Rotenberg Center of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis electroshock torture. Her self-reported adventures with interviewer analysis.

Anna Kosovskaya of Facebook
Altieri (May 20, 2015). The Association for Behavior Analysis International officially "approves" the Judge Rotenberg Center of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock.

Altieri (May 1, 2015). My one day of electric shock was worse than 36 years of antipsychotics, which I happen to enjoy very much, just as many others like me also appreciate them, according to my psychiatrists, while ABA claims its coercive methods are so much better than medicine, which they ain't, not by a long-shot, if you will only listen to all their victims instead of their biased, multibillion-dollar-operation disseminators.

Altieri (August 20, 2014). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board condones extremely painful ABA skin shock torture.

Davies (August 9, 2014). "Prisoners of the apparatus": The JRC.

Msumba and Werner (Aug 5, 2014). CBS Evening News extended interview with Jennifer Msumba.



Dawson (May 17, 2009). Saving autistics and the world: Skin shock at the 2009 ABA convention.

Dawson (January 26, 2009). The origins of ABA-based autism interventions.

Dawson (January 18, 2004). The misbehavior of the behaviorists: Ethical challenges to the autism-ABA industry.

Skinner (January 1, 1938). The behavior of organisms.

Pavlov (January 1, 1927). Conditioned reflexes. An investigation of the physiological activity of the cerebral cortex.
[Edit note: Russian Pavlov cut holes in dog's cheeks to collect and measure their drippings of saliva. Then he showed them meat and rang a tone or a metronome together. Dogs salivated to the pairing. Then he withdrew the meat and sounded the tone. Dogs salivated to the tone, while it had been a neutral stimulus with relation to saliva, under this classical conditioning, pairing stimuli together to simultaneously gain an effect, subsequently the tone would become the conditioned stimulus. DA]

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

ABA Leaks finds in 2016 Massachusetts revoked the license of the Eagleton School, which did Applied Behavior Analysis, because the state charged five staffers, at first, and eventually sixteen, with different kinds of criminal abuse of autistic boys.



Video from Fay (April 8, 2016). WWLP.com22 News.

Massachusetts revoked the license of the Eagleton School, which did Applied Behavior Analysis, because the state charged five staffers, at first, and eventually sixteen, with different kinds of criminal abuse of autistic boys.

Was Massachusetts getting ready to close the Judge Rotenberg Center of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis electric GED skin shock? ABA's GED is not the ECT brain shock of psychiatry. ECT is not supposed to hurt. ABA claims it wouldn't be so "effective" in "decelerating the frequency rates of challenging behaviors" without causing so much pain. GED stands for the "Graduated Electronic Decelerator." See Davies (August 9, 2014). “Prisoners of the Apparatus”: The Judge Rotenberg Center of Canton, Massachusetts and neighboring towns.

Here is the archived link to Eagleton's old profile, before Massachusetts revoked their license. Look at the rosy picture they painted of their "Applied Behavior Analysis" institution. Eagleton said it did Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), mostly on autistic boys, grade 5-12.

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This final section of this post is copied and pasted word for word from Altieri (April 29, 2017). Applied Behavior Analysis has a Terrible Timeline it will never publish and here it is.

Remember. Never believe anything an ABAer claims is true in her brag sheets. [Edit note: An ABA Controller is usually a woman, so I often, but not always, use just the "she" pronoun for them, instead of the cumbersome "he or she" or the confusing, grammatically-incorrect singular "they." DA.]

Look at how the Eagleton School said wonderful things about itself in January, 2016. Two weeks later Eagleton's sh*t hit the ABA fan. Massachusetts investigators invaded their "bucolic" Western Massachusetts campus and shut them down. The state charged 16 of their staffers with various kinds of criminal abuse against their grade 5-12, all-boy, mostly autistic and other kinds of childhood and teenage victims.

These are the terms Eagleton used to promote themselves to unsuspecting parents who would read their marketing ploys and sign the informed consent documents:
Kurt Garivaltis, Admissions Director. Admissions Associate Chad Astore. Grades 5-12. Founded 1977. Eagleton School is a residential psycho-educational treatment center for boys and young, men with, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disorders, Psychiatric Disorders, Emotional Disturbances, trauma issues, challenging behavioral problems, and/or learning disabilities. A structured milieu facilitated in an open setting provides socialization, challenges, and opportunities for working toward a positive self-image and reintegration into home and community. Eagleton operates its residential/academic program year round providing intensive education and counseling, and unique experiential and pre-vocational opportunities in a safe, predictable environment. Eagleton School is a residential psycho-educational treatment center for boys and young, men with challenging behavioral problems, developmental disorders, psychiatric disorders, emotional disturbances, trauma issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and/or learning disabilities. Eagleton School has successfully provided 24 hour residential, educational and therapeutic programming for many generations of adolescent boys during the past 38 years of its existence. The school is nestled on a scenic 46 acre campus within the bucolic Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, in the town of Great Barrington. Services provided to the young men at Eagleton School are focused around the educational, interpersonal, and social growth of each individual student. This has enabled them to return to their home school district and communities with the skills necessary to display positive behaviors, handle the stressors of life on life's terms, and the vocational and academic skills needed to become gainfully employed, productive members of society. Since our inception, the population of Eagleton students has dramatically evolved. Like many older residential treatment facilities, our roots are in the behaviorally disordered, juvenile delinquent population. Approximately twenty years ago, with the addition of the addition of a sophisticated clinical team, Eagleton began to serve a more psychiatric population which included organic mental illness and trauma survivors. In the past decade, the population shifted again, through the explosion of growth with students on the autism spectrum. At this time, approximately 75% of our current population maintains a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum Disorder co-morbid with other diagnoses. Additionally, this year Eagleton broke ground on a state-of-the-art self-contained program servicing the severely autistic young man. Applied Behavior Analysis and intensive staffing augment the structured milieu. [Bold italics added. DA] Eagleton school. (January 19, 2016. Profile last updated. August 9, 2016. Most current web archive date. Private School Review).
Altieri (May 5, 2016). Berkshire County. Massachusetts charges Eagleton School staff with abuse and revokes its license. [They did ABA to autistic boys.]

Ropek (May 4, 2016). Nine former employees of Eagleton school for boys with autism charged with abusing students; arrest warrant issued for one. [They did ABA to autistic boys.]

Gentile (May 4, 2016). Nine additional former Eagleton School staffers facing assault charges. [They did ABA to autistic boys.]
This brings to 16 the number of Eagleton employees who have been charged in the case. The residential school for boys with special needs was closed last month following a state-led multi-agency investigation.... A police raid on January 30 triggered the investigation, which, according to state officials, revealed a school-wide pattern of abuse, reportedly over the course of several years....
Four of the defendants charged Monday are from Berkshire County. They are Eric D. Williams, 34, Derek L. Saunders, 42, and Alexis Lopez, 23, all of Pittsfield; and Martin G. Schmidt, Jr., 46, of Lenox. Williams faces one count of assault and battery and assault and battery on a disabled person. Saunders faces the same charges plus assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Schmidt is charged with three counts each of assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Lopez faces six counts each of assault and battery and assault and battery on a disabled person, as well as one count of assault and battery with intent to inflict injury.
Also arraigned were Michael Bell, 44, of Watervliet, N.Y., who was charged with one count each of assault and battery; Justin Senecal, 26, of Palmer, one count each of assault and battery on a disabled person; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery with intent to cause injury.
Darien C. Sinclair, 24, of Albany, N.Y., was charged with three counts each of assault and battery and assault and battery on a disabled person and Christopher O. Welch, 24, of also of Watervliet was charged with one count each of assault and battery and assault and battery on a disabled person.
Isaac H. Harris-El, 41, of Watervliet, was also summonsed but did not appear in court.
He faces the most charges: six counts each of assault and battery and assault and battery on disabled person and one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, attempting to intimidate a victim or witness and assault and battery with intent to cause injury.
All eight defendants pleaded not guilty and were all released on their own recognizance.
Fact. January 30, 2016. Berkshire County, Massachusetts. "A police raid at the Eagleton School triggered an investigation, which, according to state officials, revealed a school-wide pattern of abuse, reportedly over the course of several years (Gentile, May 4, 2016)." The state eventually revoked its license. They did ABA to autistic boys.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Kupferstein (July 14, 2016). How I teach autistic students without using Applied Behavior Analysis.


 In her article from The Art of Autism entitled "How I teach autistic students without using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)," Kupferstein (July 14, 2016) said,

Many of my autistic piano students are ABA survivors. They have been led to believe that they have no original thoughts, intentions, or free will. Everything they do is scripted, and everything they don’t do is conditioned. It takes us weeks to begin undoing the damage. In the worst cases, it takes months or years, depending on their age and the length of the ABA-induced trauma.
ABA for autistics is based on Pavlov’s operant conditioning for dogs. In this video, you can see the lone dog waiting for permission to have fun. Watching this clip, I can almost hear the ABA kid saying, “Miss Ashley–what am I working for? After I swim for 5 minutes, can I have 15 minutes of iPad time?”



In the (next) video, you can see a non-speaking autistic piano student who was kicking and screaming straight through his first lesson. By the second week, he was playing and reading independently. By the third week, he was happy to follow my guidance to correct his fingering. One month later, this student is now playing with two hands and waits all week for his lesson time, ready to shine. In the first lesson, he had to be convinced to read and play only after the dreaded reward chart was shown to him. After the first month of lessons, he is happily seated at the piano without any rewards mentioned. With my autistic piano students, the work starts from the first lesson when the student realizes that playing the piano is the ‘reward’ and not the ‘task’ with which to work on for a reward.



Here is the best part of Kupferstein (July 14, 2016). See how she lambasts and annihilates ABA in ethics debate here:

ABA (applied behavior analysis) is considered an ‘evidence-based treatment’ for autism, only because the evidence is based on Pavlov’s dogs. When applied to humans, the parent who prefers a favorable outcome will be delighted that their child finally learned to go potty. The problem extends into the ethics of those in position of power who determine the goals. The therapist and parent get to decide on a list of behaviors to enforce, and a list of behaviors to diminish. This can include much-needed self regulatory stimming (Also read Kupperstein (June 3, 2016). Reframing autistic behavior problems as self-preservation. A Freudian view). As in child sexual abuse*, the victim will lifelessly comply if they are groomed with compliments and treats. Just like Pavlov speculated, we are more likely to repeat a behavior once we learn that it produces positive consequences.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This is the Leviticus loophole, the gay men's ticket to heaven, straight out of Jersey Pride in Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, first Sunday, June, 2017.

Robin Margolis photographed this picture, unknown to me at the time, in 2016. That's me doing "Just Nose," as Safety Pat the Proud Autistic Schizophrenic Silly Whistleblowing Clown on the Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA Boardwalk outside Convention Hall with a bystander and with my fiancé, Patriarch Athenagoras, Greek "Man of Love." I had proposed to 500 straight men per month. Gays are not my type on account of all the barebacking, unprotected anal sex. I'm used to all the rejections. Patriarch didn't say "No" when I got down on my knees and proposed. He had no objection to the prenups I read him. He doesn't bicker or talk back. His beard is thick and wavy and what a uniform. He'll make a perfect husband, ladies and jellyspoons! The protest we encountered in the story that follows took place nearby his steady pose where the old Howard Johnson's and Convention Hall meet the street at Sunset Park, which is where Jersey Pride, Inc., hosts the rally and festivities each first Sunday in June after the parade.

Convention Hall at Jersey Pride Rally and Festival, Asbury Park, New Jersey, USA, first weekend in June each year; June, 2017

Rally and Festival, June, 2017

Rally and Festival, Sunset Park, June, 2017

Jersey Pride Parade, June, 2017

Jersey Pride Parade, June, 2017

Jersey Pride Parade, June, 2017

Two friends of mine from the Asbury Park gay community, Shaune Pony Heath-Thilberg and his husband Jonathan, hugged and praised me yesterday for walking up into the faces of two demonstrating anti-gay Jesus preachers at Gay Pride Asbury yesterday and debating the Bible with one of them. They told me the people who witnessed it were moved by what I did. I went home in tears after they told me that.

I made my last point in the face-to-face debate with the older of the two and turned to the group surrounding the Christians to tell them how the debate went. He was a good listener and we did take turns speaking and listening, so I did not feel bad about him personally. In the second part of the debate, which I have not yet announced anywhere, we reached an impasse, and I told him, "That's a good point," and I turned away from him to face the group. (That's like debating how many angels can fit on the head of a pin. One can make a good point, but it's ridiculous.)

I said to them,
Here's how you do it. Leviticus, "A man shall not lie with a man as he does with a woman." So I told the guy, "You kneel and I'll stand up on my feet. Nobody will be lying down with anybody." So he said, "That's fornication," sex outside marriage. I said, "Yes, but now we have gay marriage." That's your ticket to heaven, everybody! 
Then I walked away to continue to clown the Boardwalk for Pride Day. People want to know why I clown. I tell them the cause. To save the world from #punishmentRunAmok. I'd not be so successful were I not so delusional.

The first step is to #CloseTheJRC of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) skin shock. Then we bankrupt ABA. Then we show the world our Reward and Consent (R+C) (dual parent and child consent) Cognitive Behavioral Teaching (CBT) method. Then we teach activists how to use it.
Get up off the ground so nobody can pick you up. Politicians just want to get away from you. They're people, too. Instead of attacking them until they comply with your demands, and then letting up the pressure when they obey (negative reinforcement under aversives removal), write them mass quantities of letters of praise as soon as they do the right thing or as soon as they improve in successive approximations toward your goal (shaping under positive reinforcement).
It won't happen in my lifetime, but my landlord says I can put my mummy in our studio apartment, which we'll convert into a museum. Pony and Jonathan will be the gatekeepers. They'll collect the entrance fees and take their curator salaries. The lines will snake all around Ocean Grove, of course. Ray said we can do it, but we'll still have to pay him rent.

I'll do it again, because they protest with their Jesus signs every first Sunday June at Jersey Pride. I wish I had done it yesterday, but next year I'll add,
If you're so inclined, get the King James version of the Bible. Whether or not it's a spiritual document, it's a literary tour de force. Read how King David saved his subject Jonathan whom he loved with a passion. Ask yourself, "What's up with that? Were they gay?" And then read St. Paul. He was an in-the-closet gay man with internalized homophobia, just like the sad, pathetic, anti-gay Jesus freaks, my friends. He's the one who opposed fornication. Jesus said nothing about gay sex and the Bible never forbade same-sex marriage. And who were those twelve, handsome, half-shirtless, bearded fishermen at his side all the time? Get real! That's polyamory! Paul was taken prisoner on a ship. Read between the lines. They raped him and so he opposed fornication. What happens in the Navy? What happens in jail? Homosexuality. It's clear as a bell. Now that we have gay marriage, everybody, we can permit the straights to marry, but we won't be so Christian and bitter about it, right?
What about the lesbians? Well Leviticus says nothing about them, so they can do their hugging and kissing using any combination of romantic Kamasutra positions. As long as they marry, they can pass the Pearly Gates into Heaven. The dudes, however, simply can't do on a mattress. Anything else is game, except, of course, for pre-marital sex. When it comes to post-divorce sex, well, then we're better off consulting a psychiatrist than a wo(man) of the cloth.

Kamasutra

Saturday, May 13, 2017

B. F. Skinner generally opposed coercive punishment, but only for "normal" people, which is what he called "neurotypical people," who we atypical and proudly-identified autistic folks call everyday people, the so-called "mentally healthy" adults and children.

Skinner was ABA's leader of extremely painful electric skin shock torture upon whom they still call "abnormal autistic deviant human organism experimental subjects." ABA's cruel and unusual Aversion and Shock Therapy device is not the ECT of Psychiatry's brain shock.







In the long run, punishment, unlike reinforcement, works to the disadvantage of both the punished organism and the punishing agency.
But Skinner became an advocate of aversives, nevertheless.

"Israel 'is a very humane man, much concerned about injustice. It takes a brave man to take these cases on. Most people run as far away as possible," said the 81-year-old psychologist, who was Israel's mentor when the younger man earned his Harvard doctorate in 1960. [Skinner] emphasized that Israel 'has not asked me to speak on his behalf.'" (Dietz, 1985). "Skinner said he has seen videotapes of Israel's methods, but has not visited the program, which maintains group homes in southeastern Massachusetts for 67 clients from many states." (Dietz, 1985)

It wasn't until 1989 that Dr. Matthew L. Israel (2000), also known as "Doctor Hurt," bought his first skin shock device from another Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Brian Iwata, narrow-minded one variable at a time simplistic and reductionist, Antecedent, Behavior Consequence (ABC) assessment instigator, who owns their "most prolific author" bragging rights Shabani et al. (2004, p. 237) , and his team's company that invented his SIBIS device.

Iwata (1988) introduced his politics of skin shock paper by saying, "Two years ago Henry Pennypacker, in his presidential address to the Association for Behavior Analysis, used this forum to discuss issues related to the transfer and subsequent adoption of behavioral technology (Pennypacker, 1986)." As of February, 2017, which is before the date that this blogger, Dave Jersey of Facebook, blocked Pennypacker from viewing Jersey's posts in Facebook, Jersey identified Pennypacker as a Facebook friend of Dr. Israel's wife, Judy Weber (Gone Wild, July 4, 2015).




B. F. Skinner and O. Ivar Lovaas, sat on the Board of Editors of their inaugural Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) issue 1 (1), when one of the trio of JABA trend setters of their highly-cited Bear, Wolf, and Risley (1968) "Some current dimensions of ABA," when this trio decided being gay was a bad thing that ABA would then also proceed to skin shock and torture in any manner of perverted scientific manners, Todd Risley (1968) called a young autistic girl a "deviant" and shocked the hell out of her with primitive ABA skin shock devices, simply because she climbed on the "precious" family furniture.

So instead of bolting the bookshelves to the wall, setting her up with backyard monkey bars, and taking her out to a gymnastics class, they decided it would be more profitable for ABA to "treat her effectively" extremely painful ABA electroshock torture. This article is precisely why ABA Leaks makes this claim that Grampz generally opposed coercive punishment, but only for "normal" people, while he defended ABA extremely painful electric skin shock aversive torture.

Grant (1965)reported that Lovaas, the precision technical Discrete Trial Training and Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention inventor, ABA founder O. Ivar Lovaas, speaking in derogatory terms of Pamela, a young autistic girl, when he took off her shoes and forced her to stand barefoot on his UCLA laboratory room and shocked the hell out of her too, in Life Magazine, as he thought it would be clever and profitable to present her as some kind of a circus sideshow freak act in how they photographed and talked about her.

Dr. Israel (2010) reported "JRC first employed skin-shock in 1989-1990." So we do not know if Skinner and Israel plotted together on ABA's skin shock. It seems probable.

Monday, May 1, 2017

ABA Leaks finds "A Clockwork Orange" in Denver. Association for Behavior Analysis International convention "approves" Canton, Massachusetts' extremely painful electric skin "shock therapy" after autistic advocates told them year after year to stop "approving" this torture. Is all Applied Behavior Analysis "Empathy Disabled" (ED)?

This picture from the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) movie, A Clockwork Orange, is about their overbearing and over-controlling methodology.

Like a predictable Clockwork Orange, once again the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) is officially "approving" the Canton, Massachusetts Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) electric skin shock "torture" as being "aligned" with ABAI's "mission," this time at its Denver, Colorado, USA annual convention during May 25-29, 2017 (ABAI Convention Program Book, 2017, pp. 23, 34).

What is most incredible is that all ABA supports torture, every last one of them, either outright or complicit, as they have not published a single statement against it, to the knowledge of ABA Leaks (Altieri, 2014, 2016).

Autistic advocates have demanded that ABAI stop their unconscionable behavior, yet they approve this painful abuse year after year (Altieri, April 13, 2016). In fact, Cat (May 27, 2012) led the JRC and ABAI protest with the Seattle Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN).

ABA calls this "effective science." Certainly they have seen the video below of their shock torture in action. Why do they all like this?

This is not the ECT of brain shock psychiatry. That's not supposed to hurt. ABA intends to cause pain. Otherwise, they claim, it would not be so "effective."



This is at least the fifth year in a row ABAI has done this at its annual conventions despite demands from the actually autistic community that Maria Malott, CEO of ABAI, stop her all-out support of this Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) "torture." (Altieri, 2015, 2016).

 
Maria Malott, as CEO of ABAI, is the major, major ABA skin shock "torture" advocate.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Méndez (2013, p. 85) said,
Therefore, and in the absence of evidence to the contrary, the Special Rapporteur determines that the rights of the students of the JRC (Judge Rotenberg Center) subjected to Level III Aversive Interventions by means of electric shock and physical means of restraints have been violated under the UN Convention against Torture and other international standards.
This is part of the video of their actual skin shock torture in action that ABA fought so hard to conceal from the public. Andre McCollins is screaming. They gave him 31 shocks in one day, allegedly because he refused to remove his coat when they ordered him to take it off. During the trial, when McCollins sued them at JRC, their pro-ABA witness did not know if it was cold in the room, so he told the jury. This is what ABA calls "scientifically effective treatment."



Related links


Altieri (April 17, 2017). ABA Leaks concludes that a direct cause of the "shock treatment" in Chechnya's gay concentration camps is the pseudoscience cult called Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Altieri (April 17, 2017). She's speaking again! Jennifer Msumba, ABA skin shock torture victim, reports on her trauma, yet ABA refuses to listen.

Altieri (April 15, 2017). As unbelievable as it sounds, ABA Leaks concludes, beyond a reasonable doubt, that ABA is a direct cause of their well-known extremely painful electric skin shock "treatment" now as we speak on gay victims of the newly-reported Russian concentration camps, the likes of which the world has never seen since Adolph Hitler's mid-Twentieth-Century, white-supremacy, neurotypical, scientifically-genocidal Nazi Party rounded up, imprisoned, tortured, sterilized, and annihilated 6,000,000 gays, disabled people, and all the others.

Altieri (April 6, 2017). Did the Executive Director of Canton, Massachusetts' JRC of extremely painful electric skin shock "torture" lie to the IRS about possible racial discrimination?

Dawson (February 24, 2017). ABA leaders again welcome the JRC's egregious practices ABAI symposium complete with BACB credits.

Altieri (February 17, 2017). News from 2016 to 2017 shows precisely how violent a place is Canton, Massachusetts' ABA/JRC of extremely painful electric ABA skin shock.

Msumba (February 16, 2017). What are my nightmares about? The JRC.



Altieri (February 16, 2017). The seventh death with Canton, Massachusetts' JRC of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock "torture" was an unborn baby, allegedly.

Msumba (Dec 31, 2016). My life inside the JRC. Skin shock aversives. What it was like.



Altieri (November 8, 2016). Dear Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Skin shock yourselves instead of autistic and gay people and stop calling us "deviants," you control freaks!

Altieri (October 15, 2016). ABA behavior controllers claw their way into the USA National Ass. of School Psychologists (NASP) which calls Canton, Massachusetts' JRC of extremely painful electric skin shock ABA "torture" "good company" at its annual conventions.

Altieri (August 10, 2016). JRC's Executive Director Crookes told the FDA she put ABA skin shock device electrodes on her clients' buttocks.

Altieri (July 22, 2016). Terri Du Bous, the next emancipated ABA/JRC survivor, speaks.

Altieri (June 28, 2016). The "data" is in. Each and every ABA pseudo-professional completely supports or is complicit to ABA's extremely painful electric skin shock torture.

Altieri (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.

Altieri (April 13, 2016). ABAI officially "approved" extremely painful ABA electric skin shock "torture" once again, after autistic advocates demanded they stop approving it.

Altieri (November 21, 2015). Here's why ABA is a profiteering pseudoscience cult.

Altieri (November 3, 2015). JRC skin shock "torturers" offered ABAers $85,000+ to work in its 2015 so-called "happy environment."

Altieri (October 12, 2015). The U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture condemns JRC's ABA electroshock "torture" of autistics and others.



Altieri (September 4, 2015). Please report the JRC of ABA electroshock "torture" to Facebook.

Altieri (July 31, 2015). The FDA gives a 24/7 complaint line to ABA Leaks advocates against extremely painful ABA electric skin shock "torture": (800) 891-8295. FDA New England requests more public input into Rotenberg Center's FDA-unapproved electric current levels. July 9, 2015. Canton, Massachusetts. Glenda Crookes Executive Director of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA's) extremely painful electric skin shock torture meets ABA Leaks advocates Persico and Rosenthal and says she still shocks her disabled clients with FDA-uncleared devices.

Altieri (June 23, 2015). JRC's Achilles' heel vulnerability is the truth about ABA's electroshock "torture."

Kosovskaya and Altieri (June 11, 2015). Anna Kosovskaya escapes Canton, Massachusetts' Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock "torture."

Altieri (May 20, 2015). ABAI officially "approves" the JRC of extremely painful ABA electric skin shock.

Altieri (May 1, 2015). My one day of electric shock was worse than 36 years of antipsychotics, which I happen to enjoy very much, just as many others like me also appreciate them, according to my psychiatrists, while ABA claims its coercive methods are so much better than medicine, which they ain't, not by a long-shot, if you will only listen to all their victims instead of their biased, multibillion-dollar-operation disseminators.

Altieri (February 24, 2015). Please tell New York City Mayor de Blasio to stop ABA electroshock “torture” of disabled people.

Altieri (August 20, 2014). The Behavior Analyst Certification Board condones extremely painful ABA skin shock "torture."

Davies (August 9, 2014). 'Prisoners of the Apparatus." The Judge Rotenberg Center.

Msumba and Werner (Aug 5, 2014). Extended interview with Jennifer Msumba.



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