In recent years, we have heard the term of Autism more than usual. In fact according to cdc.gov, 1 in 88 children has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). That is an increased of 23 percents since CDC’s last report from the year of 2009.
What is Autism? If you may. According to www.cdc.gov, “Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges.” Also noted that “Over all, boys were almost five times as likely as girls to get such a diagnosis — at a rate of one in 54, compared with one in 252 for girls.” –cited from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/health/rate-of-autism-diagnoses-has-climbed-study-finds.html
Here is a video for you to watch if you want to know more. It is about 3 and half minutes long.
Now imagine yourself being an Autism child. You can’t seem to communicate well and you are probably being left out and looked differently by the world. And while other kids are playing hide and seek. What are you doing? It was said that Autism children are probably still learning how to speak, or probably found hiding under their beds or running away down the streets. “As many experts point out, autism is not simply "quirkiness" or an unusual personality trait, but a serious disorder capable of destroying families and children's futures.” –cited from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/30/health/rate-of-autism-diagnoses-has-climbed-study-finds.html
Out of devastation or hoping for better future for their children with Autism disorder, some families turn to a special Educational Center like, The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center, Canton, Massachusetts. But, what they found could be shocking! In fact, I have received a personal email from www.change.org. titled, “Mass. school electrocutes blind girl." Here is what the email said, “A non-verbal nearly blind girl with cerebral palsy was shocked as part of her behavioral plan for making a moaning sound and for attempts to hold a staff’s hand (her attempts to communicate and to be loved .”-- My heart was pained, my eyes were misty and my voice was hoarse! Did I read it wrong? I read it over and over again, and my eyes and brain were telling me the same thing. –She was electrocuted!
In fact, she wasn’t the only one. It was if children were found closing their eyes for 15 seconds, or raising their hands for requesting bathroom breaks or even when they were scared seeing their classmates being electric shocked and showed their fears by yelling or crying or standing out of the seat. Guess what! Join the party! –They too were electrocuted!
Are with me now? Can you feel the pain and anger? Want to make a difference? Please join the rest of us by signing the petition to stop this, You can find more information on http://www.change.org/petitions/judge-rotenberg-educational-center-please-stop-painful-electric-shocks-on-your-students#
And Here is the video where an 18 year old was shocked for hours at the JRC and by the time they stopped, a permanent damaged had been done to this boy! Where is justice when we need one?
I hope you found this Journey as disturbing as I am and hopefully together we could do something to find justice for these Autism kids that need more love and attention than being cruelly tortured.
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