Excerpt from: Disability Scoop (click for full article)
Officials in Massachusetts are taking steps to clamp down on a controversial school that uses electric shocks to address behavior problems in kids and adults with developmental disabilities.
In a legal filing last week, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley moved to end a court order that has limited the state’s regulatory authority of the Judge Rotenberg Center since the 1980s.
The Canton, Mass. facility, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and those with behavioral and emotional problems, is believed to be the only one in the country using electric shocks to address behavior issues.
For years disability advocates have likened the methods used at the Rotenberg Center to torture, leading the U.S. Department of Justice and the United Nations to investigate.