Want to learn more? The information available on the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC) can become overwhelming, but it's important to understand the full scope of the abuses that are occurring there and efforts that have been made to address them. Below you will find several good sources on JRC including articles, videos and blogs.
"Abuse Uncovered in Death at BRI." The Communicator. 1995. Vol. 6. No. 1. (Note: The Behavioral Research Institute was the Judge Rotenberg Center's original name.)
Ahern, Laurie. "Disablted Children at Mass. School are Tortured, Not Treated." Washington Post, October 2, 2010.
Associated Press. "School Destroyed Video It was Ordered to Preserve of Students Being Shocked." Seattle Times. January 18, 2008.
Beaudet, Mike. "JRC Expert Admits Shocks Didn't Work." Fox Undercover. April 20, 2012.
Bigler, Taylor. "Judge Rotenberg Center Lobbies D.C. Against Bill." Patriot Ledger. October 20, 2011.
Brown, Fredda. "Path to Aversives." Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities. 2010. Vol 35, 3-4, 128-136.
California Department of Social Services. Official Accusation Document. 19882. (Pertaining to JRC's sister school in CA which has since shut down.)
Polyxane S. “A Short History of Aversives in Massachusetts/A Discussion
of Aversives: Why They Don’t Succeed and What Does/A Chronology of the
Death of a Teenage Girl at JRC/Success Without Pain: Case Studies,”
written for Coalition for the Legal Rights for Persons With
Disabilities, Boston, MA.
Gentes-Hunt, Lisa. "Canton's Senator Joyce Response to Latest Judge Rotenberg Center Battle." Canton Patch. February 27, 2012.
Gentes-Hunt, Lisa. "Radio Boycott Against New York's Hot 97 Underway, Advocates Protesting Judge Rotenberg Center Ads." Canton Patch. August 23, 2011.
Gonnerman, Jennifer. "Trial Shows Autistic Brooklyn Kid Shocked Repeatedly as 'Treatment.' New York Magazine. April 12, 2012.
Gonnerman, Jennifer. “School of Shock,” Mother Jones, August 20, 2007.
Gonnerman, Jennifer. “Nagging? Zap. Swearing? Zap: New York’s Investigations of the Rotenberg Center,” Mother Jones, August 20, 2007 (Sidebar to “School of Shock” story).
Gonnerman, Jennifer. “Experts on Self-Injurious Kids Challenge Dr. Israel’s Methods,” Mother Jones, August 20, 2007 (Sidebar to “School of Shock” story).
Investigation Report from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care on Shocking Prank, November 1, 2007
Grohol, John M. "Matthew Israel, Founder of Judge Roteneberg, Steps Down in Disgrace." Psychcentral, 2011.
Jeffrey, Clara. "Teen Is Tied Down, Shocked By Teachers at "School" for Autistic Kids." Mother Jones. April 11, 2012.
JRC Litigation Timeline through 2006.
Kix, Paul. "The Shocking Truth." Boston Magazine. July, 2008.
Letter from Disability Rights Advocates
Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. "Investigation Report." November 1, 2007.
Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation (now Department of Developmental Services). "2009 Certification Report." January 9, 2009.
Disabilities Rights International (MDRI) Special Report on the Judge
Rotenberg Center, “Torture Not Treatment: Electric Shock and Long-Term
Restraint in the United States on Children and Adults with Disabilities
at the Judge Rotenberg Center.”
Miller, Greg. "Letter to the Editor: Former Teacher's Aid at Judge Rotenberg Center comments on FOX TV Video of JRC Shock Treatments. Canton Patch, April 17, 2012.
Miller, Greg. “Letter to the Editor: A Former Judge Rotenberg Center Worker Speaks Out.” Canton Patch, September 13, 2011.
Murphy, Jarrett. “School of Shock: Inside a school where mentally disturbed students are jolted into good behavior,” Village Voice, October 10, 2006.
Myers, Bill. "DC Students Sent to Massachusetts," Washington Examiner. September 20, 2007.
Myers, Bill. "Special Ed is Bane to Children, Boon to Lawyers." Washington Examiner. September 24, 2007.
Neumeier, Shain. "The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 7." Autistic Self Advocacy Network. April 28, 2012.
Neumeier, Shain. "The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 6." Autistic Self Advocacy Network. April 26, 2012.
Neumeier, Shain. "The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 5." Autistic Self Advocacy Network. April 25, 2012.
Neumeier, Shain. "The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 4." Autistic Self Advocacy Network. April 25, 2012.
Neumeier, Shain. "The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part 3." Autistic Self Advocacy Network. April 18, 2012.
Neumeier, Shain. "The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part II." Autistic Self Advocacy Network. April 17, 2012.
Neumeier, Shain. "The Judge Rotenberg Center on Trial, Part I." Autistic Self Advocacy Network. April 16, 2012.
New York State Education Department (NYSED), “Observations and Findings of Out-of-State Program Visitation: Judge Rotenberg Educational Center.” (2006-07)
Office of Senator Brian A. Joyce, "U.N. Finds Shock Treatments at Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton to be Torture," Press Release, June 30, 2010.
Omer, Sevil. "Stop Electric Shocks on Disabled Students, Ex-Teacher's Aide Says," msnbc.com, May 11, 2012.
Stone, Michael. "Anonymous Targets Child Abuse at Judge Rotenberg Educational Center." Examiner.com, March 24, 2012.
Szalavitz, Maia. “What Works for Troubled Teens?” Mother Jones, August 20, 2007 (Sidebar to “School of Shock” story).
Szalavitz, Maia. "No Surprise: State Spares 'Shock School,' Not Kids." Huffington Post, December 24, 2007.
Torture Not Treatment: Electric Shock and Long-Term Restraint in the United States on Children and Adults with Disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center
Vazquez Toness, Bianca. "Founder Forced to Leave Controversial Special Needs School." WBUR. May 26, 2011.
Wen, Patricia. "Prank Led School to Treat Two with Shock." Boston Globe, December 18, 2007.
Wen, Patricia. "Report Says Shock Tapes Destroyed Against Order." Boston Globe, January 18, 2008.
Wen, Patricia. "Rotenberg Founder Set to Face Charges" Boston Globe, May 25, 2011.
Wen, Patricia. "School Founder Denies he Obstructed Justice." Boston Globe, May 26, 2011.
Wombles, Kimberly. "Judge Rotenberg Trial Ends in Settlement; Nothing Changes for the JRC, Though." Science 2.0. April 25, 2012.
Wombles, Kimberly. "Why Principled Positions Matter: The Judge Rotenberg Center and Autism Organizations." Mach 22, 2012.
Wombles, Kimberly. "Ruminations on the Judge Rotenber Center." Science 2.0. July 8, 2010.
Video / Audio:
Talk 1200 Interview with Greg Miller (June 26, 2012)
Rotenberg Settlement: Post-Trial Interview with Cheryl McCollins (April 25, 2012)Trial Ends With Settlement, Former Student's mom Vows to Keep Fighting (April 24, 2012)
Jury Gets Rotenberg Case, Must Decide Whether Shocks Were Treatment (April 23, 2012)
JRC Expert Admits Shocks Didn't Work, but Says Damage was Minimal (April 20, 2012)Gov. Patrick Supports Shock Ban, Legislation So Far Stalled in House (April 19, 2012)
Shocked Teen was Cared for, School Says (April 19, 2012)
Restraints Needed for Safety, Doc Says (April 14, 2012)
Staff at Shock School Tried to Help Teen, Lawyers Say (April 12, 2012)
Shocks Given at Rotenberg Center Were 'Harming' Autistic Teen, Expert Testifies (April 11, 2012)
Mike Beaudet Talks About the Case (April 11, 2012)
Graphic Video of Teen Being Restrained, Shocked Shown in Court (April 10, 2012)
State Raised Concerns at Shock School (April 8, 2012)
Anonymous Takes on the Judge Rotenberg Center (March 22, 2012)
Fox Undercover Report on JRC (February 20, 2012)
Channel 25 recent news on attempt to get JRC to make tapes public (February 19, 2012)
Reporter Tests JRC Shock Device on Self (July 9, 2011)
Matthew Israel (Founder of JRC) Sentenced to Probation (May, 2011)
Senator Brian Joyce on JRC Aversive 'Treatments' (2011)
United Nations Calls JRC Shock Torture (July 1, 2010)
Mind Control Report: Shocking Children (August 18, 2008)
Prank Calls Lead to JRC Students Getting Shocked and First Degree Burns (December 24, 2007)
Letter by Derrick Jeffries and Nancy Weiss (October 24, 2007)
Autism Issues: Judge Rotenberg Center (August 15, 2006)
Autism in the House entry on JRC
The Brandenburgs Blog entry on JRC
The Truth About JRC Blog
Judge Rotenberg Center Abuse Blog
Close Judge Rotenberg Center
I Would Love to See the Judge Rotenberg Center Closed Down
Massachusetts Students United Against the Judge Rotenberg Center
Occupy the Judge Rotenberg Center
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