Therapy or Torture?


Therapy or Torture?

Event Detail: 
7:00 p.m.
Event Presenter: 
Amnesty International Group 151 Boston
Event Cost: 

The Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, MA has been using shock devices to control the behavior of people with disabilities. The therapy is very controversial and has been condemned by the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Join us for a discussion with a panel of experts on the issue.

Rhoda Bernard is the Managing Director of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, a catalyst for the inclusion of individuals with special needs in all aspects of visual and performing arts education.


  • Shain M. Neumeier (they/them) is an autistic attorney and activist who has been seeking justice for survivors of institutional abuse for the past ten years. They have testified about the Judge Rotenberg Center before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture.
  • Cal Montgomery is an autistic disability rights activist. Institutionalized as a young adult, he was subjected to coercive controls for severe self-injurious behavior.
  • Mark Pereira has over 20 years experience working as an educator, job coach, and vocational instructor. Mark worked at JRC over 10 yeas ago for a little over 2 years and has witnessed shock therapy as used at JRC.
  • Benjamin R. Novotny garnered nationwide attention as lead counsel in the McCollins v. JRC trial, a medical malpractice lawsuit involving the use of electro-shock therapy on children with autism at the Judge Rotenberg Center.
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