Jennifer Msumba is on the autism spectrum. For seven years, she was treated at the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton, Massachusetts, where she received painful electric shocks aimed at modifying her behavior. She describes being strapped, spread-eagle to a restraint board and shocked multiple times before she left the center in 2009.
“It’s not humane, you don’t even feel like a person, you have wires all over your body,” said Msumba. “I would get five or ten shocks for just doing one thing.”
Asked what that was like, Msumba responded, “Being underground in Hell.”
His mother, Cheryl McCollins, says Andre was shocked for not taking off his coat, and then repeatedly shocked for tensing his muscles, and for screaming during the shocks, which JRC calls “applications.”
Controversy over shocking people with autism, behavioral disorders