On the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel
Tuesday, November 23
12 noon ET / 9 am PT
Autism One: A Conversation of Hope
Disability Rights International and The Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children, with Laurie Ahern
From the Disability Rights International website (www.disabilityrightsintl.org): In the United States, children with autism and other mental disabilities living at a residential school in Massachusetts are being given electric shocks as a form of “behavior modification”; we have found children with autism in Paraguay and Uruguay locked in cages . . . . After years of fighting abuses against children on a country-by-country basis, Disability Rights International has gathered much evidence that the institutionalization of children with disabilities is a worldwide problem. Over the past 16 years, we have documented abuses against children in over 25 countries in the Americas, the United States, Eastern Europe and Russia, the Middle East and Asia. The dangers of institutionalizing children are pervasive and take place all over the world, including well-resourced, developed countries. Disability Rights International is calling for an end to the institutionalization and abuse of children. The goal of the Worldwide Campaign to End the Institutionalization of Children is to challenge underlying policies that lead to abuses against children on a global scale. Join Teri and Laurie for this discussion on this crucial topic.