Advocacy & Activism
Here at Hops, Hooves, and Humanity, we see the value in everyone. We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and since our beginnings in 2000, we’ve been driven by the same ideas we initially founded our Non-Profit Organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress. Learn more about our mission, our vision, and how we go about making the changes we want to see.
In 2021, Hops, Hooves, and Humanity stepped into the fray to start taking up the mantle for the disability rights community. For decades, the field of ABA, of which we are fully apart of, has failed to listen to the voices of the neurodiverse populations we serve. This lack of active listening has led to continued ableist practices and systems that has caused harm to humans in our care and charge. There is no greater examplar of the system of ableism, social and racial inequity and disregard to individual autonomy than the Judge Rotenberg Center (JRC). JRC's continued acceptance, use and dissemination of research and application of contingent electric skin shock on human beings is morally reprehensible and a stain on the field of ABA and helping professions as a whole.
The evidence collected and presented against the unethical and immoral use of intensive physical and emotional aversives to punish behavior, even severe aggression and self-injury has mounted over decades. It is time we collectively say it is time to STOP these practices and implement more human centered practices. We share this space to provide information for you to make your own judgement.
This call to action led us down a path, engaging with others in the field who felt the time had come to face the issue of ableism in the field of ABA. It started with an initial call to action, to uplift autistic voices.
But it didn't stop there. In July 2021, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overruled a finding in favor of the Federal Food and Drug Administration claiming they had overstepped their authority by banning the use of the Graduated Electronic Decelerator (GED), a device developed and used by JRC to administer electric skin shocks to clients in the care. This prompted our entrance to ask for clarification and open discussion with JRC regarding their systems and practices.
This tipped off a fervor of activities and social media campaigns aimed at bringing awareness to the plight of disabled persons who don't have a voice and cannot advocate for themselves.
Inform Yourself and Others
The Judge Rotenberg Living Archive Note: This page and all links on it discuss electric shock, other abusive and coercive treatments, institutions, and other forms of abuse against disabled people/people with disabilities in great detail. Some links show graphic and explicit video footage.