House Approves Legislation Banning Electric Shock Devices As Treatment For People With Developmental Disabilities.

June 13, 2022

Disability Scoop (6/13) reports, “Congress is moving to ban devices used to administer electric shocks on people with developmental disabilities in an effort to modify their behavior, a practice that advocates have long decried as torturous.” The House “voted 392 to 28 last week to approve the Food and Drug Amendments Act, a broad bill reauthorizing programs at the Food and Drug Administration.” In the legislation “is a provision that would put an end to the use of what are known as electrical stimulation devices, which send shocks through electrodes attached to the skin in order to condition people not to engage in self-injurious or aggressive behaviors.”

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