• http://illusionofcompetence.blogspot.com Zoe

    Wanting your kids to be tortured isn’t love. Threatening to “blow their brains out” isn’t love either. Why do we call it “abuse” when this happens to non-disabled kids, but “love” in this case? It’s shameful that you would write a story that portrays threatening your child’s life as acceptable behavior.

  • Shain

    I’ve been studying JRC for four years now, and still – don’t ask me how – I manage to be surprised by how they and their supporters think about people with disabilities. This article reads like a list of all the reasons why they should shut down, except that the conclusion its author has reached is that all of what they’ve done is justified by virtue of who they’re doing it to. It takes a special kind of “othering” of people with disabilities to think them so incomprehensible and unreachable that this is an acceptable, let alone the only, way of dealing with them. And to portray it as love, for a parent to essentially threaten their child’s life if they were ever to be free of it…! I don’t see how such a statement could or should ever be viewed in a favorable light.

  • Alex

    Anyone who supports this kind of cruelty towards children has no conscience. The fact that JRC remains open is absolutely appalling — as is the fact that the author of this article apparently thinks a parent saying “I would blow [my son]’s freakin’ brains out” represents anything resembling “love.”

  • Des

    I worked for JRC when it was located in Rhode Island. It was the most uncomfortable environment to work in and my heart went out to the students there who had to endure Matt Israel’s self important ego. The group homes were decorated richly and both the homes and school made to look happy and functional in front of visitors…but in my opinion, it was no more than one man’s power trip. Employee morale was not good, not sufficiently trained staff (Ie: People educated and trained to work with autistic or otherwise mentally challenged individuals). To me, it was nothing more than Matt Israel playing God. And the “behavior modification”? – Nothing but cruel and seriously disturbing. I saw cattle prods in the electronics department, a bomb threat once, and nothing but a bunch of people who I sincerely believe did not enjoy nor believe in working there or working for what the school REALLY stood for. Matt Israel is a sick man.

  • Lily

    This is one of the most disturbing articles on institutionalization that I have ever read. I’m ashamed to be a part of a society that considers this acceptable behavior. Eerily, the author did not seem to challenge JRC’s methods at all, but instead turned this institution and its founder into a hero. Serious abuse has gone on in this place, and some continues today. Moreover, the way that the institution views the mentally ill is extremely archaic. I encourage you to please, PLEASE do more substantial research in the future on issues concerning mental health in our country and institutionalization when writing an article like this, particularly on the positive effects of drug therapy.

  • Dave

    Hello. Please share this link and participate in a new, narrowly-targeted
    campaign: “Please tell New York City Mayor de Blasio to stop the ‘torture’ of autistic and disabled children.”