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Autism / Shock Therapy #856337

CNN Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 28, 2007
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Des PLaines, Illinois: Randi Kaye) The use of shock therapy in handling the severely autistic examined; scenes shown of 48-year-old Bradley Bernstein; details given about the passage in Illinois of a law making electric shock illegal. [Bradley's mother Fran BERNSTEIN†- talks about her autistic son; says "screw the law," her son needs to be shocked.] [Trinity Services executive director Art DYKSTRA†- opposes the use of the cattle prod.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The Bernstein's legal moves noted.

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Atlanta: Sanjay Gupta) The pain in shock therapy for the autistic, why people with autism hit themselves, how the autistic can be communicated with via medication or protective gear or other aversive therapy discussed.

Cooper, Anderson;
Kaye, Randi;
Gupta, Sanjay

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