Connecticut—Mental Health Reform

February 26th, 2005 | Events and Photos

Another Connecticut mother comes forth after the state passed it’s landmark legislation to stop schools from forcing parents to place their children on mind-altering drugs. “This should reveal a frightening reality to all of us by clearly demonstrating the urgent need for the Federal Government to step in and pass The Child Medication Safety Act of 2003 ”, says Sheila Matthews, National Vice President of the grassroots organization AbleChild.org. The federal act would override state laws that are many times being ignored by schools nationwide.

Patricia Scapeccia, a Connecticut mother who endured years of coercion by her son’s school stated to AbleChild: “Parents are still getting pressured even threatened after Connecticut’s law passed. It is very disturbing that parents are receiving such biased information about the diagnoses and are not being told about the deadly side effects of the drugs that are forced upon our children by schools. The threats to take our children away from us if we do not opt for drug “treatment” by schools places us in a position of not being able to refuse and further puts our children in harms way. In the past, I, like so many others have been afraid to speak out, but I feel strongly now that I must to prevent this from happening to other parents.”

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Patricia Scapeccia, Connecticut Mother, Sheila Matthews, National Vice President, AbleChild.org, and Noelle Talevi, Connecticut Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights. For more information go to www.ablechild.org or call the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights 1-800-869-2247.

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Citizen Commission on Human Rights Exhibit at Hartford Capitol “Psychiatry Exposed” Sheila Matthews, National Vice President of Ablechild.org, host of section on Children Fatally Drugged gets support from Retired Connecticut Housing Manager, Benjamin W. Little

CCHR: 36th Annual Human Rights Awards

February 26th, 2005 | Events and Photos

AbleChild was in attendance at the Citizens Commission on Human Rights Awards Ceremony in Beverly Hill California. It has been and will always be a pleasure to work with CCHR. Their dedication and perseverance to reform the drugging of our school children has been more than admirable. CCHR’s ongoing efforts is an inspiration to us all! Our gratitude and respect goes to CCHR and all of their wonderful members.

Rick Callender, President of the San Jose/Silicon Valley NAACP with Sheila Matthews

AbleChild.org would like to congratulate 2005’s winners for their great work.

  • Congressman Max Burns (Georgia)
  • Secretary of Education, Profesora Maria Yolanda Blanco Garcia (Mexico)
  • Lisa Van Syckel. Children’s Rights Activist (ICFDA)
  • Tom Woodward. Children’s Rights Activist (ICFDA)
  • Dr. Giorgio Antonucci (Italy)
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Thank you CCHR for honoring AbleChild: Parents for Label & Drug Free Education for our “dedication and courage in helping to expose abuses in the field of mental health this past year.”

One World, One Child Benefit Event

November 11th, 2004 | Events and Photos

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AbleChild was cordially invited and had the pleasure of attending One World, One Child Benefit on November 11, 2004 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City . This event brought us together with both Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC) and Arts for Healing, both superb organizations dedicated to creating a healthier world for children.

Sheila Matthews and Patricia Weathers at One World, One Child Benefit. Patricia Weathers with Karen Nisenson Co-Founder and Director of Arts for Healing.

Reaching Out to Educators and the Public

October 25th, 2003 | Events and Photos

AbleChild.org Attends Connecticut’s State Education Conference on October 25th, 2003 Entitled “Inclusive Education: Promising Practices”

Board of Education Candidate, Tucker Murphy visits Sheila Matthews and Patricia Weathers of AbleChild.org showing her support for the National Parent Organization “Movement”
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 AbleChild with Wayne Hollings, Head School Psychologist for the New Canaan School District. He supports ‘The Child Medication Safety Act.’ AbleChild with Special Education Attorney, Anne Eason

Author John Breeding Lectures in Connecticut

April 29th, 2003 | Events and Photos

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New Canaan Advertiser

By Sara Poirier

Thursday, April 29, 2003

Doctor tells parents about alternatives to “drugging” hyper children

A psychologist from Texas told a group of mothers, grandmothers, child advocates that protecting one’s children, and transforming oneself is an alternative to drugging children who are deemed hyperactive with attention deficit disorder, at a lecture sponsored by AbleChild.org on Friday, April 23, at New Canaan Library.

Dr. John Breeding is the author of “True Nature and Great Misunderstandings”; a book that tells its readers how they understand the world revolves around how they see it.

“We think it was a big success and we’re glad that we’re getting the information out to parents”, Sheila Matthews, national vice president of Ablechild, said Monday, April 26. “We were glad that the New Canaan (Department of Youth Services) came.”

Ms. Matthews is a New Canaan resident, and her organization- which donated “True Nature” and his previous book, “The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses,” to the library after lecture – is run by parents advocating informed consent and the right to refuse medication. (See related article.)

Dr Breeding said all children have what he calls a “true nature: where they exhibit brilliant intelligence, have an abundant amount of energy, are intensely relational with much self-determination, and have strength and uniqueness.

“Children are born with all these tremendous qualities but they’re also totally vulnerable,” he said. “The unfair use of rank causes revenge.”

Dr. Breeding also contended that there is no evidence that attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder exists.

He added that emotional expression is part of younger children, part of their natural healing process. He also said that among false assumptions about biological psychiatry are that adjusting to school is good, failure to adjust is the result of a “mental illness”, that a “mental illness: is a medical disease and that a “mental illness” is the result of a biological and/or genetic defect.

Also, he said that people falsely think that “mental illness” is chronic, progressive and basically incurable, that it can and must be controlled by drugs, and is sever cases by electroshock, and that people with it are irrational and unable to make responsible decisions, making coercion necessary and justified.

Dr. Breeding cited State legislation in Connecticut (An Act Concerning Recommendations for and Refusals of the Use of Psychotropic Drugs by Children) that is in line with the Federal Child Medication Safety Act. The Federal law, which is before the Senate, would prohibit school personnel from requiring the use of psychotropic drugs in children in order for them to return to school.

The Connecticut law says that parents cannot be arrested for not giving drugs to their children diagnosed with attention/deficit/hyperactivity disorder, something some members of Ablechild present at the lecture said happened to them.

“You can go a long way if you just protect your children from the craziness and destruction of the world.” Dr. Breeding said. He added that doing that would bring out a child’s true nature.

“Parental hell is when you have banished painful feelings into your unconscious and you are projecting them into your child,” he said. “Parental Heaven is when you see your child through the eyes of delight.”

Dr. Breeding said he agrees that some children have issues that need to be dealt with, but that “blaming and drugging them is not the approach.”

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