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Choices for Children
A National Public Awareness & Education Campaign
Aimed at Returning the Power of Choice to Parents
The power to decide which
medicines, if any, are best for children must be returned to the family.
Schools and other government agencies must be stopped from conditioning
public benefits -- such as education -- on the use or nonuse of psychoactive
medications. At the same time parents must be taught their legal rights and
instructed on how to exercise them in the face of coercive school medication
practices. The CCLE's
Making Choices for Children
campaign is designed to accomplish
both tasks while raising public awareness of the cognitive liberty.
Without advocating for or against the use of
psycho-stimulant drug therapy, the Making Choices for Children
campaign works to:
Educate and Empower Parents
Parents have a legal right to decide, free of government coercion, which
psychotropic medications, if any, are best for their kids. However, many parents
are unaware of their rights and feel powerless in the face of
pressure from school officials.
Inform Law and Policy Makers
Those in power need to be informed in order to make wise, just, and
compassionate laws. The CCLE's policy reports, and written and spoken
testimony aim to provide law and policy makers with the information and
analysis they need in order to craft laws that respect and protect freedom
Raise Public Awareness
A healthy democracy depends upon an informed and active citizenry. Our
campaign provides accurate, up-to-date information on emerging trends
in the use of psycho-stimulant drugs to modify child behavior in the
classroom. We also identify, analyze and recommend policy responses to those
We have a comprehensive strategy for accomplishing these goals.
To begin the project, we launched
this website in April 2004.
The website is designed to:
Raise public awareness of coercive psychotropic
medication policies in the schools;
Identify and analyze legislation addressing the issue of schools and other government
agencies pressuring parents to place their children on psycho-stimulants;
Educate parents on their legal rights to make informed
medication decisions for their children, free of government coercion;
Collect and share diverse resources on the science, risks, and benefits of psycho-stimulant
medications like Ritalin
Provide project updates and announcements.
The Making Choices for Children campaign will utilize
the Internet and broadcast media to educate the
public about freedom of thought and to encourage parents to play an active
role in determining whether psycho-stimulant medications are in their
children’s best interest.
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