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In summer 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect is Arnaldo’s story – a hidden world of psych wards, physical abuse and chemical restraints – and asks the question: How did Arnaldo’s life go so wrong? Aftereffect by Only Human is produced by WNYC Studios, a listener-supported producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and many others.
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In summer 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year-old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect is Arnaldo’s story – a hidden world of psych wards, physical abuse and chemical restraints – and asks the question: How did Arnaldo’s life go so wrong? Aftereffect by Only Human is produced by WNYC Studios, a listener-supported producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy and many others.
© WNYC Studios

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
367 Ratings

367 Ratings

Angoraknitter ,

A good overview

As a parent of a new adult on the spectrum who has just entered into a group home I appreciate the thorough review of the history and factors surrounding this horrible news story. These events are stuff of a special needs parent’s nightmares. We work our whole lives trying to ensure our loved ones will be safe, cared for, and loved. However, there are legitimate challenges that sometimes make a out of home placement essential. My son wants to live an independent life like everyone else. He doesn’t necessarily want to live at home with mom and dad forever. We want him to thrive and grow. I’m learning as we go here. If there are lessons to be learned from incidents I hope we can grow wiser from them and do better. Now if someone could go find out what happened at the Costco in Corona that resulted in the shooting death of a reportedly non-verbal man with ID, that would be a great follow up to this series.

Lail_Mail ,

Fantastically Done

As a special education teacher and a sibling of an adult with an intellectual disability, the respect shown in this story is fantastic. The reporting shows the family perspective in a truthful and compassionate way while also giving facts about the normal day-to-day experiences that most people with ID or ASD face. Everyone should listen to this, especially if you don’t know much about the lives of those with disabilities. Thank you for making this!

Merdymoore ,

Horrifying

As a mother to an individual with autism, this story terrified me and made me reach out to local police to see what, if any, kind of training police officers are receiving with regard to dealing with people with disabilities. Great story, great reporting.

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