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The Bobster
07-15-2016, 06:29 AM

Caretakers shopped while autistic patient banged his head against wall 120 times: suit
By Gabrielle Fonrouge and Julia Marsh
July 15, 2016 | 12:56am

Matthew and Stacy Zauderer

Staffers at a Long Island home for the disabled let an autistic resident bang his head against a wall 120 times and left him in a van while caretakers shopped for clothes at Walmart, according to a new lawsuit.

Jonathan and Stacy Zauderer are suing Extraordinary People in Care, the organization that runs their 23-year-old vegetable Matthew’s group home, as well as the state’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities over the alleged negligence.

Their Nassau County court suit says the group-home staff wasn’t properly trained to handle their son’s behavioral problems.

The Zauderers hired an investigator, after the November 2015 head-banging incident was caught on videotape, who allegedly caught caretakers shopping at Walmart in January as Matthew sat in a van. The caretakers told Stacy Zauderer that they were taking him shopping, the suit says.


A state spokeswoman declined to comment on pending litigation.

Thomas Hopkins, head of Extraordinary People in Care, said, “We do our best to work with every family to try and address he needs of the people that live with us.”