Take Action: Stop Harmful Restraint in Schools!

(February 26, 2010) – Hard as it may be to believe, the use of restraint and seclusion in schools is not uncommon and can be extremely harmful.

Reports have detailed hundreds of abusive uses of the practice, most frequently on children aged 6-10 and disproportionately on children with disabilities, including epilepsy.

Disability advocates are calling for national day of action today to show broad support for the “The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act” (HR 4247 and S. 2860).  If enacted, the bills would , though not completely outlaw, the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

It would also require states to develop written policies for their use and to allow this extreme practice only in an emergency. The bills would also provide grants to better train school staff.

Disability rights organizations are urging all Americans to contact their Representative and Senators today. Urge them to cosponsor HR 4247 (Representative) or S. 2860 (Senators). Click here to send an email or call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202.224.3121 and ask to be connected to his/her office.

The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Representatives George Miller (D-CA), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT).


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