495Fwd: The Arc Action Alert: Ask Congress to Support Bill to Prevent Dangerous Restraint and Seclusion
- Jun 11, 2014Call-in day is TOMORROW, Thursday, June 12 - please participate and share - thanks!Sandy Alperstein, IllinoisTwitter: @alpymomVolunteer Co-Webmaster, Our Children Left Behind (http://www.ourchildrenleftbehind.com) (special education advocacy volunteers on a national level); Special Kids, Special Families (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/specialkidsspecialfamilies) (volunteers providing support, education, and advocacy for families with special needs in the NW suburban Chicago area)-----Original Message-----
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Subject: The Arc Action Alert: Ask Congress to Support Bill to Prevent Dangerous Restraint and Seclusion
The Arc Action Alert: Ask Congress to Support Bill to Prevent Dangerous Restraint and SeclusionRestraints and seclusion have killed, injured, and traumatized students in schools across the country. More than 20 children have died and over 100,000 students were subjected to restraint and seclusion in isolation rooms, according to the most recent data.Restraints and seclusion are frequently used on students with disabilities. While students with disabilities make up 12% of all students, 75% of those physically restrained and 58% of those secluded are students with disabilities. And while evidence shows that these practices do not work, they are commonly used for non-emergency situations. Students with disabilities are frequently restrained and secluded for failing to do class work, tearing paper, manifestations of their disabilities (e.g. being unable to communicate or pay attention), pushing items off desks, convenience, discipline, punishment, and similar non-emergency situations.A federal standard is needed to protect children. Many states don’t adequately protect students from restraint and seclusion and many states allow their use when no one is in danger. To address these limited protections, Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) have introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act in the Senate (S. 2036) and Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Gregg Harper (R-MS) have introduced the House bill (H.R. 1893). This bill promotes a shift toward preventing problematic behavior through the use of de-escalation techniques, conflict management, and evidence-based positive behavioral interventions and supports.Take ActionCall your Senators and Representative on June 12 (or sometime this week if you cannot call on the 12th). Click on the Take Action link to get their telephone numbers.What to Say:
- Please co-sponsor S.2036/H.R. 1893, The Keeping All Students Safe Act.
- This bill will end the practice of using restraint and seclusion for convenience or punishment.
- Students with disabilities are frequently subject to seclusion and restraint.
- This bill promotes a shift toward preventing problematic behavior through the use of de-escalation techniques, conflict management, and evidence-based positive behavioral interventions and supports.