NDSS Action Alert on Restraint/Seclusion - Please participate and share! (quick and easy)
Keep Our Children Safe From Restraint and Seclusion Contact Your House or Representative MembersMarch 10, 2011Keeping All Students Safe ActLast year, the Keeping All Students Safe Act passed in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. This legislation would require minimum safety standards to prevent abusive restraint and seclusion practices in schools across the country. The legislation was introduced in the Senate but never reached the Senate floor for a vote and therefore did not become law.Because of active advocacy by members of the APRAIS coalition, of which NDSC is a founding member, the Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R. 1381) has been reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Representative George Miller (D-CA).
We need your support of this critical legislation. Many students with Down syndrome are subjected to these practices. Please contact your Representative and urge him or her to co-sponsor H.R. 1381.You may wish to review “The Cost of Waiting,” a report from TASH that discusses the consequences of not passing this legislation a year ago. Share this report with your networks, Congress members and media in your area. View the report here: http://tash.org/the-cost-of-waiting/Contacting Your RepresentativeClick the Take Action button above. Talking points are as follows:
Calls are most effective. You can get your Representatives phone number by clicking the Take Action button. Ask to speak with a legislative aide who handles education issues. Once connected, identify yourself as a constituent, tell him or her that you are a parent of a child with a disability and use the talking points above.For additional background and information, visit the APRAIS website at http://tash.org/advocacy-issues/restraint-and-seclusion-aprais/.
- Please co-sponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act (H.R. 1381).
- This legislation will help stop the abusive restraint and seclusion practices used against students with disabilities by requiring states to have minimum safety standards.
- This legislation applies to schools and preschools receiving federal education support.
- Children are seriously injured physically and psychologically and many have died because of these practices.
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