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  • Sandy Alperstein
    This is especially relevant to Virginia families, but those in other states need to be vigilant, since others may try to copy VA if they are successful in
    Message 1 of 1 , May 10, 2013
      This is especially relevant to Virginia families, but those in other states need to be vigilant, since others may try to copy VA if they are successful in allowing aversives in schools!
      Restraint, Seclusion and Use of Aversives: Proposed Virginia Regulations
      The use of restraints, seclusion and aversions will be addressed in proposed Regulations Governing the Operation of Private Schools for Students with Disabilities. The Virginia State Board oF Education Needs to Hear From You About The Regulations. (Especially Virginia Residents).
      The proposed regulations –
      • Would allow the "application of aversive stimuli” such as introduction of foul or burning substances, deprivation of senses, and excessively loud sounds;
      • Would allow restraints that impede breathing (prone restraint);
      • Lack clarity about when restraint and seclusion could be used which would likely result in use in situations other than imminent danger of physical injury and when less restrictive measures have failed or would be ineffective; and
      • Would allow the use of restraint and seclusion for "severe property damage that may result in personal injury.”
      The Virginia State Board of Education is planning to take final action on the proposed regulations during a May 23 meeting. The Board needs to hear from you now in opposition to these proposed regulations. The Virginia Coalition for Students with Disabilities is asking that Board action on the regulations be delayed until amendments to better serve and protect students are incorporated into the proposed regulations.
      Please email the State Board of Education at BOE@... Tell the Board that they should not delete current regulatory requirements that protect students from harmful restraints, seclusion and aversive interventions. Doing so is harmful and counter to evidence based practice. Please also indicate that you believe that action should be delayed for comment.
      The proposed regulations can be viewed at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2013/04_apr/agenda_items/item_f.pdf. Sections 8VAC20-671-640, 650 and 660 starting on page 127 are of particular interest.
      On Monday, May 13, 9:00am the Virginia Department of Education will hold a Stakeholder Webinar on the proposed regulations for people with disabilities, parents and other advocates about the proposed regulations. You are welcome to join this webinar. Click the link below to join the webinar
      If you are not able to join the meeting through your computer, you can call: Toll-free: 1-866-8425779, Toll number: 1-832-4453763, Conference Code: 804 225 3252
      The Coalition is drafting comment on the proposed regulation which will be available early next week.
      For more information, contact the Coalition at cward@... or 757-351-1585 or 866-323-1088.
      Please share this information with other advocates.
      Sandy Alperstein, Illinois
      Twitter: @alpymom
      Volunteer 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)
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