Join the Stop Hurting Kids Campaign - film and kick-off - please share!
- Stop Hurting Kids is a National Campaign to End Restraint and Seclusion Abuse in SchoolsCOPAA has teamed up with other advocacy, disability, social justice and mental health organizations to launch Stop Hurting Kids, the national campaign to end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools. The campaign kicks off this Thursday, May 30, in Washington, D.C., with a special film screening.Stop Hurting Kids seeks to spark a public dialogue about the dangers of restraint and seclusion practices, and gain support for the adoption of practices and policies that maintain a learning environment free from the threat of these abuses.The campaign promotes resources for safe and effective alternatives, and calls upon parents, educators, policy makers and advocates to take action.The film screening on May 30 will feature Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, the latest documentary from filmmaker Dan Habib (Including Samual, Who Cares About Kelsey?). It will also include special guests Michael Yudin of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and Larke Huang or the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. You can participate in this event either in person or virtually over the Internet.Film Screening and Campaign Kick OffThursday, May 30, 20135-6:30 p.m. ETNational Youth Transition Center2013 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006To participate over the Internet, see the access instructions at the campaign website, http://stophurtingkids.com.We encourage you to visit http://stophurtingkids.com, sign up to join the campaign and help us spread the word by sharing information with your friends, colleagues and social networks! You can find the campaign on Twitter at https://twitter.com/End_RS, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stophurtingkids.We look forward to sharing additional details in the coming weeks. Please help us spread the word about this important campaign!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)