Restraint & Seclusion

Schools May Be Underreporting Restraint, Seclusion

Students were subject to restraint and seclusion hundreds of thousands of times in one school year, a new analysis finds, and that’s likely just the tip of the iceberg.

Harsh Discipline More Common For Students With Disabilities

Federal officials say schools are restraining and secluding kids with disabilities far more often than other children and are disproportionately referring them to law enforcement.

Report Prompts Renewed Push To Limit Restraint, Seclusion

Widespread use of restraint and seclusion in the nation’s schools is putting kids with disabilities at risk and current laws offer families little recourse, a U.S. Senate investigation finds.

Restraint, Seclusion More Common At Affluent Schools

Students with disabilities are much more likely than other kids to be restrained or secluded at school, but how often the techniques are used varies significantly, a new report finds.

New Campaign Aims To Curb Restraint And Seclusion

Disability advocates are looking to jump-start their efforts to end abusive restraint and seclusion practices in the nation’s schools with a campaign kicking off this week.

School Restraint, Seclusion Bill Introduced In Congress

Lawmakers are renewing their push to enact first-ever federal legislation regulating the use of restraint and seclusion in the nation’s schools.

Lacking Speech, Boy Uses Stick Figures To Report Abuse

Facing mistreatment in his special education classroom, a 7-year-old boy who is nonverbal turned to stick-figure drawings to alert his parents.

State Challenges School Using Shock Therapy

Officials in Massachusetts are taking steps to clamp down on a controversial school that uses electric shocks to address behavior problems in kids and adults with developmental disabilities.

Girl With Special Needs Bound With Duct Tape

A community is outraged after an 8-year-old girl with Down syndrome was sent home from school with her feet and ankles duct taped.

Feds Warn School Over Shock Therapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning a Massachusetts school over its use of a controversial skin-shock therapy with students who have disabilities.

Advocates Renew Call For Restraint, Seclusion Reform

More than 200 disability organizations are urging Congress to reignite efforts to regulate the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

Use Of Seclusion Rooms Upheld

Federal education officials are standing behind a North Carolina school’s right to confine students with disabilities in seclusion rooms.

Special Education Parents Want Cameras In Classrooms

Following several incidents of alleged mistreatment of students with disabilities, a grassroots movement is urging schools to install cameras in classrooms.

Disability Rights A Focus In Senate

Disability issues topped the agenda on Capitol Hill this week as members of the U.S. Senate convened two hearings focusing on the rights of those with special needs.

Senate To Revisit School Restraint, Seclusion

Lawmakers are set to consider the use of restraint and seclusion in the nation’s classrooms in the coming weeks, rekindling efforts to establish first-ever federal rules governing the practices.

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