Menu Skip to content
Search Facebook Twitter

Restraint & Seclusion

Report Finds More States Limiting Restraint, Seclusion (March 31, 2015)
Though federal efforts to restrict the use of restraint and seclusion in schools have stagnated, an analysis finds a growing number of states have implemented laws to curtail the practices.

Report: Changes Fail To Curb Restraint, Seclusion (November 3, 2014)
Despite many states making policy updates in recent years, a new analysis suggests that students with disabilities continue to experience high rates of restraint and seclusion at school.

Report Prompts Renewed Push To Limit Restraint, Seclusion (February 13, 2014)
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 (January 7, 2014)
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 (May 30, 2013)
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 (May 10, 2013)
Lawmakers are renewing their push to enact first-ever federal legislation regulating the use of restraint and seclusion in the nation’s schools.

Advocates Renew Call For Restraint, Seclusion Reform (September 25, 2012)
More than 200 disability organizations are urging Congress to reignite efforts to regulate the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

Disability Rights A Focus In Senate (July 13, 2012)
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 (June 25, 2012)
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.

In First, Feds Issue Advice On Restraint And Seclusion (May 15, 2012)
The U.S. Department of Education weighed in on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools Tuesday with a 45-page resource document, but stopped short of issuing formal guidance to educators.

Report Favoring Restraint, Seclusion Stirs Backlash (March 13, 2012)
Disability advocates are on the offensive after a national group representing school administrators issued a report supporting the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.

Feds: Students With Disabilities Most Often Restrained (March 7, 2012)
First-ever national data released Tuesday indicates that students with disabilities are significantly more likely than others to be restrained at school.

New Effort Emerges To Curb Restraint, Seclusion In Schools (January 3, 2012)
A proposal in the U.S. Senate is breathing new life into efforts to limit restraint and seclusion of children with disabilities in the nation’s schools.

Restraint, Seclusion Overlooked In Education Bill (October 21, 2011)
Despite efforts to address restraint and seclusion within an overhaul of the nation’s primary education law, the issue was left out when the U.S. Senate moved forward on a bill this week.

Panel Calls On Feds To Limit Restraint, Seclusion (September 7, 2011)
A government advisory panel wants the Obama administration to do more to address the use of restraint and seclusion among people with disabilities.

Feds To Offer Schools Guidance On Restraint, Seclusion (May 19, 2011)
The Education Department plans to offer guidance on restraint and seclusion before the next school year begins, even as Congressional efforts on the issue continue to appear stalled.

Group Offers Advice To Parents On Restraint, Seclusion (May 13, 2011)
For parents concerned about restraint or seclusion at school, information can be hard to come by. Now a new guide is offering practical advice for dealing with the issue.

School Restraint, Seclusion Bill Resurfaces In Congress (April 6, 2011)
There are renewed efforts in Congress this week to impose federal limits on the use of restraint and seclusion in special education, but it’s unclear how or when the issue might move forward.

Time Runs Out For School Restraint, Seclusion Bill (November 17, 2010)
Efforts to establish federal limits on the use of restraint and seclusion in the nation’s schools appear to be dead, at least for now, disability advocates are acknowledging.

Disability Advocates Split On Restraint, Seclusion Reform (November 2, 2010)
A coalition of advocacy groups is beginning to splinter after a revised restraint and seclusion bill opened the door for the practices to be included in students’ IEPs.

Disability Group Comes Out Against Restraint, Seclusion Bill (October 26, 2010)
At least one disability advocacy group is now opposing a bill in Congress that they once championed after changes would allow restraint and seclusion to be included in students’ or IEPs.

Education Department Staying Out Of Restraint, Seclusion Debate (October 22, 2010)
The Department of Education’s top special education official said Friday that the department has no position on whether or not restraint and seclusion should be included in students’ IEPs.

Senators Propose Revised Restraint And Seclusion Bill (October 5, 2010)
A modified bill to restrict restraint and seclusion in schools could breathe new life into Congressional efforts to alter the way educators discipline students with special needs.

Despite Reforms, Problems With Restraint And Seclusion Persist (August 24, 2010)
Amid a national push for limits on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools, compliance remains elusive two years after Iowa implemented new rules of its own.

Restraint And Seclusion Bill Hits Bumpy Road On Path To Senate (August 3, 2010)
A bill that would limit restraint and seclusion in the nation’s schools is on shaky ground amid concerns over a provision barring the practices from being included in a student’s IEP.

House Approves Bill To Limit Restraint, Seclusion In Schools (March 3, 2010)
A bill imposing first-ever federal oversight on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools cleared the House Wednesday, paving the way for Senate consideration.

Ahead Of House Vote, Private Schools Seek Restraint, Seclusion Exemption (March 2, 2010)
As the House prepares to vote Wednesday on restraint and seclusion, private schools are working to block the bill in a move that’s catching disability advocates by surprise.

Education Department Unveils Long-Awaited Restraint, Seclusion Policy Roundup (February 24, 2010)
A summary of state policies on restraint and seclusion released Wednesday reveals a patchwork system, with 16 states and territories offering no rules, regulations or guidance.

Snow Delays Education Department Release Of Restraint, Seclusion Policies (February 12, 2010)
A listing of state policies on restraint and seclusion in schools expected Friday is delayed after snow shut down federal offices in Washington for nearly a week.

School Restraint, Seclusion Bill Clears House Committee (February 4, 2010)
A bill which would establish federal oversight of seclusion and restraint tactics used in schools is one step closer to becoming law.

Few States Take Action On Restraint And Seclusion, Report Finds (February 2, 2010)
A year after a report revealed widespread incidents of abusive and even deadly restraint and seclusion tactics in schools, states have been slow to respond.

Under Pressure, Duncan To Release States’ Restraint And Seclusion Policies (January 26, 2010)
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan pledged to have a “real clear plan” in every state at the start of this school year. Now officials say information will be released soon.

Your Guide To Restraint And Seclusion (January 19, 2010)
Congress is working to curb the practices in schools. What you need to know to stay safe now.

State Rejects Use Of Stimulus Funds For Seclusion Areas (January 11, 2010)
State officials turned down a Wisconsin school district’s plan to use federal stimulus dollars to build seclusion areas for use with students who have disabilities.

School District Taps Stimulus Funds To Build Seclusion Rooms (December 22, 2009)
As Congress works to limit the use of restraint and seclusion in schools, a Wisconsin district is planning to use federal stimulus dollars to build new seclusion areas.

States Make Little Progress On School Restraint And Seclusion (December 14, 2009)
Most states have done little in response to scathing allegations of abusive restraint and seclusion in schools that emerged in a federal report earlier this year.

Lawmakers Unveil Restraint And Seclusion Bill To End ‘Nightmare Of Abuse’ (December 9, 2009)
Certain types of restraint and seclusion would be banned and any use of the practices would be reported to parents and the public under legislation introduced in Congress.

Congress To Address Abusive Restraint And Seclusion In Schools (December 7, 2009)
Lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation Wednesday intended to curb abusive restraint and seclusion practices in the nation’s schools.

Education Secretary Asks School Chiefs For Seclusion, Restraint Policies (August 3, 2009)
A letter sent late last week follows up on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s pledge to encourage all states to have policies in place before the start of the school year.

White House ‘Very Concerned’ About Seclusion, Restraint (May 26, 2009)
White House officials met Tuesday with representatives of approximately 40 organizations to discuss the issue.

Education Secretary Commits To Seclusion, Restraint Reforms (May 20, 2009)
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will ensure that all states have policies in place for handling seclusion and restraint in schools before the start of the next academic year.

Government Report Confirms Abusive Seclusion, Restraint (May 19, 2009)
The report finds hundreds of cases of allegedly abusive restraint and seclusion in schools, nearly all of which involve students with disabilities.

Abusive Restraint And Seclusion Tactics Widespread, Report Indicates (May 6, 2009)
In more than 70 percent of cases where abusive interventions were used with children with disabilities at school, parents did not consent to seclusion and restraint tactics.

Government Report On Seclusion, Restraint Expected Soon (April 17, 2009)
A January report outlining injuries and deaths causes by schools’ use of seclusion and restraint prompted a federal inquiry into the matter, which is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Congressman Wants Answers On School Restraint And Seclusion (January 27, 2009)
Following a report exposing physical and emotional injuries resulting from seclusion and restraint tactics schools use to handle behavior, the chair of the House Education and Labor Committee is calling for an investigation.

Schools’ Restraint And Seclusion Tactics Cause Injury, Death, Report Says (January 14, 2009)
The report cites dozens of cases of students suffering injury or death resulting from restraint or seclusion, but warns that the full impact of such practices is yet unclear.

Sign up for our newsletter

Get the latest developmental disability news from Disability Scoop sent straight to your inbox.


Get unlimited Disability Scoop access starting at just $5

Join Today