Did the School District Restrain and/or Isolate Young Children with Disabilities?

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In October 2020, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division opened an investigation into seclusion and restraint against children with disabilities in Frederick County Public Schools (MD). On December 1, Continue Reading →

Update: 107,000 Students Subjected to Restraint/Seclusion. Contact Congress to Pass National Bill

New statistics show that in 2011-12, at least 70,000 students were subjected to physical restraint, and 37,000, to isolated seclusion. The statistics were released this Spring as part of the Continue Reading →

Supreme Court: P & A Can Sue State to Protect Individuals with Disabilities

While investigating suspicious deaths in state institutions, the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy (VOPA) requested relevant records from state officials. Virginia refused, stating that a state-law privilege protected records Continue Reading →

Must Police Obtain a Warrant or Consent Before Interviewing Child at School?

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether police and social workers must obtain a warrant, court order, or parental consent before interviewing children at school about claims of Continue Reading →

9th Circuit Blocks Isolation Room Lawsuit

A Washington school placed D.P., an autistic child, in a locked isolation room pursuant to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that allowed him to be placed in a “safe room” Continue Reading →

Will the Senate Pass the Restraint & Seclusion Bill?

Call your Senators and ask them to pass S.2860, the restraint/seclusion bill as it passed the House.  Dial 202-224-3121 or go to http://www.senate.gov, click on Senators for contact information (including Continue Reading →