School Is Not Supposed to Hurt: NDRN Report Update

Federal minimum standards are needed so that school children are protected from abusive seclusion and restraint practices, regardless of where they live. On February 2, 2010,The National Disability Rights Network Continue Reading →

Congressional Committee Considers Restraint and Seclusion Bill

The House Committee on Education and Labor will mark up the Congressional restraint/seclusion bill this Thursday, February 4.  During mark-up, the Congressional Committee will consider the bill and any proposed Continue Reading →

Today: National Call-In Day! Prevent Harmful Use of Restraint & Seclusion in Schools

Today is the day! Thursday, January 21st, tell your members of Congress to support the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247/S.2860) introduced last month by Representatives Continue Reading →

Using Federal Stimulus $$$ to Construct Seclusion Areas

A Wisconsin school district has decided to use federal stimulus dollars to construct “seclusion areas” in its schools.  The decision is opposed by those working to end such practices for Continue Reading →

“Something is Very Wrong When Our Children Are at Risk in School”

A 14-year old student in a special education classroom in Texas, Cedric lived with a foster family because of a history of neglect, including malnutrition. One day in 2002, his Continue Reading →

Teacher Fired, Isolation Room Closed, Lawsuit Pending

The following video (taken from a school surveillance tape) is a shocking report of videotaped abuse of a 14 year old boy who has autism. [Video no longer available] This Continue Reading →

“I Urge You to Ensure That Every Student in Every School is Safe and Protected”

In a July 31 letter, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described his reaction to testimony before Congress on the use of restraints and seclusion in public schools. He advised school Continue Reading →

Handcuffs? Bruises? Disability Rights Files Suit Against Wake County Schools

On Thursday, September 18, Pete and Pam presented a special education law and advocacy training program in Chapel Hill, NC. After checking in, we picked up an email from an Continue Reading →