The Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ investigative arm, is seeking information about the use of restraints, seclusion, and aversives in public school day programs.
The GAO is developing a report for hearings that will be held by House Education Committee Chairman George Miller on this issue.
The GAO is interested in all kinds of cases and situations in which children with disabilities were subjected to abusive interventions at school. These can be civil cases, criminal matters, due process hearings, or situations in which no one filed a hearing request or went to court at all.
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) wants to get an accurate picture of the extent to which restraints, seclusion, and aversives are used in public schools. COPAA developed a computerized form that people can use to provide information. After COPAA collects the information, they forward it to the GAO.
To access the reporting form, click here:
If You Are an Attorney or Advocate . . .
If you are an attorney or advocate who has worked with many families, you may wish to select one child and fill out the form for him/her. That may be easier and will help learn more about that child’s situation as an illustration. Alternatively, you can adapt the form by skipping most of the multiple choice questions and write about your clients in the narrative section. If you do the latter, be sure to state the number of clients you are writing about (e.g. I have represented 5 clients….).
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