In This Issue ...
February 21, 2017
Special Education Law & Advocacy Training
Mar 13 Greensboro, NC
Mar 16 College Park, MD
Restraint means restricting a student’s ability to move his torso, arms, legs or head freely. Seclusion is confining a student alone in a room or area that he or she is not permitted to leave.
OCR’s Data Collection indicates that schools restrain and seclude students with disabilities at higher rates than students without disabilities.
What can you do to protect your child?
New OCR Guidance discourages the use of restraint or seclusion, explains discrimination laws, and clarifies how the use of restraint and seclusion can violate these Federal laws.
In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn that IDEA and Section 504 provide safeguards for children when schools use restraint as discipline. If a child's "behavior" gets in the way of his or her education (or that of others), certain steps must be taken to ensure FAPE.
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