Jan 03, 2012 -- 7:23 pmA 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.
Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, introduced legislation in late December that would bar restraint and seclusion in most school situations.
The bill is an attempt to address concerns after a 2009 Government Accountability Office report found hundreds of cases of restraint or seclusion in schools that were allegedly abusive or deadly. In nearly all incidents, the students involved had disabilities.
Under the Harkin proposal, children could not be secluded in locked or unattended areas and educators would be barred from using chemical or mechanical restraints. The measure would also limit any type of restraint from being used outside of emergency situations and it would prohibit the tactics from being included in a student’s individualized education program, or IEP. To read the entire article please click: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2012/01/03/new-restraint-senate/14690/
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