New Report on Restraint and Seclusion; The Arc Supports Legislation to Limit the Practice

The American Association of School Administrators (AASA) issued a report opposing the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S. 2020HR 1381) introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Congressman George Miller (D-CA).  The bill allows the use of physical restraint only when someone is in danger of being harmed, while ensuring that personnel receive proper training, that parents are aware of any restraint or seclusion used with their children, and that the most dangerous types of restraint and seclusion are eliminated.  AASA argued that no federal legislation is necessary and school districts should have freedom to make decisions about restraint/seclusion on their own.

The Arc sent a letter to Senator Harkin, who is the Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, reiterating our support for restraint and seclusion legislation.  We also signed on to a Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) letter that detailed how children with disabilities, minorities, and other children have been harmed, injured, and killed by this practice.  That letter also states our strong support for the Harkin and Miller bills.

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  1. Good points made here. And never forget: There are cruel caregivers out there who abuse self abusive or aggressive autistic individuals and then BLAME it on “technique”. Still other “caregivers” are too lazy to implement necessary pro-active interventions or other calming or care needed and use unnecessary restraints or holds or techinques so they don’t have to work with the autistic person. They may be too busy texting or watching a movie. They can’t be bothered with the intensive work it takes to actually help the autistic person. Overmedicating a patient is yet another way to restrain patients to AVOID helping patients in a more humane and dignified way.

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