The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) held a hearing last week entitled, “Beyond Seclusion and Restraint: Creating Positive Learning Environments for all Students.” Four individuals offered testimony about positive alternatives to restraint and seclusion. To view testimony from each witness visit the HELP Committee website.
Earlier this year, 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 (S. 2020, HR 1381).