Limitations on the use of restraint and seclusion are critical in order to prevent abuse and reduction in the quality of life of students with disabilities. When employed, they must be only for emergency situations in which the student or others are in imminent danger and when lesser interventions have not worked, or are not feasible. When employed, they must be used only by well trained staff, using specified strategies authorized by the school system.
Please review the following reports for the scope of the problem and concerns of California and national agencies charged with protecting the rights of students with disabilities: Restraint & Seclusion in California School: A Failing Grade and School is Not Supposed to Hurt: Investigative Report on Abusive Restraint and Seclusion in Schools.
Both California and national legislation is being considered to address the problems outlined in these reports.
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