Update on Restraint and Seclusion
From: PENT
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 2:44 PM
Subject: Update on Restraint and Seclusion

Greetings PENT Cadre and supporters,

Here are some updates about restraint and seclusion:

  • The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) has just published on March 6, 2012 a third report entitled, School Is Not Supposed to Hurt: The U.S. Department of Education Must Do More to Protect School Children from Restraint and Seclusion
    Website: http://www.ndrn.org/
  • US Department of Educationís regular civil rights data collection was also released on March 6, 2012 and included for the first time ever national data about the use of restraint and seclusion.
    - Overall, the data revealed that students with disabilities are significantly more likely than others to be restrained at school. In all, 38,792 of the students represented in the survey were physically restrained by an adult at school during the 2009-2010 academic year. The vast majority of those restrained (69%) had disabilities, even though students with special needs made up just 12 percent of the survey sample.
    - Boys are more likely than girls to be subject to restraint and seclusion.
    - Students from some racial groups were more frequently subject to the disciplinary tactics.
    - Students with disabilities were more than twice as likely to receive out-of-school suspensions as compared to their typically developing peers, the survey found.
    Website: http://ocrdata.ed.gov/
  • CDE has issued a letter, Procedures for Serious Behavior Problems, which updates previous information about procedures regarding serious behavior problems and reporting requirements for special education students.
    Website: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/lr/om092311.asp

Hope everything is going well with all of you and remember: None of us is as skilled as all of us!

Ann England, M.A., CCC-SLP-L
PENT Leader



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