TASH Model State Bill on Restraint & Seclusion

TASH Model State Bill on Restraint & Seclusion

TASH has led the fight against the use of aversive behavioral interventions for many years. Last year, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights data collection reported that restraint and seclusion use is climbing in public schools. Use is disproportionate: 75% of all incidents involve students with disabilities, and children of color with and without disabilities are twice as likely to be targeted compared to other students. Research tells us that restraint and seclusion serves no benefit, and is traumatic and dangerous for children and for staff.

Last year, the Keeping All Students Safe Act in the House and Senate generated 70 co-sponsors total, but did not pass. Less than half of the states have enforceable protections against the non-emergency use of restraint and seclusion for all children. To respond to this lack of protections in states, TASH and our partner organizations (COPAA, NDRN and other members of APRAIS) drafted this model state bill.  View key components of the model state bill.

Most state legislatures are now in session. If your state does not have meaningful and enforceable protections in place for students (assess your state here), please consider working with other advocates in your state to introduce this bill and work toward its passage.

More information, including a compelling video of restraint and seclusion stories, research articles, position papers, and parent resources, can be found at http://stophurtingkids.com.

Real Stories of Restraint & Seclusion

Real Stories of Restraint & Seclusion

Children are traumatized by the use of seclusions and restraints used against them and denied the opportunity to learn with peers in appropriate programs and classrooms. Many parents find it necessary to seek legal assistance so that these abusive actions are stopped and appropriate programs are found. Often, parents have no alternative but to move from their homes into new school districts and neighborhoods so that their children have a second chance to learn without the use of these abusive acts. Read More »

Real Stories of Restraint & Seclusion

Real Stories of Restraint & Seclusion

Children who are being restrained and/or secluded in closets and other types of equipment are keenly aware of what is happening to them.  Many children cannot communicate these aversive actions against them to their parents but some children do tell their parents about how they fell and hurt during these acts when done to them. Parents often learn about their children’s experiences just by accident, in a conversation with their child, or by a brave and conscientious teacher informing them that these practices are occurring and are wrongfully being used.   These five stories are being told by parents and students with these experiences.  Read More »

Real Stories of Restraint & Seclusion

Real Stories of Restraint & Seclusion

These four stories told by parents share in detail how their young sons were restrained and/or secluded in their school environments. Each story illustrates the devastating physical and emotional injuries that children suffer during abusive episodes and the devastating effects that each child experiences because of these unnecessary acts, effects that can continue for years. In many cases, parents are never notified or ever told that restraints and seclusions have been or are being used. Read More »