Tuesday, May 26, 2009

GAO Report on Use of Seclusion and Restraint

Editors Note: This comes to NASW-NC from the NC Council on Developmental Disabilities


FYI - from DD Council partner....

The importance of the attached report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools and treatment centers merits a wide distribution.  Also attached are the recommendations from the Alliance for the Prevention of Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion. Thank you in advance for your attention and for sharing this information with others.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for bringing attention to the GAO report and the APRAIS recommendations. I would also like to bring to everyone's attention the report the National Disability Rights Network did on restraint and seclusion in schools. The report can be found at:

Anonymous said...

Dear Disability Community Members,

The House Committee on Education and Labor is collecting stories about restraint, seclusion, and other forms of abusive interventions in schools. Many of you submitted these stories to COPAA and we provided them to the Committee. The stories are very important because they show the extent of schoolhouse abuse in America and that this is a problem that affects us all....everywhere. We encourage you to submit your stories to the House Committee on Education and Labor at

Please be sure to include your complete contact information, or at least your email address and city, state, and zip code. They will use them as they work in support of legislation to remedy the abuse of children in school. Every child’s dignity and human rights must be protected.

We would also ask that you forward a copy to us at COPAA or CC us, jessica@copaa.org

COPAA continues to need your stories for our grassroots advocacy and advocacy in Congress, including in the Senate. Stories can have a huge impact in this way. Any bill must pass both House and Senate and we need to be able to share your stories in the Senate. (As always, COPAA will NOT share your personal identifying information, such as your name, email, address, etc. without your permission first. You can see our report, http://www.copaa.org/news/unsafe.html to see the kinds of summaries we create) COPAA does have a separate reporting form that you can use,
but its okay to just send a copy of the email that you send to the House Committee to jessica@copaa.org .

If you already reported your story to COPAA or to the GAO, we ask you to also email the House Committee and thank them for their work and bringing attention to this important issue. You may wish to summarize your story again.

Please distribute this email broadly and share it with any lists, clients, colleagues, and anyone you wish.

Thank you very much,
Jessica Butler
Government Relations Co-Chair (for Congressional Affairs)
Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates, Inc.
a national voice for special education rights and advocacy
email: jessica@copaa.org