For Immediate Release
Contact: David Card
Washington, DC – The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) applauds the announcement of an initiative out the U.S. Department of Education which will address the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion and ensure compliance with federal laws.
The practices of restraining and secluding students must be seen as an educational failure as evidenced through NDRN’s report, School is not Supposed to Hurt. NDRN is heartened that the Department will take a hard look at the data surrounding these practices and the legal obligation of schools to provide a free and appropriate public education. Additionally, NDRN is thrilled the Department will focus on providing technical assistance to schools and districts on effective interventions and supports.
NDRN will continue to work with Congress on the passage of the Keeping All Students Safe Act which would limit the use of restraints and ban the practice of seclusion. We stand ready to assist the Department to help ensure that this initiative is implemented in an effective and meaningful manner.
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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.