May 21, 2013
TASH urges members and supporters to contact their Senators in support of the nomination of Tom Perez as Secretary of the Department of Labor. As Assistant Attorney General of Civil Rights, Perez was a staunch protector of civil rights of people with disabilities and enforcer of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead decision. [...]
May 7, 2013
TASH members and supporters are encouraged to make every effort to join this planned national discussion with four federal agencies – the Departments of Labor, Education, Social Security, and Health and Human Services – to shape federal strategies to help youth and young adults with disabilities to successfully transition from school to work. This free, [...]
March 12, 2013
The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was introduced February 13 in the 113th Congress by a bipartisan, bicameral set of Congressional champions including Sens. Robert Casey, Jr., (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), and Reps. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Pete Sessions (R-TX). (see press release below) [...]
November 6, 2012
It takes just three minutes to contact your senators to let them know you support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Please take a moment to consider the following, and show your support of this important treaty. We are being significantly outnumber by the opposition by phone and social media. We need [...]
July 26, 2012
Important Update: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has rescheduled the meeting on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. ET. Thank you to everyone who has responded to this call to action. If you haven’t already, there’s still time to contact your senators and urge [...]
July 12, 2012
TASH will be attending a hearing today, July 12, as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee considers legislation to prevent restraint and seclusion abuse in U.S. schools. Want to know what you can do to support this effort?
June 5, 2012
Senators Harkin (D-Iowa) and Enzi (R-Wyo.) have announced a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Hearing on June 28, 10 a.m., at the Dirksen Building, Room SD-G50. The Hearing will explore the topic Beyond Seclusion and Restraint: Creating Positive Learning Environments for All Students. Additional details will be posted at http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings within the next few days. [...]
May 24, 2012
Through an analysis of news stories collected over the past year, The Cost of Waiting chronicles the vulnerability of children across the nation to restraint, seclusion and other dangerous aversive procedures. With each passing day, children in U.S. schools continue to be at risk of procedures that provide no therapeutic value and have shown to produce emotional trauma, physical injury and even death. Such practices, which are not evidence-based, include forcibly strapping a child to a chair, locking them in a closet or pinning them face down on the ground, among other practices.
May 8, 2012
TASH members will be very interested in the new long-range plan announced by NIDRR, which is open for comments until June 18. This is an excellent way for TASH to influence future priorities for NIDRR-funded research. TASH is collecting insights and recommendations from its members no later than June 1. TASH members are also encouraged [...]
March 13, 2012
Last week, the American Association of School Administrators issued an unsubstantiated, ill-informed and reckless report in which it voiced support for restraint and seclusion use on children in our schools. This report gained much attention through e-mail circulation and national news reports. TASH has responded in order to bring clarity and truth to the conversation.