The Cost of Waiting

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The fight to pass federal legislation to prevent restraint, seclusion and aversive procedures, and real consequences of inaction
The fight to pass federal legislation to prevent restraint, seclusion and aversive procedures, and real consequences of inaction

The Cost of Waiting

The second edition of The Cost of Waiting comes two years after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to restrict restraint and seclusion in schools. Such legislation never reached the Senate floor, and subsequent attempts have yet to yield real protections from abuse for our students. The Cost of Waiting chronicles the implications of inaction, as children across the country continue to be subjected to abusive practices that result in serious emotional trauma, physical pain and injury, and even death.

This report contains background information into the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. We have also conducted an analysis of media coverage on restraint and seclusion since the release of the first edition of The Cost of Waiting in 2011. By issuing this report, TASH hopes to continue to elevate the national dialogue on restraint and seclusion practices in schools. Please view, download and share this report.

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Download the 2011 report here