Restraint & Seclusion

TASH Members Can Access Restraint & Seclusion Prevention Training

Beginning Monday, March 4, TASH members will have access to a complimentary suite of training sessions on the prevention of restraint, seclusion and aversive interventions. The sessions are a reprise of content previously only available for purchase, and part of an new effort to make education and advocacy content available as part of TASH membership.… read more

APRAIS calls for immediate action to cease funding of the Judge Rotenberg Center

The Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS) has issued the following letter to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, as well as the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the ongoing funding of the Judge Rotenberg Center.  View a PDF version… read more

Students with Disabilities Often Restrained or Isolated in Prince William County

This post is part of The Cost of Waiting, an ongoing examination of restraint and seclusion through media reports. You can view TASH’s comprehensive report by visiting http://tash.org/the-cost-of-waiting. The family of a student in Virginia’s Prince William County filed a complaint against their son’s school with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights,… read more

Guest Post: I will try to Forgive, but I will never Forget

Note: the author of this guest post has requested anonymity due to an ongoing legal matter. Children should never be afraid to go to school, and parents should never have to worry that their children will be harmed by the people taking care of them while they are at school. Forgiveness isn’t possible when negative… read more

Recap of Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Restraint & Seclusion

This is a follow up on our previous post about today’s hearing on restraint and seclusion prevention with the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. (learn more about what you can do here.) The hearing, entitled Beyond Seclusion and Restraint: Creating Positive Learning Environments for All Students, was led by HELP Committee chair Sen.… read more

Senate Holds Restraint and Seclusion Hearing

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?… read more

TASH Members Collaborate on Restraint and Seclusion Resource

TASH members were instrumental in creating a resource guide in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. The resource is Creating Positive Cultures of Care, and TASH members Pat Amos (Board of Directors), Janic LeBel (Human Rights Committee), Anna Moore, Peg Kinsell (Human Rights Committee), Phyllis Musumeci (Human Rights Committee) and TASH Executive Director… read more

TASH Members Head to Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, June 26, the TASH Board of Directors and several TASH members and supporters gathered on Capitol Hill here in Washington, DC, for a day of advocacy. Each participant lined up several meetings with Senate and House offices throughout the day, and took part in information meetings aimed at generating support for TASH’s public… read more

Mother upset teacher accused of putting son in box is back in classroom

Joy Amatuccios' 14-year-old son, who has severe disabilities and uses a wheelchair, was placed inside a cardboard box during class at Hudson Middle School in North Carolina. She didn't find out until another parent showed her a photo several weeks later. The teacher, who was suspended by the school district for 13 days, has now… read more

TASH Shows ‘The Cost of Waiting’ to End Restraint & Seclusion

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… read more