Restraint & Seclusion

Why Our Children Can’t Wait……Congress, Keep Our Children Safe

The end of the year always offers a time for individuals to reflect on the previous year and prepare for the next year. As Congress wraps up the 2011 legislative schedule, we want to call their attention to the thousands of children who have continued to be subjected to acts of seclusion and restraint… read more

Restraint and Seclusion in Louisiana Schools

The Advocacy Center is interested in information on the use of restraint or seclusion in Louisiana schools. They suspect numerous students with disabilities across Louisiana are being subjected to some form of restraint or seclusion to deal with non-compliant behavior, though they have not received complaints about this issue. … read more

APRAIS issues recommendations on restraint and seclusion resource

TASH Executive Director, Barb Trader, recently led representatives of the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion in a meeting with officials from the Department of Education to discuss the Department’s intention to provide a resource to the field on restraint and seclusion in schools. APRAIS presented recommendations for the planned resource that will… read more

What issues matter most to you? Poll

As you likely know, many issues of national concern are being debated in Congress that will impact people with disabilities. Members and advocates will have opportunities to discuss these issues with experts and disability leaders at the TASH Conference. Please take this Reader Response Poll and let us know what issues matter most to you!… read more

Problems Persist at Texas Institution

The Austin State Supported Living Center is “still struggling to protect residents, provide adequate nursing care and accurately document restraints,” says a recent article in the Austin American-Statesman. The center remains out of compliance with 153 of 171 provisions outlined between Texas and the Justice Department back in June 2009, when the state came under… read more

Massachusetts to hold hearings on regulations to ban aversive therapy

The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services has scheduled two public hearings on proposed regulations that would ban the practice of aversive therapy in the state. The first is Wednesday, July 20, in Worcester, and the second is Friday, July 22, in Boston. According to an official announcement, “the regulations are proposed for amendment to establish… read more

Private companies using questionable techniques to train California schools

A number of California school districts contract with private companies that provide training on physical restraint protocols and techniques. But many of these companies appear to have few qualifications and receive little oversight. Despite being considered "emergency interventions," restraint and seclusion incidents have more than doubled iin California n recent years.… read more

Emotionally exhausting but the best medicine for my soul

Cami Fawzy, mother and documentarian, shares her experience attending TASH's 2011 Capitol Hill Day, which included the TASH Congressional Briefing on restraint and seclusion. Cami is a passionate advocate for her youngest son, who was born with Down syndrome. Read what Cami describes as "emotionally exhausting but the best medicine for my soul!"… read more

TASH Leads Advocacy Effort on Restraint and Seclusion

Read about TASH’s two-day advocacy effort that brought restraint and seclusion to the forefront on Capitol Hill. Advocates from all over the U.S. were in attendance as we held congressional meetings with nearly 80 members of the U.S. House and Senate. The effort also included a congressional briefing on the need for federal policy that… read more

(Video) The TASH Congressional Briefing on Restraint & Seclusion

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, TASH held a congressional briefing entitled “National Efforts to Restrict the Use of Restraint and Seclusion Practices in Schools.” The briefing was a gathering place for congressional staff, advocates and field experts to learn about the critical need for legislation that protects students from abusive practices. … read more