The Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint is proud to be a part of the Alliance to Prevent Restraint and Seclusion in Schools (APRAIS) coalition. APRAIS is a coalition of organizations and advocates who dedicate their time and resources to ending restraint and seclusion abuse in U.S. schools. As a member of the coalition we wanted to share with you and invitation to join an upcoming congressional briefing related to the Keeping All Students Safe Act.
On behalf of the Alliance to Prevent Restraint and Seclusion in Schools (APRAIS) coalition, we cordially invite you to a virtual briefing titled Keeping All Students Safe: How Seclusion and Restraint Harms Children and What Congress Can Do to Stop It.
Date: November 18, 2021
Time: 12:00–1:00 PM ET.
Registration is required to join.
The U.S. Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) continues to show that of the 101,990 students who were restrained at school or were placed in seclusion — 78 percent were students with disabilities. Although Black students comprise 15 percent of the student population, they represent 22 percent of students subjected to seclusion and 34 percent of students subjected to mechanical restraint. Although some states have taken action to pass laws prohibiting seclusion and limiting restraint, many states have no policy protecting children from these dangerous and sometimes lethal practices. Often, parents are never notified their child is placed in seclusion or restrained while at school.
In this virtual briefing, a distinguished panel will share their lived experiences with seclusion and restraint and discuss why Congress must pass the Keeping All Student Safe Act (HR 3474/S.1878) to end the use of seclusion, prevent and reduce the use of physical restraint, and provide funding to schools so personnel are prepared to support all students in a safe and positive environment.
Denise Marshall, CEO, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (moderator)
Victoria Johnson: Parent and Founder, Families United for Self-Empowerment, North Dakota
Sam Maloney: Self-advocate and Photographer
Heidi O’Leary: Director of Special Education, MSD 75 Maine
Dan Stewart, Esq.: Legal Director, Minnesota Disability Law Center
Julie Wiener: Self-advocate
Angie Zara: 4th Grade Teacher, Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, DC
Please join us for this important discussion!