If you want to impact change, it is time to take action. There are many ways that you can influence change. Here are some of the things you can do to reduce and eliminate restraint, seclusion, suspension, corporal punishment and end the school-to-prison pipeline.
A minute of your time could help pass meaningful legislation and make a difference. The Keeping All Students Safe Act would prohibit and prevent seclusion, mechanical restraint, chemical restraint, and dangerous restraints that restrict breathing, including prone and supine. The legislation would also prevent and reduce the use of physical restraint in schools and for other purposes.
If you are running for an elected position and are committed to ending the use of restraint, seclusion, and corporal punishment consider taking our pledge. Pledge to lead and support policy and/or legislative change to reduce and eliminate the use of restraint, seclusion, and corporal punishment in public, private, and residential schools and facilities.
The toolkit begins by reviewing the issues associated with the use of restraint and seclusion. We then share a few quotes from various stakeholders we interviewed. Next, we will present the model legislation that you can introduce to your state-level representatives. We attempt to demystify the process and help you craft your story along the way.
While they can be difficult to share, our stories are critical for influencing change. Our stories help others to realize that they are not alone and that they too can influence change. Our stories can influence members of the media to investigate and write articles that can inspire change.