This publication was developed by parents and for parents in response to repeated requests for a practical guide to keeping our school children safe from restraint, seclusion and other aversive practices. While this problem has been most acute among children with disabilities, it is an issue of school safety that has the potential to affect ALL students, directly or indirectly, and one that all parents should know and care about.
Response, the third section, contains information that, hopefully, you will never need. It provides stepby- step actions you can take if you discover that your child has been restrained and/or secluded. Many possible contacts and actions are suggested because the process of finding help is not clear and simple. Across this country, there is only a poorly-made patchwork of laws and regulations that fails to adequately protect children. Parents are often told that the organizations or public agencies they contact lack the legal authority to step in and change what is happening, and that “there is no law” against restraining or secluding school children. Parents have had to become very creative and very persistent in finding solutions that protect their children, and must continue to work together to support each other and push for reforms.
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Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.index.htmFunctional Behavioral Assessments:
What, Why, When, Where, and Who?
Paper Trails, Letter Writing & Documentation
Procedural Safeguards & Parent Notice
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Military & Department of Defense (DOD) Special Education
- Google the question above but add your state. Example: How do I file a complaint with the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) ?
- Follow the instructions.
- Always keep a copy for yor files.