Wednesday, May 20, 2009

GAO Report Uncovers Abuse of Disabled Students

A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says thousands of disabled children are secluded or restrained in America’s public and private schools each year, and many of the techniques are allegedly abusive or cause death
After the National Disability Rights Network reported on dozens of cases of injuries or deaths resulting from restraint or seclusion, Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) requested the GAO report.

Rep. Miller said, "School is a place for students to learn, grow and thrive....Yet some educators are misusing behavioral interventions -- interventions that were intended only to be used in emergencies as a last resort -- for discipline or convenience in non-emergency situations."

Read a summary or the full report.
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