Dec 09 School Safety

Protecting Schoolchildren

Lawmakers introduce legislation to prevent the use of restraint and seclusion


Press Contact for Related Inquiries Only:
Cindy Smith, Public Policy Specialist, 301-306-7070, ext. 138

On December 9, 2009, legislation to protect all students from the unnecessary use of restraints and seclusion in public and private schools was introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. CHADD extends heartfelt gratitude for the leadership shown by Chairman George Miller (D-CA), Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) to address this issue. The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (HR 4247) will help establish a federal floor of protection to ensure that all students, including students with AD/HD and related disorders, feel safe when they enter their school. “We cannot expect children to learn if they do not feel that school is a physically and emotionally safe place to be,” said Cindy Smith, CHADD's public policy specialist.
The introduction of this bill is a critical step toward ensuring the safety of all students. CHADD has been working primarily with the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS). CHADD joined the APRAIS coalition last year after the National Disability Rights Network released its report, School is Not Supposed to Hurt.
More information on CHADD's work to address the use of restraint and seclusion in schools is available in an October 2009 Attention magazine article and on CHADD's dedicated public policy webpage.
Read the text of the press release on the website of the House of Representatives. The press conference can be viewed on the website of the House Committee on Education and Labor.