This action alert is designed to let people call on Congress and the White House to take action against school abuse against students with disabilities, particularly through the use of aversives, restraint and seclusion.
As our country commits to avoiding torture against our captured enemies abroad, it is past time that we end the torture of Americans with disabilities here at home. According to a recent report from the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), students with disabilities across the country are at risk for abuse due to the frequent use of aversives, restraints and seclusion within our public schools.
Groups such as NDRN, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, TASH and others have been advocating about this issue for years. We encourage you to work in concert with these organizations to undertake real and lasting action to protect students with disabilities from abuse. Such action must include both technical assistance and legal enforcement, as well as a ban on the use of aversives and non-emergency restraint and seclusion. To end abuse against students with disabilities will require action from both the executive and the legislative branches, as well as rigorous legal enforcement. The time has come to act and act now on this crucial civil rights concern. We encourage you to hear our voices.
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