Restraint & Seclusion

Lawsuit alleges cruel and unusual punishment at Montana State Hospital

Tuesday, September 27, 2016Ryan Bragg is a 21-year-old man with mental illness who is civilly committed at Montana State Hospital. Frustrated by the lack of running water in his room, Bragg broke off the fire sprinkler from the ceiling on June 16, partially…

Disability advocates weigh in on Every Student Succeeds Act regulations

Wednesday, August 24, 2016Nearly three dozen disability rights groups signed onto public comments submitted to the Department of Education on August 1, urging the DOE to maintain No Child Left Behind’s testing accountability system, while urging greater clarity in the reporting requirements and…

Advocates press disability voice in NCLB rewrite implementation

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Advocates Push for Participation in Education Policy
The National Disability Rights Network is working to ensure that disability rights advocates have a voice in new regulations implementing the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act, the nation’s first major overhaul…

Disability advocates applaud No Child Left Behind rewrite

Monday, December 21, 2015
Every Student Succeeds Act Signed into Law
President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law December 11, maintaining, though weakening, much of the No Child Left Behind’s accountability structure long supported by disability advocates, while taking…

Lawsuit filed on behalf of handcuffed 8-year-old with ADHD

Monday, August 10, 2015S.R. is an eight-year-old, 52 pound boy with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). One day in Fall 2014, S.R. was removed from his classroom, allegedly for causing disruptive behavior. After S.R. allegedly failed to comply with directions from School Resource Officer Kevin Sumner, he was forced into a chair and handcuffed.

Graduation rates continue to lag for students with disabilities

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Graduation Report Released
Barely 6 in 10 students with disabilities completed high school in 2013, according to an extensive new report released May 12 by Grad Nation. The figure is nearly 20 percent lower than the national rate, which continued…

Report documents abuses in Oregon prison

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Abuse and Neglect at Oregon Penitentiary
Disability Rights Oregon released a scathing report May 4 of the Oregon State Penitentiary’s Behavioral Health Unit, accusing state officials of systematically violating the rights of inmates with mental illness. “Even in prison, there…

Report: States making progress on restraint and seclusion laws

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Report on use of restraints and seclusion in schools
Although legislation limiting restraint and seclusion practices has stalled at the federal level, states are moving forward with their own measures, according to a new report from the Autism National Committee

Judge expands court oversight of Minnesota settlement

Thursday, September 18, 2014
News from Minnesota
The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota has extended its jurisdiction by two years over a Court-approved settlement, signed in 2011, requiring the state to overhaul its institutional services. “Multiple admonitions to the (state Department…

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