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Restraint, Isolation Often Lead to Harm

Tennessee, February 13, 2009
As the 2006-2007 school year began, the use of physical restraint and seclusion in Tennessee schools came to the attention of the Disability Coalition on Education (DCE).

Disturbing reports depicted children with disabilities locked in closets, restrained in life-threatening positions by untrained personnel, strapped into chairs for hours. DCE and The Arc of Tennessee reviewed state law and researched legislative action in other states. Our study yielded unsettling findings:

>> While many populations in Tennessee have legal protections from restraint and seclusion, such as children in foster care and individuals with mental illness, there were no regulations, training or reporting requirements for students with disabilities.

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