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February 26, 2010 - Join the National Call-In Day to Prevent Restraint and Seclusion!

Dear Friends,

On behalf of APRAIS (the Alliance to Prevent
Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion), TASH encourages you to contact
your congressional representatives during our National Call-In Day on February
26, 2010 and tell them to support the FEDERAL BILL - Preventing Harmful
Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247, S. 2860).

the House Committee on Education and Labor voted H.R. 4247 out of committee with
a vote of 35 to 10. Your hard work has certainly made a difference, but we need
your continued efforts to advance this important legislation. Specifically, we
need your assistance to get the bill moved to the floor for a full House vote
and to obtain Co-sponsors for the Senate version, S. 2860.

Senator Chris
Dodd (D-CT) introduced the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools
Act in the Senate, but we need to increase the number of Senate Co-Sponsors and
get this bill out of committee as soon as possible. Once passed, this
legislation will provide students with and without disabilities vital
protections against abuse in schools.


Ask your Congressional Representative to Co-sponsor H.R. 4247 and your
Senators to Co-Sponsor S. 2860 on Friday, February 26th!!

To find out
the names of your US Senators and Representative, click http://www.blogger.com/www.congress.org

Dial the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for the offices of
your US Senators and Representative

Ask to speak to the person working on education issues
yourself as a constituent and the organization that you represent (if any)

Please also encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to
participate in this important National Call-In!

Message: “I am
calling to urge [your Senator] to cosponsor S.2860, legislation preventing
harmful use of restraint and seclusion in schools.”

Message: “I
am calling to urge [your Representative] to cosponsor H.R. 4247, legislation
preventing harmful use of restraint and seclusion in schools.”

Thank you
for your advocacy. Your action will help increase congressional support for
these bills and move them through the legislative process toward enactment.
Please join the National Call-In Day on Friday, February 26,
, and tell your friends and family to join!

Please visit http://aprais.tash.org/ to learn more!

Best Regards,

The APRAIS Coalition

If you called during the last call-in day, and your congressman/senator has shown no action, I'd ask whomever answers the phone to explain to you the congressman's/senator's stand on the issue.

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