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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Report: Kids are restrained, secluded

Report: Kids are restrained, secluded

http://seattlepi. nwsource. com/national/ 1153ap_restraini ng_kids.html

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- Schoolchildren across the U.S. have been injured or killed
when they were restrained or secluded, a disability rights group says. A
House committee announced a hearing on the issue.

The National Disability Rights Network, in a report Tuesday, identified
cases across the country in which children, many of them with disabilities,
were traumatized, injured or killed at school.

For example, 15-year-old Michigan boy with autism died while being
restrained by four school employees, the report said.

In another case, a 13-year-old Georgia boy hanged himself in a locked
concrete seclusion room after pleading with teachers not to isolate him for
hours at a time.

The group said its report "is clearly just the tip of the iceberg" because
the government doesn't have any system of collecting data about these
abuses.

Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., chairman of the House Education and Labor
Committee, said he would schedule a hearing on the issue.

"This report raises serious questions about the treatment of schoolchildren,
the qualifications and training of staff, and what actions have been taken
to address these unconscionable practices," Miller said. "No child should be
at risk or in danger while at school, no matter what the circumstances. "

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Recommendations for the new administration

The new administration has asked members of the disabilities communities for recommendations for the agenda in this area. Here is the Autistic Self Advocacy Networks response.

K3 is here

Amy and Kenny had their baby the other day on January 2nd. He is a beautiful little man and Amy and Kenny are thrilled to be parents. He weighed in at 9lbs 4 oz and was 20 inches long. Mom and baby are doing well. I don't have any pictures yet, but when I get them I will post. Congratulation Amy and Kenny on the birth of Kenneth Lamar Henderson III.

A Public Service Announcement

I just learned of a public service announcement produced by the Dan Marino Foundation, with support from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. I really think this is wonderful, please have a look. Our life is touched by autism, not ruined by it!