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Disability Organizations Concerned about Continued Controversial Seclusion and Restraint of Wisconsin Students: Report to be Released February 9

Sally Flaschberger, Disability Rights Wisconsin, 414-773-4646
Joanne Juhnke, Wisconsin Family Ties, 608-320-6165
Courtney Salzer, WI FACETS, 414-374-4645

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 – 10:00 AM

Where: Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E Main Street, Madison- Room 300SE

A new report will be issued by Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS at the State Capitol on February 9th, showing that Wisconsin children continue to be frequently subjected to controversial seclusion and restraint practices in Wisconsin’s public schools, despite the passage of a law intended to reduce such measures. Families from across the state will join disability organizations at the Capitol to share their stories about the harmful emotional and physical consequences of seclusion and restraint on children. We invite you to attend the event to hear the stories and recommendations on how changes to the law could provide greater protection for students with and without disabilities across our state. This is the second year Disability Rights Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Ties, and WI FACETS – the state’s leading advocacy organizations for students with disabilities – have collaborated to collect seclusion and restraint data from nearly every school district in the state.

• The 2016 report will detail how families continue to report instances in which children, even those as young as five, are being secluded and restrained repeatedly, sometimes daily.

• The report gives data from more than 400 Wisconsin school districts that responded to an open records request.

• The report highlights great discrepancy in how districts across the state report their data; continued confusion on the definitions of seclusion and restraint; significant concerns regarding the role of law enforcement officers in restraining students; and a lack of parent notification when these practices are occurring.

Click here for a pdf of this invitation.

• Disability Rights Wisconsin is a statewide private nonprofit organization that is part of a national system of federally mandated independent disability agencies.

• Wisconsin Family Ties, Wisconsin’s family voice for children’s mental health, is a parent-run nonprofit serving families that include children with social, emotional or behavioral challenges.

• WI FACETS is Wisconsin’s U.S. Dept. of Education/Office of Special Education Programs-funded Parent Training and Information Center serving families of children and youth with disabilities statewide.