Sunday, October 14, 2012

Autism Commission approves preliminary legislation on restraint and seclusion

Family Voices Indiana shares the following information from The Arc of Indiana regarding proposed legislation on restraint and seclusion:

The Indiana Commission on Autism has approved preliminary draft legislation regarding the use of seclusion and restraints in Indiana schools. 

Indiana is 1 of only 19 states that do not have a law protecting children from seclusion and restraint in schools. The Arc of Indiana is proud to be working with the Autism Society of Indiana, NAMI and a key group of parents and professionals that care about this issue and want to see legislation passed in the next legislative session. 

If approved, the legislation would:   
  • Require all students be treated with dignity and respect
  • Require school corporations to develop a policy and have it approved by their governing body
  • Require training of appropriate school employees
  • Require parental notification in a reasonable time frame 
The draft also includes numerous definitions important to these issues. Several key components will be added to the bill after it is introduced. 

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