Monday, May 11, 2009

COPAA Report - Unsafe in the School House: Abuse of Children with Disabilities

In March and April 2009, the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates conducted a survey which identified 155 cases in which children were tied, taped to chairs, forced into locked seclusion rooms, deprived of basic necessities, and subjected to a variety of abusive techniques. 

The survey findings concluded:

71% of cases, children did not have a positive behavior intervention plan
71% of parents did not consent to restraint, seclusion, or aversive use
68% of children abused had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
58% of abuse occurred in self-contained classroom with no other children with disabilities
53% of children aged between 6-10 years old

The report also includes summarized parent accounts of aversive use.

A copy of the full report can be found here:

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