WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 9, 2020) – The U.S. Department of Education released a webinar to address the use of restraint and seclusion in the K-12 public schools.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced an initiative Jan. 17, 2019 to examine the possible inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in schools. The department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) partnered to support teachers, school leaders, parents and stakeholders as they work to address the behavioral needs of children with disabilities.
Part of the department’s initiative focused on providing technical assistance to support schools in understanding how Section 504, Title II, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) informs the development and implementation of policies governing the use of restraint and seclusion.
The department developed a webinar, Students with Disabilities and the Use of Restraint and Seclusion in K-12 Public Schools, as a resource and technical assistance tool to explain how federal laws apply to the use on restraint and seclusion.
WASHINGTON, DC (April 25, 2018) — Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett and the National Center for Learning Disabilities Vice President and Chief Policy and Advocacy Officer Lindsay Jones talked about the March 2017 Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, teacher professional development related to special education, the U.S. Department of Educations’ role, regulatory reform efforts, and more during an April 18 interview.
“OSERS really is unique… one reason is we really get the opportunity to impact across the life of an individual with a disability, so really birth through adulthood including post-secondary opportunities and certainly our goal of competitive integrated employment for individuals,” Collett said. “That opportunity to impact across the life of an individual is just something that’s incredibly unique and really something I am struck by every day.”