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American Bar Association Passes Resolution on Use of Seclusion and Restraint

House of Delegates resolution 103 was adopted in the 2020 annual meeting.

The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates has passed a resolution thaturges governmental bodies to adopt and enforce legislation and educational policies that prohibit school personnel from using seclusion and mechanical or chemical restraints on students in preschool through 12th grade. Resolution 103, sponsored by the Commission on Disability Rights and Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, also urges jurisdictions to bar personnel from physically restraining students unless they "pose a danger to themselves or others." If other less intrusive interventions are deemed inappropriate or fail and physical restraint is used, the resolution says, "personnel should not place students face-down or in any position that hinders their ability to breathe or communicate distress." It also promotes a requirement for professional development and ongoing training in positive behavior interventions and trauma-informed care.

Read the ABA resolution HERE.

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