'Legislation & Parents Resource on Restraints and Seclusion'
Today, we are sharing excerpts of a letter we emailed to some of state Legislators. We hope that you will be inspired to communicate your views with your leaders,too. You may choose to call, write a letter, email, text, Twitter, Facebook or use other social media that your Legislator shares on their website. Legislators are elected by the people and they want to know what their constituents think.
May 17, 2011
To: Louisiana State Legislators
RE: FYI: TASH: Restraints and Seclusion Parent Guide
Greetings LA State Legislators,
LA Senate Bill SB 59 authored by Senator Jack Donahue(R-11) . SB59 which focuses on guidelines for the appropriate use of Restraints and Seclusion in our Louisiana Schools. Soon, this bill will be voted on by more legislators. I am hoping to be able to inform the Self-Advocates and Families with Special Needs whom I represent that SB59 - primarily authored by Senator Jack Donahue - has been supported by our Louisiana Legislator.
In light of this hope, I am sharing an online tool that is free and can be downloaded for Parents to understand about the use of Restraints and Seclusion in schools. TASH explains, " Shouldn’t School Be Safe?’ is a free resource developed for parents and written by parents that offers insight and advice to respond to and prevent restraint and seclusion." TASH -"Offers Free Parent Guide on Restraint and Seclusion . For more info. about TASH, refer to TASH- Equity, Opportunity and Inclusion for People with Disabilities .
'Shouldn't School Be Safe?' is a general publication and not targeted to any particular state, disability, special need, age group, etc... As a Parent of a 5 year old who has attended school since the age of 3, I am mindful of what, how, when , where, why and who provides services for my son. I am responsible for ensuring that my son develops, learns, grows, contributes to and enjoys life – even on the Autism Spectrum. My son enjoys bowling, computers, festivals, nature walks, gymnastics, 2k races, beignets and school. Yes, he faces challenges:
- as a Student with Sensory Processing Integration needs who utilizes his schools Sensory Room as part of his Sensory Diet;
- as a Student who desires peer engagement and therefore participates in socialization strategies via after-school school-based P.A.L.S. (Play And Learn Social Skills); and
- as a Student who learns in a 'uniquely different' way by increasing his communication with P.E.C.S. (Picture Exchange Communication System).
SB59 – from LaTEACH Action Alert-'It's Time to Contact Senate Education Committee Members'and LaTEACH 'Action Alert-Next Critical Step for Advocacy. For those who were unable to meet at the LA State Capitol, LaTEACH provided a link to the Senate Education Committee Meeting LIVE via the LaTEACH Facebook page.
I am proud to share SB59 and TASH’s 'Shouldn't School Be Safe?' on my 'EnjoyHi5Autism' global sites. Also, I have shared a poll on Facebook 'Have you reviewed the TASH Parent Guide 'Shouldn't Schools Be Safe?' on Restraints and Seclusion? ' in hopes of sharing this free resource with Louisianans and other interested Parents, agencies and advocacy organizations.
Also, 'EnjoyHi5Autism' shares on Google Buzz, Google Reader, Vimeo, and Viddler.