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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Education Department Data on Restraint and Seclusion

In The Politics of Autismdiscuss the use of restraint and seclusion.  Many posts have mentioned these techniques, both in schools and facilities for people with disabilities.

The 2017–18 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a survey of nearly all public schools and school districts in the United States:

  • Of the 101,990 students who were restrained at school to immobilize them or reduce their ability to move freely or were placed in seclusion — 79,676, or 78%, were students with disabilities (IDEA),
  • Of the 70,833 students who were subjected to physical restraint, 56,905 (80 percent) are students served under IDEA.
  • Of the  3,619 subjected to mechanical restraint. 1,494 (41 percent) are served under IDEA.
  • Of the 27,538 subjected to seclusion, 21,277 (77 percent) are served under IDEA.