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There are several issues present that anyone without a developmentally disabled child wouldn’t know.
One is that not every school in New Hanover County uses these techniques. There are schools here where the staff is both skilled and knowledgeable enough that these rooms have the door taken off completely. Then there are schools where the teachers and administration will tell a parent that if seclusion and restraint is not used that their child is not going to really receive an adequate education unless the school can apply these techniques. It really depends on what school a child attends.
Another is that the school administration is supposed (by NC statute) to keep detailed records of each time a child is kept isolated in a locked room. This includes the behaviors child exhibits, the staff involved, length of time seclusion is used. Staff who use physical restraints and seclusion as part of an IEP are supposed to be trained.
Our children receive therapy from physicians, pediatricians, psychiatrists, and neurologists, they have case managers, psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and respite workers. No one else uses this technique, restraint and seclusion, except schools.
Also it is not about “PC” if our children participate equally, it is the law, both state and federal.
Our kids are growing up, and they need education, they need to be independent, they need to be able to work. With the disparities between special education programs between schools here in New Hanover County, some kids will get to that point, but many won’t.
Parent of an autistic 12 year old

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