ACDL Takes on the Issue of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools with help from NAU - IHD

The issue of restraint and seclusion of students receiving special education services has risen to the forefront during the past couple of years at both the national and local level. The Center has developed multiple strategies to address and confront this troubling issue within the school system.  Center staff has refocused the special education priorities to significantly increase work in the areas of individual case work and systemic change.  In addition, the Center has initiated several investigations regarding suspected abuse/neglect within the school system in our efforts to identify individual and/or systemic problems.

 
Recently, the Center successfully completed four statewide trainings on the subject of restraint and seclusion in collaboration with experts in the field of positive behavior supports. The goal of the trainings was to provide parents with information that leads to the prevention of restraint and seclusion and/or the removal of a student with challenging behavior from the education environment. The trainings were divided into two sessions. The morning sessions were presented by Renaldo Fowler, Senior Staff Advocate, and JoAnn Sheperd, Staff Attorney, of the Arizona Center for Disability Law. The afternoon sessions were conducted by Daniel Davidson, Ph.D., BCBA, Institute for Human Development, Northern Arizona University and Fernando Armendariz, Ph.D., Behavior Consultant and Director of FABAS, a consulting, training and rehabilitation agency that provides bilingual services to families and schools.
 
Training in Flagstaff - rows of attendees looking at PowerPoint Presentation given by Renaldo FowlerThe morning sessions provided participants with an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This session focused on the role and importance of the evaluation and Individual Education Program (IEP) development, implementation and compliance. 
 
The afternoon sessions provided in-depth information on the use of positive supports to prevent restraint and seclusion and strategies for working with students with challenging behaviors in the educational environment.  The sessions provided information on such topics as “What is Positive Behavior Support?”, “Why Do We Need Positive Behavior Support?” and “What’s Included in Positive Behavior Support?“
 
The trainings, held in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and in Eastern Arizona on the White Mountain Apache Nation, were well attended by a total of 334 participants.
 
In our efforts to better serve the Spanish speaking community in Arizona, the Center, in collaboration with Dr. Armendariz, will be conducting a training presented entirely in Spanish on Positive Behavior Supports.  The training has been scheduled for September 22, 2010 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. at the Disability Empowerment Center in Phoenix. For information regarding this training, please contact Martha Leon at the Center at 602-274-6287.
 
The Center’s goal is to conduct four more trainings during the upcoming fiscal year (which begins October 1, 2010) in Phoenix, Tucson, Western Arizona and Northern Arizona. Information about future trainings will be provided on the Center’s website, www.azdisabilitylaw.org on the Trainings Calendar web page. For more information about the Center’s other programs, visit the aforementioned website or become a member of their social networking website at http://acdlaw.ning.com.