It is so important to understand the National and State laws, as well as your local District policies, regarding restraint and seclusion.  Students with special needs, especially those who are non-verbal, are at an increased risk of being restrained or placed in a seclusion setting if they present behaviors which are PERCEIVED as unmanageable by those in charge of their care.  This is ABUSE! You must familiarize yourself with not only the laws and policies, but also the procedures in place which will assist you in reporting the abuse to the proper authorities.  DOCUMENTATION IS KEY… so please remember to keep a log book of all events and communications regarding a suspected incident of abuse.


Below you will find many useful resources to help you learn more about restraint and seclusion on the National and State levels.  Contact your District directly to see if they have their own restraint and seclusion policy.  Take note that your District CANNOT take away any provisions set forth by National and State laws.  They CAN, however, elaborate within their District policy and offer MORE protections to special needs students.   


The Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversion Interventions, and Seclusion (APRAIS)


Autism NJ

Restraint and Seclusion Guidance for Students with Disabilities


Education Law Center - ELC

School Discipline in New Jersey – A Toolkit for Students, Families, and Advocates


The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities

From the Capitol:  New Jersey Adopts Rules for Seclusion and Restraint for Students with Disabilities


SPAN Parent Advocacy Network

What Parents Should Know About the Use of Restraint and Seclusion


U.S. Department of Education

Fact Sheet:  Restraint and Seclusion of Students with Disabilities


U.S. Department of Education

Restraint and Seclusion:  Resource Document



Abuse, Restraints, and Seclusion in School


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