Abuse & Neglect
Alaska Safety Planning & Empowerment Network (ASPEN): Bringing Together Domestic/Sexual Violence and Disability Service Agencies (AK UCEDD/LEND)
Research staff from the Center for Human Development (Alaska UCEDD) have an ongoing role in community needs assessment with the Alaska Safety Planning and Empowerment Network (ASPEN). ASPEN brings together domestic violence/sexual assault (DV/SA), and disability service agencies from around the state, in primarily rural areas. Team members bring agencies together to: examine agency policies; seek service user feedback through focus groups; increase accessibility for survivors with disabilities in the DV/SA system; and increase trauma responsiveness in disability service systems.
December 4-7 in Washington, DC
The AUCD 2016 Conference, "Navigating Change: Building our Future Together," highlights both the change that comes at the end of a Presidential term as well as our need to work together to create a future in which children and adults with disabilities are able to participate fully in all aspects of life as valued members of their communities. Join us to engage in powerful, important, and inspiring personal and professional discourse on December 4-7 in Washington, DC.
The Department of Education Office for Civil Rights released this Data Snapshot Issue Brief examining demographic patterns in school suspensions and expulsions, including disability status.
Rep. Donald Beyer (D-CT) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced their own version of the Keeping All Students Safe Act. The bill is identical to that which the House approved in 2011.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) outlines the economic rationale against using restraint and seclusion in this policy paper.
Advocates are urging reintroduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which was previously introduced by Rep. George Miller in 2013 during the 113th Congress. The bill establishes federal minimum safety standards to limit the use of restraint and seclusion, requires school officials to be trained and certified before practicing restraint, and bans the use of mechanical and chemical restraints.