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ASAN Update on Restraint & Seclusion Legislation National Call-In Day

Posted Jan 15 2010 2:40pm

I just received the following email from Meg Evans of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). ASAN is working on legislation to reduce seclusion and restraints within the schools. This alert calls for action next Thursday to call your representative (should you be a U.S. citizen) to support upcoming bills.

This is another ASAN Update for bloggers in the Autistic and disability rights communities. To increase support in Congress for the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247/S.2860), ASAN and APRAIS are asking disability rights advocates and others who favor the legislation to call members of Congress on Thursday, January 21st, and ask them to co-sponsor the bill. You can also help by reposting and distributing the announcement below.

As always, we encourage you to contact us with your comments, and please let us know if you would prefer to receive these announcements at a different address or to be removed from the list.

Best regards,

Meg Evans, Director of Community Liaison
Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Here is the letter:

Dear Friends, Advocates and Community Members,

In one week, Congress will come back in session. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), in conjunction with the Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS), is asking you to join us in a National Call-In Day on Thursday, January 21st to tell your members of Congress to support the Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in Schools Act (H.R. 4247/S.2860) introduced last month by Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-WA) and Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT). This legislation would provide students with and without disabilities vital protections against abuse in schools. We are providing details on how to contact your members of Congress—please distribute this announcement widely.


Please call this coming Thursday and encourage your friends, family and coworkers to participate by dialing the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and asking for your Congressional representative to Co-Sponsor H.R. 4247, and your senators to Co-Sponsor S. 2860.

To find out the names of your US Senators and Representative, click here (link to
Ask for the offices of your US Senators and Representative
Ask to speak to the person working on education issues
Identify yourself as a constituent and the organization that you represent (if any)

Message: ” I am calling to urge (Senator y) to cosponsor S.2860, legislation preventing harmful use of restraint and seclusion in schools.”

Message: “I am calling to urge (Representative z) to cosponsor HR 4247, legislation preventing harmful use of restraint and seclusion in schools.”

Thanks for your advocacy. Increasing congressional support for these bills will help move them through the legislative process towards enactment. Please call on January 21, 2010 and tell your friends and family to join you. If you are interested in doing more, please e-mail us at for information about how you can arrange a meeting with your representatives to explain why this bill is essential or visit to learn more.

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and the APRAIS Coalition

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