Today’sNew York Timesruns a shocking story on the use of restraints in public schools on children with special needs — autism, attention deficit disorder, retardation. The article contains a link to an interesting site that advocates for this group:special needs muckraker. Here’s a quote from the article.
In April, a 9-year-old Montreal boy with autism died of suffocation when a special education teacher wrapped him in a weighted blanket to calm him, according to the coroner’s report. Two Michigan public school students with autism have died while being held on the ground in so-called prone restraint.
Local Vicki Forman writes anexcellent blog: “about being a writer and a mother and an advocate for my son who has special needs.” So far as I know, they haven’t had to deal with the use of restraints. Forman’s book on her experiences is slated for publication by Houghton Mifflin. You can check out her bloghere.