Carol Sadler
Special Education Consultant/Advocate
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188

I am a lay Parent Advocate assisting parents of children with disabilities in school IDEA, 504 and SST meetings. I am a former CHADD and LDA Coordinator, graduate of the 1st GA Advocacy Office PLSP legal training course and most importantly parent of two children with various disabilities.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Restraint and Seclusion Public Forums, Webinars and Public Input

FYI – Please distribute to everyone you know who may be interested!!  Check your disability list servs and make sure this info. has been distributed, if not, please post!  Forward this to at least 10 other people in the disability community.


I will be participating with GAO in the January 28th Community Participation Forum on Restraint and Seclusion in Macon from 10-2. Please participate in the forum with GAO below, webinars and/or the community participation forums and encourage others to do so as well. We need parents and other disability organizations involved, making public comment, participating in the forums and most importantly, being vocal and outspoken on this issue.  I have personally advocated for too many students who were severely harmed by restraint and seclusion.  Help me, help others.


School districts are organized.  Parents and the Advocacy Community need to get organized and vocal too, in order to combat school district and school district attorney input!  Even if this is not your issue or an issue that affects your child per se, please find out how you can help and give input. That is what these forums teach you.  Make the time!  Come see us!  We will help you!  You CAN make a difference in the life of a child!!!


Talk to your favorite disability organization today, and make sure they are also involved and participating!!  Spread the word!


Get details on how you can participate:


What Do I Need to Know?  (From the P2P weblink above….)

star4bulletChildren with disabilities are subjected to restraint and seclusion in schools more than children without disabilities.  The use of restraint and seclusion with students with disabilities is often for behaviors over which they have little or no control.

 star4bulletThere is no research that shows that the use of restraint or seclusion is beneficial for children.  In fact, "research confirms that physical restraint and seclusion are not therapeutic; nor are these practices effective means to calm or teach children, and may have an opposite effect while simultaneously decreasing a child's ability to learn."  (H.R.4247)


Thank you!!

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Carol Sadler, Special Education Consultant/Advocate
GA Advocacy Office PLSP I Graduate
1105 Rock Pointe Look
Woodstock, GA 30188

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"There is nothing more unequal than the equal treatment of unequal people." ---- Thomas Jefferson

“Refrain from Restraining, Secluding and Corporal Punishment” ---- Carol Sadler, Advocate


Information contained in this communication is confidential and privileged. It is not meant to represent legal or medical advice, but rather advice given based on my knowledge as a trained Parent Advocate by the GA Advocacy Office, Council of Parent Advocates & Attorneys, CHADD, LDA, the GA DOE Parent Mentor program as an invited guest and the special education attorneys that I often work with on educational matters. Please do not forward without my permission.


From: Leslie Lipson []
Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 7:49 PM
Subject: Your Webinar Invitation: Join us for "Georgia's Safe Schools Initiative"


Please try to join us as P2P hosts this presentation by Leslie Lipson of the Georgia Advocacy Office on restraint and seclusion in Georgia's schools. For
more information about this issue, please visit the Parent to Parent website


Georgia's Safe Schools Initiative
Join us for a Webinar on January 19
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This session will introduce the issue of restraint and seclusion and a proposed GDOE rule limiting their use in Georgia Schools. There will be an
explanation of the process for making public comment before the State BOE and tips on writing and submitting comment. The Safe Schools Initiative
website containing further info and community forum schedule will be introduced. Question/answer will be a part of this webinar.
*Title:*   Georgia's Safe Schools Initiative 

*Date:* Tuesday, January 19, 2010   *Time:* 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST    

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.   

*System Requirements*
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista  

Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer