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Action Alert: Contact Congress to Help Stop Restraint & Seclusion

A young girl holds a protest sign that says "I am not a puzzle - I am a person"Every student deserves to learn and grow in a safe, supportive environment, yet each day students across the U.S. continue to be subjected to restraint and seclusion abuse. We can do more to protect students with disabilities, and we can start by advocating for federal policy that puts an end to restraint and seclusion abuse.

As a partner organization of the Stop Hurting Kids campaign, The National Council on Independent Living is asking you to contact your congressperson in the U.S. House of Representatives with a simple message: stop hurting students. It takes just minutes to make a difference, and you can do it right from the Stop Hurting Kids campaign website at stophurtingkids.com.

We’re reaching out to members of the House because H.R. 1893, known as the Keeping All Students Safe Act, has already been introduced, and has a chance of being included as an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. All it takes is for Congress to vote “yes” to include this amendment, and the provisions outlined in the bill will be included in the House’s version of ESEA. 

What You Can Do …

Contact your member of Congress to urge them to vote yes to include the Keeping All Students Safe Act as an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. You can visit the Stop Hurting Kids website or send a message from the campaign’s Facebook page at stophurtingkids.com/fbcongress.

A sample message is included at the Stop Hurting Kids website, along with additional information about H.R. 1893, the Keeping All Students Safe Act, and other resources.

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