Education – Restraint & Seclusion Briefing

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), TASH, and The Alliance to Prevent Restraint, Aversive Interventions and Seclusion (APRAIS), in conjunction with the Congressional Black Caucus Education & Labor Taskforce, sponsored a congressional briefing on June 24 on the detrimental effects of restraint and seclusion in schools. Filmmaker Dan Habib shared an excerpt from his film, Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories.  Panelists described their personal experiences with restraint and seclusion and voiced their support for the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S.2036 / H.R. 1893), bills introduced by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) to set minimum federal standards.  These bills would ensure that children in all states are given equal protection from dangerous practices and create a cultural shift toward preventive, positive intervention strategies.  This event kicked off a series of meetings with Congressional offices, in which The Arc is participating, in support of the bills.  To learn more and view the complete film, please visit Stop Hurting Kids.

(Info from Capital Insider Newsletter 6-30-14)

Autism – CARES Act Passed by House of Representatives, Action Pending in Senate

On June 24, the House passed a bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act – now renamed the Autism CARES Act (H.R.4631) – by voice vote. The bill was brought up on the suspension calendar, meaning no floor debates or amendments. The Senate bill (S.2449), was passed by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee the next day.  It is expected to be considered by the full Senate in early July.  This legislation extends research, surveillance, public awareness, and professional training activities for an additional five years.  The Arc strongly supports the CARES Act. Learn more about these efforts at

(Info from capital Insider Newsletter 6-30-14)

Employment First and You – A Discussion for Self-Advocates

Employment First and You – A Discussion for Self-Advocates
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
4:00 – 6:00 PM

Center of Hope Foundation, 100 Foster Street, Southbridge, MA  01550

Guest Speaker
Susan Banks, Community Systems Director
Central/West Regional Office Department of Developmental Services

Employment First
Changes for Sheltered Workshop Employees
How These Changes Impact You