ABC News: New Bill Aims to Protect Kids with Disabilities

Following last year's investigation that aired on “Nightline” and “World News With Diane Sawyer” - one that exposed how schools were using a wide array of injurious, and sometimes fatal methods to restrain behaviorally disabled children - ABC News is now reporting on Rep. George Miller's (D-Calif.), the senior Democrat on the committee, reintroduction of the Keeping All Students Safe Act:

Lawmakers re-introduced legislation Thursday aimed at protecting children with autism and other disabilities from being injured in American schools, saying they were hopeful that greater awareness of the dangers of improper use of restraints will give the bill a better chance of passage.

“Without Congressional action, children will continue to suffer from these abusive practices,” said Rep. George Miller of California, the senior Democrat on the House committee that sets education policy. “This legislation would make practices such as duct-tapping children to chairs or restricting a child’s breathing illegal. It makes it very clear that there is no room for torture and abuse in America’s schools.”

The Keeping All Students Safe Act would for the first time set minimum safety standards in the nation’s schools, similar to those protections already required at medical and community-based facilities. It would provide school personnel with the necessary tools, training, and support they need to ensure the safety of all students and school personnel. 

For more information on the bill, click here

Watch Rep. Miller’s remarks about the Keeping All Students Safe Act below: