Autism Society Holds Successful Day on the Hill

By Autism Society of America staff

Autism Society of America holds successful Day on the Hill!

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We were delighted to have representatives from over 35 affiliates for our annual Day on the Hill and the winter meeting of the Society Assembly in Washington, DC. The energy and dedication of those attending was very strong. This year, we used time on Capitol Hill to expand our national advocacy efforts related to passage of a strong Restraint and Seclusion Bill and making viable and forward-thinking changes to the Combating Autism Act (approaching its three year authorization). What we hear from the federal legislators we work with is that we are being heard and are viewed as an effective non-biased organization that demonstrates our mission of helping improve the lives of all affected by autism. We are currently working with Senator Harkin’s office to address issues of restraint and seclusion in public schools through new federal legislation. Learn more about how you can get involved below!

Take Action to Keep All Students Safe at School!

On Monday, February 24, Senator Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act. We need all supporters of this critical legislation to act now to urge members of the U.S. Senate to co-sponsor this bill.

Contact your senator at http://stophurtingkids.com/take-action/contact-congress/

The use of restraint and seclusion in schools is a pervasive, nationwide problem. According to the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, the use of these dangerous practices is highest among children with disabilities and is disproportionately used on students of color.

Federal legislation is essential to provide all children in the U.S. with equal protection from these dangerous techniques that have resulted in serious injury, trauma, and even death.

Please act now! Contact your senators (http://stophurtingkids.com/take-action/contact-congress/) and tell them to co-sponsor the Keeping All Students Safe Act (S 2036). Your effort will help ensure the safety of all students against these harmful practices.

You can view the bill at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/2036.