New Bill Aims to Protect Kids with Disabilities

Federal 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.

An ABC News report quotes Rep. George Miller of California, the senior Democrat on the House committee that sets education policy, who said “Without Congressional action, children will continue to suffer from these abusive practices“ 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.” Read more from ABC News

Autism Speaks President Liz Feld commented, "We have all seen the horrible videos of abuse and violence against the most vulnerable members of society: disabled children. We will continue to stand up for the rights of those who cannot speak for themselves."

See tips on Recognizing and Preventing Abuse, part the Autism Speaks Autism Safety Project.