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MDE Prone Restraint Workgroup Begins Work

The Minnesota Department of Education currently is forming its Prone Restraint Stakeholder Group to develop a plan by Feb. 1, 2013 to reduce the use of all restrictive procedures in schools and to “significantly reduce” the use of prone restraint. The Autism Society of Minnesota has been invited to participate in four all-day sessions of this stakeholder group, which is scheduled to begin in September. The Minnesota Department of Education is required to include in their stakeholder group representatives from advocacy organizations, special education directors, intermediate school districts, school boards, day treatment providers, state human services department staff, mental health professionals, and autism experts. To read more about AuSM’s position on prone restraint, click here.

Impact to Individuals/Families with ASD
In a February 2012 report released by The Minnesota Department of Education, children with ASD were represented in 38% of incidents of use, which makes them the second highest population on which prone restraint is used. If used improperly, prone restraint can result in injury and even death.

What You Can Do
If your child has experienced prone restraint use in school, AuSM would like to know more about your child and your family’s experience. Please contact Kim Kang, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to share your concerns so they can be shared in the MDE Prone Restraint Stakeholder Group.