In the News - 2012 Archives
DLC Investigation Finds Group Home Failed to Follow Policies and Procedures Following Resident's Seizure.
Alaska - The Disability Law Center (DLC) investigation reveals that a group home failed to follow its policies and procedures when a resident had a seizure. DLC also determined needed information about the resident was not available to the LPN, in charge during the seizure. Additionally, the group home's own investigation was flawed. The following report details DLC's investigation, findings and recommendations. Click here to see the full report.
DLC Investigation Finds Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion for Student with Disability at Anchorage School
ALASKA - The Disability Law Center investigation reveals that a student with ADHD was inappropriately placed in seclusion - a room by himself outside of the learning environment - sometimes as soon as he arrived at school. The following report details DLC's investigation, findings and recommendations. Click here to see the full report.
DLC Investigation Finds Inadequate Investigation by Anchorage School District Following Allegation of Inappropriate Touching of Students with Developmental Disabilities by School Staff
ALASKA – The Disability Law Center investigated whether two students who experience disabilities had been inappropriately touched by the same teacher assistant, at a school within the Anchorage School District. DLC found that District staff failed to conduct a thorough investigation of the incidents. DLC’s findings and recommendations are included in the following report. Click here to see the full report.
DLC Investigation Finds District Staff Inappropriately Attempted to Interview Sexual Assault Victim with Developmental Disabilities
ALASKA – The Disability Law Center investigated whether the Anchorage School District attempted to interview a student with developmental disabilities who was an alleged sexual assault victim, after she had already been interviewed by other trained professionals and the Anchorage Police Department. The alleged sexual assault occurred on school property, and involved another student who also experiences disabilities. DLC also learned that District staff failed to make a report to the Office of Children’s Services (OCS) as required by law. The following report outlines DLC’s investigation, findings and recommendations to the District. Click here for the full report.
Death at Spring Creek Correctional Center Investigated
March 14, 2012
ALASKA - On September 7, 2011, The Disability Law Center (DLC) received a complaint alleging abuse or neglect concerning a lack of medical care provided to an offender that may have resulted in his death on August 31, 2011. As a result of its investigation, DLC found that the offender’s mental illness diagnosis may have contributed to his not receiving prompt or appropriate medical care. DLC also found that the lack of communication between DOC employees in regard to the offender’s medical condition, as well as the lack of 24 hour available medical care, may also have contributed to his death. Click here for the full report.
NDRN: Department of ED Must Do More to Stop Restraint and Seclusion of School Children
March 6, 2012
WASHINGTON – In a new report released today, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) called on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to do more to reduce and prevent the use of restraint and seclusion on school children.
“ED has not provided any meaningful leadership to reduce the use of restraint and seclusion − despite the fact that students are continuing to be confined, tied up, pinned down, battered and nearly killed on a regular basis,” said NDRN executive director Curt Decker.
This report is the third in a series of reports on restraint and seclusion by NDRN called School Is Not Supposed to Hurt. The first two reports were issued in 2009 and 2010. Many others, including the Government Accountability Office, have reported on deaths and injuries resulting from the use of restraint and seclusion in schools.
“The examples in our report from Connecticut about scream rooms, and Kentucky where a boy was stuffed in a duffel bag, show the need for ED to take positive and strong actions,” continued Decker. “NDRN calls upon ED to take a stand and protect our school children by following the concrete suggestions proposed in this report.” Click here to download a PDF of the full 48-page report.
Investigation Uncovers Widespread Use of Seclusion in Two Anchorage Elementary Schools
January 26, 2012
ALASKA - The Disability Law Center initiated an investigation after receiving a complaint that a student with disabilities was placed in seclusion while at school for behaviors related to his disability. DLC’s investigation uncovered systemic use of seclusion in Anchorage schools and differing definitions of what constitutes seclusion among staff members and administrators. The following report details DLC’s investigation and findings and the District’s actions as a result of the investigation. Click here for the full report.
- Following conclusion of its investigation and the initial writing of this report, DLC was notified by the Anchorage School District that the “School Board Policy Committee” had recommended to the School Board certain changes to the Board’s existing policy on “Corporal Punishment,” as well as a new section specifically addressing restraint and seclusion. The new version of the policy with those changes is available here as an addendum to the original report.