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A video shows a healthy 15-year-old going into her bedroom at a for-profit AdvoServ facility. Thirty-two minutes later, she had no pulse. Nobody’s saying what happened.
After unannounced inspections revealed deficiencies, Maryland stopped placing young people at Delaware facilities owned by AdvoServ.
The 15-year-old was a resident at a Delaware facility owned by AdvoServ, which has faced decades of reports of abuse.
After years of reports of abusive treatment, Florida is moving residents out of Carlton Palms.
The government questions whether The Judge Rotenberg Center has been straight with families about the risks of its electrical shock devices and alternative treatments.
Florida legislators are looking to end a “monopoly” written into state law that benefits AdvoServ, a for-profit company with a history of abuse at its facilities for disabled residents.
Some residential programs for kids have settled on better ways to handle children. But the best practices are almost entirely self-imposed.
It took one mother seven years to learn that the for-profit school she trusted with her son had strapped him down again and again, one time after not picking up his Legos.
While evidence of abuse of the disabled has piled up for decades, one for-profit company has used its deep pockets and influence to bully weak regulators and evade accountability
It’s the latest in a national trend to reduce restraints of school kids.
Amid recent calls for reform, New York City’s Department of Education is introducing new restrictions on suspending and restraining kids in city schools.
A new state report found one public school student was restrained more than 700 times in one year.
Many schools in the state still have no policies or rules around pinning kids down.
Under new rules, Massachusetts schools will not be allowed to use certain techniques to restrain or isolate students as frequently and will have to report all restraints and injuries.
New York City kids make up the vast majority of the students at Massachusetts’ infamous Judge Rotenberg Center, and keep getting sent there despite repeated evidence of abuse.
All school districts in the country are required to tell the federal government how many times kids have been restrained in their schools. But some districts aren't following through.
Investigators found that children were being regularly pinned down or isolated and that their education was suffering as a result.
Republicans say it is a matter of states' rights.
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Many states have little regulation or oversight of such practices. This map shows where your state stands.
A Minnesota Department of Education report shows these three common restraints. So-called prone restraints are known to restrict breathing and can be lethal to children. About half of states don’t have a law prohibiting public schools from using such restraints.
Carson Luke, a young boy with autism, shattered bones in his hand and foot after educators grabbed him and tried to shut him into a “scream room.” Kids across the country risked similar harm at least 267,000 times in just one school year.
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