Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Improper use of physical restraint on autistic students in Australia

There was a story on the current affairs TV show 7.30 tonight about the improper use of physical restraint on autistic students in some Australian schools. The story is available to view on the website of the program. It's shocking. These practices are against guidelines and could potentially result in a death. This problem is particularly acute in autistic children who cannot speak, when the school does not notify parents about what has happened to the autistic student during their school day. No parent should ever have to find out about this stuff by finding bruises and cuts on their child. Some parents are considering charges of assault, and a number of Australian professionial associations are concerned about the current situation.

"Hidden Shame"
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 17/05/2011
Reporter: Mary Gearin

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