Education Law Resource Center

Physical Restraints
Special Education
Prevention Project

Restraint Prevention Project

The Education Law Resource Center sponsors the Restraint Prevention Project which provides funds to help offset the costs for educators and other professionals to attend training programs about behavior management and physical restraints. The program is open to anyone working in a public or private school that is responsible for addressing student behavior in school, including classroom teachers.

A percentage of the profits from the book Preventing Physical Restraints in Schools fund the project.  The goal of the project is to reduce or eliminate the use of physical restraints in schools through training in de-escalation techniques and other methods of addressing behavior. The project also seeks to help ensure that if restraints are performed, they are performed properly by trained staff in order to protect the safety of students and staff.

A volunteer Selection Committee of school superintendents, special education directors, school psychologists, counselors, parents and advocates, selects the applicants who will receive funding. It is a competitive process. Applicants provide information about the training program they want to attend and explain why the Project should provide them with funds for the training program. The Selection Committee chooses the applicants who will receive funding based on a number of factors that are explained in the Application for Funds.

To date, the project has been able to fund applications for a number of schools to send educators to training programs that they otherwise would not have been able to attend and that enabled them to return to the school and train others.

In the past, funds have been  awarded twice a year. The upcoming application deadlines have not yet been determined and will be posted on this website as soon as they are determined. If you would like to be notified the new deadlines are in place   please email us.



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