Skip to Full Menu

Providing information, education, and training to build knowledge, develop skills, and change attitudes that will lead to increased independence, productivity, self determination, integration and inclusion (IPSII) for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

State Education Board Reviews New Restraint And Seclusion Limits
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 17, 2006

TOPEKA, KANSAS--Kansas lawmakers have passed a new law which limits schools' ability to physically restrain students with disabilities and isolate them from their classmates.

The law reportedly limits the use of restraints and seclusion to those times when a child's behavior puts that child or others in danger. It also regulates the size of rooms where students can be secluded, and requires supervision for them at all times when they are placed in seclusion rooms.

Members of the Kansas State Board of Education reviewed the law last Tuesday to come up with proposed regulations to support the changes.

Rocky Nichols, executive director of the Disability Rights Center, said: "We have kids who have been sat on by gym teachers. Their arms have been duct-taped together as a form of restraint. They've been rolled up in gym mats. They've been placed in little boxes."

Kansas joins an increasing number of states that have developed rules to restrict the use of restraints on people with disabilities.

"State education board considers restraints for special ed students" (Lawrence Journal-World)
"Plan would limit restraining disruptive students" (Topeka Capital-Journal)


©2016 The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities
 370 Centennial Office Building  658 Cedar Street   St. Paul, Minnesota 55155 
Phone: 651.296.4018   Toll-free number: 877.348.0505   MN Relay Service: 800.627.3529 OR 711   Fax: 651.297.7200 
Email:   View Privacy Policy   An Equal Opportunity Employer 

The GCDD is funded under the provisions of P.L. 106-402. The federal law also provides funding to the Minnesota Disability Law Center,the state Protection and Advocacy System, and to the Institute on Community Integration, the state University Center for Excellence. The Minnesota network of programs works to increase the IPSII of people with developmental disabilities and families into community life.