Disability Law Colorado
What We Do...
Civil rights advocacy for people with disabilities and older people in Colorado. People maintain their housing, employment and freedom. Protection from abuse/neglect, seclusion/restraint.
In the details...
Disability Law Colorado received a phone call alleging that a student with disabilities had been duct taped to his wheelchair by his teacher.
We interviewed school district personnel, including the teacher, and the student’s legal guardians.
The teacher used the duct tape to tie the student’s right arm to his wheelchair because he was gagging himself with his fingers. The teacher was overwhelmed, and felt she had no other choice but to use this form of restraint. She also said that she inadvertently left the duct tape on the student’s arm when she placed him on the school bus that day to go home.
Disability Law Colorado concluded that the use of duct tape was a mechanical restraint and its use violated the Colorado Department of Education’s Rules for the Administration of the Protection of Persons from Restraint Act.
Disability Law Colorado recommended that the school district ensure that all staff utilizing restraints in schools are trained at least every two years.
Make An Impact...
Provide books on special education law to two families so that they can advocate on behalf of their child with disabilities.
Provide short-term advocacy assistance for people with disabilities and/or their families.
Provide training to teachers and school personnel on the law on the use of seclusion and restraint in schools.