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 Scared & Secluded

Hello,

We have just been informed that H.R. 4247, the Preventing Harmful Restraint
and Seclusion in Schools Act is going to be marked up by the House Education
and Labor Committee this coming Thursday*. *In order to avoid amendments to
the legislation that could potentially weaken the bill’s ability to protect
students, it is important we send a clear message to Congress to pass H.R.
4247 and to keep it strong. *This is a crucial period for the legislation
and we’re urging all of you to call your Representatives before Thursday to
tell them to co-sponsor and support the bill.**

*WHAT YOU CAN DO:*

Call your Congressional representative to co-sponsor *H.R. 4247*.  Encourage
your friends, family, and coworkers to participate too!

  – To find out the names of your Representative, visit
  http://www.congress.org/ and type in your zip code.
  – The names of your Representatives will be located on the left side of
  the page *under President & Congress*.
  – Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak to your
  representative. You can provide them with your zip code if you do not know
  his or her name.
  – Identify yourself as a constituent and the organization that you
  represent (if any).
  – If you have a restraint and seclusion story, please give them some of
  the details so they understand why these bills are so important.

*Message:*

*For your Representative:* “I am calling to urge (your Representative) to
cosponsor HR 4247, legislation preventing harmful use of restraint and
seclusion in schools. HR 4247 is being marked up this Thursday, and your
support can help make sure it passes and remains strong. Currently,
seventeen states have no protections whatsoever against the use of harmful
restraint and seclusion in schools. HR 4247 would create a basic floor of
protection and fund teacher training to protect children and keep our
schools safe.”

Thank you for your efforts and please keep up the good work! Nothing About
Us, Without Us!

Regards,
Ari Ne’eman
President
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
http://www.autisticadvocacy.org
info@autisticadvocacy.org
(202) 596-1056

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