Students with Disabilities Disproportionately Secluded and Restrained

A Black student looks at the red double doors of the school entrance, with their back to the viewer.

According to 2020/2021 data released by the WI Department of Public Instruction, students with disabilities accounted for 84% of incidents of restraint (restricting or reducing the ability of a student to freely move parts of their body) and 85% of incidents of seclusion (isolating a student in a room or area they cannot leave).

Joanne Juhnke, DRW Advocacy Specialist in Special Education, explains these measures of last resort and what the new data means for students throughout Wisconsin in a recent interview with Wisconsin Public Radio.

Read “Elementary schoolers, students with disabilities disproportionately secluded and restrained” via WPR here.