On Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., ABLE NH will host a free screening of Restraints and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, a new documentary by Dan Habib, Filmmaker at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. The film will be shown in Peterborough at the Unitarian Universal Church, 25 Main Street. Click here for an event flyer.

In the film, Jino Medina, Brianna Hammon, and Peyton Goddard describe the restraint and seclusion they experienced while students in public schools and the devastating physical and emotional injuries they suffered as a result. Carolyn Medina and Wil Beaudoin describe how the restraint and seclusion their children endured had an impact on them as parents.

The film (27 minutes) was produced through a partnership of the National Center on Trauma Informed Care, TASH, and the UNH Institute on Disability’s National Center on Inclusive Education. Support for this film comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

After the screening, ABLE NH will lead a discussion on the practice of seclusion and restraints, its effect on students and their families, teachers, school staff, and on the community at large.

“Many schools in our local community are shining examples of how supports can be applied without the practice of restraints or seclusion. Many schools are working toward changing their practices, and a few schools have not addressed the issue at all. Ultimately when our children are educated in a school where they feel safe and where they can learn and grow, the tax payer benefits. Students require less support, and long term care costs are reduced. Unfortunately there is much to be done to make all of our schools safe for every child.” says Linda Quintanilha, President of ABLE NH.

ABLE NH is a growing, grassroots, member-driven community organization led by people with disabilities and their families working to impact policies and institutions for the greater common good.