Thursday, December 17, 2009

President Obama Picks Ari Ne'eman for Administration Post

We are pleased to announce that ASAN President Ari Ne'eman has been nominated by President Barack Obama for a position on the National Council on Disability.

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
December 16, 2009

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts, 12/16/09

WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key administration posts:

•Marie Collins Johns, Deputy Administrator, Small Business Administration
•Gwendolyn E. Boyd, Member, Board of Trustees of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation
•Jonathan M. Young, Chair, National Council on Disability
•Carol Jean Reynolds, Member, National Council on Disability
•Fernando Torres-Gil, Member, National Council on Disability
•Chester Alonzo Finn, Member, National Council on Disability
•Gary Blumenthal, Member, National Council on Disability
•Sara Gelser, Member, National Council on Disability
•Ari Ne'eman, Member, National Council on Disability
•Dongwoo Joseph "Joe" Pak, Member, National Council on Disability

President Obama said, “I am grateful that these fine individuals have chosen to serve in my administration. They will bring a depth of experience and valued perspective to their roles, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

Bios of the nominees are available through the above link.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Preventing Restraint and Seclusion in Schools

Seeking to protect children from dangerous restraint and seclusion in classrooms, U.S. Reps. George Miller (D-CA), the chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), a member of that committee and Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference, are introducing new bipartisan legislation in a press conference to be webcast live from the Education and Labor Committee website at at 11:00 AM EST on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office on the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion in classrooms shows that many students, including a disproportionate number of children with disabilities, have been injured and in some cases killed by these harmful practices. The federal government lacks policies to prevent the misuse of restraint and seclusion in schools, and many states also have failed to ensure adequate regulation and oversight.

ASAN is seeking volunteers to help with our advocacy of legislation to protect students against school abuse. To volunteer, please write to with the subject line "Restraint and seclusion" in your email.