May 29, 2013

National Down Syndrome Congress

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Stop Hurting Kids Campaign
Capitol Building 
National Down Syndrome Congress
30 Mansell Court
Suite 108
Roswell, GA 30076

NDSC Day on the Hill   

Stop Hurting Kids is a National Campaign to End Restraint and Seclusion Abuse in Schools


National Down Syndrome Congress has teamed up with other advocacy, disability, social justice and mental health organizations to launch Stop Hurting Kids, the national campaign to end restraint and seclusion abuse in schools. The campaign kicks off this Thursday, May 30, in Washington, D.C., with a special film screening.


Stop Hurting Kids seeks to spark a public dialogue about the dangers of restraint and seclusion practices, and gain support for the adoption of practices and policies that maintain a learning environment free from the threat of these abuses. The campaign promotes resources for safe and effective alternatives, and calls upon parents, educators, policy makers and advocates to take action.


The film screening on May 30 will feature Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories, the latest documentary from filmmaker Dan Habib (Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?). It will also include special guests Michael Yudin of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, and Larke Huang of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. You can participate in this event either in person or virtually over the Internet.


Film Screening and Campaign Kick Off

Thursday, May 30, 2013

5-6:30 p.m. ET

National Youth Transition Center

2013 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006


To participate over the Internet, see the access instructions at the campaign website, http://stophurtingkids.com 


We encourage you to visit http://stophurtingkids.com, sign up to join the campaign and help us spread the word by sharing information with your friends, colleagues and social networks!  


You can find the campaign on Twitter at


and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/stophurtingkids


We look forward to sharing additional details in the coming weeks. Please help us spread the word about this important campaign!

If you have questions, contact susan@ndsccenter.org