Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (working title) is a new film by Dan Habib, Filmmaker at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, and creator of the films Including Samuel and Who Cares About Kelsey?
In the film, Jino Medina, Brianna Hammond, Helena Stephenson 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 results.
“I was eight years old when they put me in a room built with a wooden chair bolted to the floor,” Brianna Hammond says in the film. “She locked us in there…I was so traumatized.”
Carolyn Medina and Wil Beaudoin describe how the restraint and seclusion their children endured had an impact on them as parents.
“We learned the hard way and that’s hard to deal with,” Caroly Medina says, “But we can also improve and correct the problem and hopefully have a better future.”
The film was filmed at the 2012 TASH Summit in Long Beach, CA, and was produced through a partnership of the National Center on Trauma Informed Care, TASH and the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability. Support for this film comes from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The film (which is 28 minutes long) and corollary materials will be made freely available to the general public through the website StopHurtingKids.com and other media for a variety of training, professional development and public awareness purposes.