National and DC-based data demonstrates that students with disabilities are more likely to be suspended, expelled, or involved with the juvenile justice system then their non-disabled peers. This disproportionality calls for practices that support the social and educational needs of all youth. Restorative Justice can be used to support educating youth, regardless of their social, emotional, physical, or intellectual abilities. Students with disabilities and trauma are a significant part of school populations and are disproportionately represented in school discipline cases. Even where there is no formal diagnosis, these students have varying capacities for sustained attention, social awareness, intellectual cognition, emotional regulation, memory, and expressive and receptive language. The January Community of Practice will be an opportunity for school staff, RJ practitioners, and community partners to explore the intersection of restorative justice and special education and how restorative justice practices can be utilized to support students with disabilities and their families, create inclusive school environments, and address the gap between students with disabilities and their peers receiving extreme disciplinary action.
Please view all dates, topics, locations, and registration links on OSSE’s Restorative Justice resource page.
For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at [email protected].