CLEMSON — The abuse of physical restraint and seclusion procedures in schools is the focus of Clemson University’s latest Policy Matters webcast.

Joseph Ryan, a professor of special education in Clemson’s Eugene T. Moore School of Education, leads a national panel discussion of why these procedures are being used in schools and provides policy recommendations to help schools avoid future litigation and promote student success.

Panel members include Reece Peterson of the University of Nebraska; Daniel Stewart, an attorney with the Minnesota Disability Law Center; and Bill Lichtenstein, the parent of an abused child. The program discusses the importance of developing policies that protect students from the inappropriate use of seclusion and restraint.

“In this episode, we gain awareness of the abuse of such procedures and a full understanding of what these methods are and their impact on students with and without disabilities,” said Marty Duckenfield, associate producer at Clemson Broadcast Productions who is helping develop the Policy Matters webcasts.

The episode is the second for Policy Matters, which is produced by ClemsonTV, the Eugene T. Moore School of Education and Clemson’s College of Health, Education and Human Development. The episodes are available on ClemsonTV as well as the Policy Matters website. Accompanying resources are available with each episode.