Trauma Informed Approach for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Posted September 28, 2017

Human trafficking.  It’s a term we’ve all heard, but really don’t want to talk about.  In recent years, the concept of human trafficking has shifted from being seen as an international human rights issue to something that is not only happening within the US, but right inside of our schools. Recently, we hosted a webinar […]

Shining A Spotlight: Interview with Julie Arnold

Posted August 9, 2017

Julie Arnold, Jack and his younger brother.

As part of our efforts to share information and help support the elimination of restraints and seclusions, we want to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations driving change. This month, we are speaking with Julie Arnold, the mother of 18-year old Jack. Julie is a believer in reducing restraints and seclusion and a fierce advocate for […]

Protecting Our Children: A Lesson in Restraint

Posted July 30, 2017

Looking at the world today, it may seem as though our differences outweigh our similarities. But there is one fundamental commonalty that binds nearly everyone: our desire to nurture and protect the youngest and most vulnerable among us. Sadly, there are other, far more unfortunate parallels that exist throughout the world – the overuse of […]

Shining a Spotlight: Speaking with Veronica Federiconi of Autism Services

Posted March 12, 2017

As part of our efforts to share information and help support the elimination of restraints and seclusions, we want to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations driving change. In this post, we are speaking with Veronica Federiconi, CEO of Autism Services, the only agency in Western New York that solely serves people with Autism. Veronica was […]

The Golden Rule

Posted March 10, 2017

“There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is my kindness.” – Dalai Lama On a regular basis, someone will turn to me and proudly say, “I haven’t used Ukeru in months!” What they mean by this is: they haven’t had to […]

The Movement is Growing

Posted January 31, 2017

This blog was authored by Kim Sanders, Ukeru Systems’ President In mid December, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights issued a report,Securing Equal Educational Opportunity, citing a significant increase in complaints involving the restraint and seclusion of children with disabilities. According to this report, the overall number of complaints filed in 2015 soared […]

Shining a Spotlight: Speaking with Mother & Advocate Rhonda Richardson

Posted January 30, 2017

As part of our efforts to share information and help support the elimination of restraints and seclusions, we want to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations driving change. This month, we are speaking with Rhonda Richardson, the mother of an adult son with autism. Rhonda is a believer in reducing restraints and seclusion and a […]

Shining a Spotlight: Speaking with 10-year-old Alex Campbell

Posted September 12, 2016

As part of our efforts to share information and help support the elimination of restraints and seclusions, we want to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations driving change. In this post, we share a particularly compelling story – that of Alex Campbell, a young man who experienced first hand the effects of restraints and seclusion. […]

We Know Better

Posted September 12, 2016

This blog was authored by Kim Sanders, Ukeru Systems’ President I began working in behavioral healthcare in 1989, as a 19 year old. Looking back now, it takes my breath away that such a young person would have that kind of responsibility. It similarly takes my breath away to think about the archaic and ineffective […]

FDA Ban on Electrical Stimulation Devices

Posted June 12, 2016

This blog was authored by Kim Sanders, Ukeru Systems’ President In the history of our nation, we have disturbing examples of inhuman treatment conducted in the name of public health. Some of the most egregious examples involve controlling the behavior of those with mental and physical challenges. One such technique that, to date, has been […]

Shining a Spotlight: Speaking with Jennifer Burns from Altapointe Health Systems

Posted June 10, 2016

As part of our efforts to share information and help support a vision of eliminating restraints and seclusions, we want to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations making strides toward a trauma informed, person centered environment. Jennifer Burns, LeMoyne School Day Coordinator at Altapointe Health Systems, Alabama’s largest, regional community behavioral health provider, exemplifies this spirit. Q: Did […]

Spotlight interview: Speaking with an Autism Specialist Working with Elementary and Middle School Students

Posted March 12, 2016

As part of our efforts to share information and help support the elimination of restraints and seclusions, we want to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations driving change. In this issue. To ensure confidentiality in this post, we are not using the name or any other identifying information related to our interviewee. Q: Have you […]

Where is the Compassion for Children?

Posted March 10, 2016

This post was authored by Kim Sanders, Ukeru Systems’ President Recently, a video popped up on my Facebook feed that was utterly heart wrenching: a home care giver was pushing, kicking and pulling the hair of a frail 94-year-old woman suffering from Alzheimer’s. This was so disturbing to watch that I found myself unable to get through […]

Spotlight Interview: Mark Gleason, Chief Operating Officer, Northwestern Community Services

Posted December 12, 2015

As part of our efforts to share information and help support a vision of eliminating restraints and seclusions, we want to shine a spotlight on individuals and organizations making strides toward a trauma informed, person centered environment. Mark Gleason, Chief Operating Officer of Northwestern Community Services, exemplifies this spirit. As a nearly 30 year veteran in behavioral healthcare, he […]

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