The Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR) was formed to raise awareness about the use of aversive practices including dangerous restraint and seclusion in classrooms in schools across our nation. The mission of the AASR is to raise awareness about the issue of seclusion and restraint. These practices disproportionately impact children with disabilities, minorities, and boys. Not only are these practices ineffective, but they can also lead to significant trauma, injury and even death. There are better ways to work with all children and educate them in the classrooms across our nation. This is a serious issue, a civil rights issue, and human rights issues.

Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint, Inc is a Maryland nonprofit corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178).  Contributions to Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint, Inc are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

AASR is a small dedicated volunteer group of parents and advocates. We are always looking for others to share their stories and help raise awareness on the issue.

Seclusion and restraint

Restraint and seclusion are crisis management strategies that are used in many schools across the nation and the world. Physical Restraint, is exactly what it sounds like, it is a personal restriction that immobilizes or reduces the ability of a student to move his or her torso, arms, legs or head freely. Seclusion is the involuntary confinement of a student alone in a room or area from which the student is physically prevented from leaving.

Our team

We are a small, but fierce, team of parents, advocates, educators, and other working to effect change, but we have a lot of work ahead of us. Our work would not be possible without the help of our amazing volunteers. Our volunteer team is dedicated to reducing and eliminating the use of restraint and seclusion in schools across the world.

Our mission

Restraint and seclusion, outdated crisis management techniques that are commonly used in schools across the nation and beyond, are disproportionately used on disabled and minority children. These interventions are dangerous and can lead to significant trauma and injuries to students, teachers, and staff. Some children have even died as a result of the use of restraint and seclusion.

Our Allies

We have the opportunity to collaborate with many amazing allies and partners. The listing here represent some of the many individuals and organizations who are allies in our work to reduce and eliminate the practices of restraint and seclusion. If you are an individual or organization that would like to work together please contact us.

Community Standards

The AASR social media platforms are intended to support a community that is interested in impacting positive change related to the use of restraint and seclusion in schools and supporting our mission, vision, and values. We recognize that our community is diverse and includes: parents, teachers, related professionals, administrators, self-advocates, attorneys, professional advocates, and others.

Together we can make a difference


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