Shouldn’t School be Safe? Preventing and Eliminating the Use of Aversives, Restraint, and Seclusion

Many students with disabilities continue to be subjected to the use of restraint, seclusion, and other aversives as part of their education and behavior intervention plans. Many of our schools have not yet “gotten the word” that these techniques are inherently unsafe and can result in serious injury, psychological trauma, and even death. This presentation will help parents, advocates, and teachers understand how to work together to eliminate these dangerous and counterproductive techniques.

Pat Amos, MA

Pat Amos is a parent and has been an advocate for people with disabilities and their families for over 25 years. She currently works as an Inclusion Specialist with the Youth Advocate Program’s Autism Institute. Her longstanding involvement in preventing restraint and seclusion includes working with the national Alliance for the Prevention of Restraint, Aversive Interventions, and Seclusion (APRAIS), and the Family Alliance to Stop Abuse and Neglect. She sits on several major Autism committees.