Guy Stephens

Guy Stephens PDA North America Board Member

Guy is the founder and executive director of the Alliance Against Seclusion and Restraint (AASR), a nonprofit organization he started in 2019. AASR is a community of over 25,000 parents, self-advocates, teachers, school administrators, paraprofessionals, attorneys, related service providers, and others working together to influence change in supporting children whose behaviors are often misunderstood. 

He is considered a national expert on the issue of restraint and seclusion. Guy has presented at conferences and events across North America and has provided guest lectures for undergraduate and graduate courses. He is currently the vice president of the board of directors for the Arc of Maryland and on the board of directors for PDA North America. He is also the host of the AASR Live podcast, a biweekly video podcast started in 2020. He lives in Southern Maryland with his wife and two amazing children. His journey in advocacy began as a parent, advocating for appropriate accommodations and support for his neurodivergent son. Guy believes that we can do better for all children and adults; if we can, we must. He also understand that we must embrace neurodiversity and neuroscience to create safe and inclusive environments to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all.