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Bullying

AbilityPath.org interviewed experts, educators and parents regarding a silent epidemic facing children with special needs - bullying. The result was the report and guide, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Bullying and Special Needs. Read, Learn and share its important results and resources.
 
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In March 2011, AbilityPath released Walk a Miles in Their Shoes, a groundbreaking report raising awareness that bullying of children with special needs is one of the highest of any other subgroup.
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Over the course of several months, AbilityPath.org interviewed experts, educators and parents regarding this escalating issue facing children with special needs. It became apparent that the demographic most vulnerable to bullying also had the fewest resources.
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"Everyone makes a big deal about their children being bullied at school and it is a big deal. However, it is always the ‘normal’ children that you hear about."- Mother of an 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome
"Everyone makes a big deal about their children being bullied at school and it is a big deal. However, it is always the ‘normal’ children that you hear about."- Mother of an 11-year-old girl with Down syndrome
It sometimes takes a little detective work to find warning signs that your child is a victim of bullying.
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Cyberbulling becomes a parent's worst fear when Facebook and YouTube are used to bully children with special needs on the Internet.
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“They came in and helped everyone understand why a lot of these kids did the things that they did...All of a sudden, some of the bullies were saying, ‘Oh, OK. the bullying isn’t even fun anymore." - Parent Juliette Wallen
One critical tool available in the classroom is the Individualized Education Program or IEP to help children with disabilities.
Since 2005, the issue of bullying has become so important in the United States that 45 of the 50 states have passed laws against it; but few address bullying of children with special needs.
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Parents who have lived through the experiences of their children being bullied are often times the best experts. Their personal experiences, how they chose to manage the situation can be helpful for other parents in similar situations.
Across the nation, entire industries of consultants and businesses have developed with curriculums, workshops and pep talks to combat bullying in schools. Although well-intentioned, a new “war on bullying” will have limited success for the same reason our earlier “wars” have come up short.
Five easy steps you can take to disable bullying.
Here are a variety of resources for parents, teachers and professionals to disable bullying.
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