Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Disability Bullying: Has Your Child Been a Target?

ADDitude Magazine, February 25, 2011

"Children with special needs, including invisible differences such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) and learning disabilities, are two to three times more likely to experience bullying than their typically developing peers, according to a new report released from AbilityPath.org, a nonprofit serving families and children With special needs.
Chances are that doesn’t surprise you. As the mother of a child with ADD/ADHD and comorbidities, it sure didn’t surprise me.
For me, reading the report, titled 'Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Bullying and the Child With Special Needs,' required a box of tissues and many calming deep breaths. It begins with the personal experiences of being bullied from several children with disabilities -- stories that are both heartbreaking and infuriating -- then goes on to cite research on the topic, and finishes with a plan of action for parents and schools." Read More

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