Wednesday, August 26, 2015

When Back-to-School Means Back to Being Scared for Kids With Disabilities

The Blog (Huff Post), August 11, 2015

"Typically going back to school means seeing old friends and making new connections, and while most kids are nervous about going back to school, some kids are actually terrified.

Research suggests that between 150,000-200,000 students are bullied in our schools every day. Many school systems have even added hotlines and 'Student Resource Officers' (SRO's) who can help identify and prevent bullying. Still bullying happens, and statistics show that students with disabilities are more at risk. In fact, anyone who looks different, acts different, or believes something different from whatever is the local cultural norm is a target.

Not only do students with disabilities sometimes look different from non-disabled peers, but students with certain disabilities like dyslexia or dysgraphia also learn differently, and students who learn differently often receive additional resources or extra help which can bring unwanted attention from potential bullies." Read More

The Governor’s Prevention Partnership’s All Abilities Alliance program supports youth with disabilities who may be bullied in school. To learn more about how it may be implemented in your community, click here

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