This article highlights the importance of the Whole School Approach to bullying in dealing with disablist bullying, and includes recommendations and suggestions both for the school at large and for specific students on the autism spectrum who are potential victims of bullying,
The Anti Bullying Alliance went to speak to disabled young people and asked them about what they think schools could do to prevent and respond to bullying of disabled children and young people and those with SEN. This is what they told them. In this clip we hear what key words the young people thought should be used to stop this type of bullying.
Peer advocacy is a program centered around inclusion and designed to educate students on speaking out on behalf of students with intellectual, developmental, or other disabilities. It is is a unique approach that empowers students to protect those targeted by bullying and to provide social inclusion opportunities. In this article from Pacer, Anna, a Sophomore in College recalls her time in the Peer Advocacy programme and how it has impacted on her life.
Easy Read Guide from the National Safeguarding Committee of the Health & Safety Executive in Ireland working with people who are over the age of 18, who may be at risk of abuse. It outlines the various forms of abuse, what their rights are, encouraging them on actions they should take and who to contact.
This easy read guide from ARC in the UK is for people with a learning disability, families and supporters. It is a booklet for people to share and go through together and talk about. This booklet talks about a type of Disability Hate Crime called ‘Mate Crime’ – which means that sometimes friends are fakes. This booklet tells you what to look out for and what to do if a ‘Mate Crime’ happens to you or someone you know. All Disability Hate Crime is wrong and we want to stop it
This Easy Read Guide from the Home Office in the UK is a guide to Disability Hate Crime and how to Report it. An excellent template for people seeing to create a similar document for use in their own country, it is also an excellent basic source of information covering items such as: Individual's Rights, What Disability Hate Crime and Bullying is. How to go about Reporting it. Staying Strong.
The nature of bullying and the proliferation of bully prevention programs for schools is well-documented. Research indicates that the most effective programs are those that are implemented school-wide. Forty-nine states have passed some type of legislation that deals with bully-prevention in schools. Clearly, schools throughout the country are developing and implementing school-wide bullying prevention programs. Yet students continue to be bullied at an alarming rate, with some studies citing figures in excess of 50% (Rose, Monda-Amaya & Espelage, 2001; McNamara, 2013). Students who engage in bullying select those students who are the most vulnerable, including those with special needs. One issue about school-wide programs is that they are frequently inaccessible to all students. Therefore, students with disabilities may never be taught how to deal with bullying. This article provides recommendations that enable schools to modify their school-wide programs so that all students can feel safe in school, including those with special needs.
Despite reports that people with learning disabilities (PWLD) are more vulnerable to being bullied than the non-LD population, there is a paucity of research into bullying of PWLD. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 adults with LD, using bullying vignettes, to explore how PWLD understand bullying; their knowledge of coping strategies for dealing with bullying; and what PWLD understand the consequences of bullying to be. Interview data was analysed using thematic analysis and categorised into four super-ordinate themes; Bullying is a bad thing; Reasons for the bullying; Coping strategies; and Consequences of own bullying experiences. The findings are discussed in relation to attribution theory (Heider, 1958) and socio-moral reasoning theory (Gibbs, 1979; 2003). Recommendations for clinicians working with PWLD involved in bullying are made; including considering the application of the concept of the “provocative-victim” (Sheard, Clegg, Standen, & Cromby, 2001); exploring how individual’s understanding of bullying experiences in terms of attributions made and socio-moral reasoning; exploring coping strategies and addressing aggressive or avoidance-based strategies, and consequences of bullying such as social and psychological problems. Recommendations are made for future research with larger, more representative samples.
Bullying, disablism, harassment, abuse, mobbing - these are all terms used for actions and words that hurt and belittle other people. Bullying is reported to occur everywhere, but appears to be more often experienced by people with disability (Christensen et al. 2012; McGrath et al, 2010). Up to two-thirds of people with intellectual disability have been bullied at some time, both as children and as adults. People with intellectual disability are sometimes the ones doing the bullying.