Vulnerable Targets: Students with Disabilities and Bullying By Janet Vohs, Director of Publications
Massachusetts Parent Information & Resource Center (PIRC)
Once considered “just part of growing up,” today bullying is seen for what it is - cruelty that can be devastating for any child. Studies have shown that children who are bullied are more likely to suffer emotional distress, such as anxiety and depression, as well as do poorly in school. Furthermore, bullying is linked to school violence. continue article here
For Parents of Teens Understanding Bullying in Ohio’s Schools - Click Here - This fact sheet features:
• Guidance for parents of bullied students;
• Tips and facts to help prevent and understand bullying; and
• Additional resources on bullying.
Direct from the Field: A Guide to Bullying Prevention. (2007). Parker-Roerden, L., Rudewick, D., & Gorton, D. Boston, MA: Department of Public Health. Available on-line at www.mass.gov/Eeohhs2/docs/dph/com_health/violence/bullying_prevent_guide.pdf. This guide provides tools to help school communities create school-specific bullying prevention programs. It includes information about helping children with disabilities, and provides specific suggestions for responding to a child who has been bullied.
Eyes on Bullying: What Can You Do? (2008). Storey, K. & Slaby, R. This toolkit, available at www.eyesonbullying.org, helps parents and caregivers learn effective strategies for stopping and preventing bullying.
National Center for Bullying Prevention. This Web site, at www.pacer.org/bullying, has features for elementary students and for teens, as well as resources for parents and schools.
Stop Bullying Now! This U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Web site at www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov helps children understand what bullying is and how harmful it is. It features a resource kit with tips and facts, and includes an extensive database of resources about bullying prevention. The information for adults is available in English and Spanish.
“Targeted, Taunted, Tormented: the Bullying of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” (2009). Boston, MA: Massachusetts Advocates for Children. Download a copy at www.massadvocates.org/uploads/44/a0/44a075940bd061eef73d72ec643c2762/Bullying-Report-final-s.pdf.
“When Your Child is Being Bullied: A Guide for Parents from Massachusetts.” (2008). Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center. Bridgewater, MA: Bridgewater State College. This brochure gives parents practical suggestions about how to help their children cope with bullying and how to work with the school. Read more at http://webhost.bridgew.edu/marc/marc%20bullying.pdf.
Bullying in Schools: a guide for police - There is always concern about school violence, and police have assumed greater responsibility for helping school officials ensure students’ safety. As pressure increases to place officers in schools, police agencies must decide how best to contribute to student safety. This guide provides police with information about the causes and extent of bullying in schools and recommendations for developing effective approaches and practices that contribute to student safety. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community-Oriented Policing Services. 6/5/09
Comprehensive Overview of Bullying in Ohio Schools - eBasedPrevention.org's complete explanation and resource list on Ohio's bullying law, featuring statistics, model bullying policies, helpful links, community involvement information, and more.
National Center for Learning Disabilities - The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) works to ensure that the nation's 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities - Central source of information on: education of children with disabilities, No Child Left Behind, and research-based information on effective educational practices.
Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) - U.S. Dept. of Education - The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities - A coalition of parents and family members of children with disabilities advocating for and supporting the provision of appropriate educational services for children with disabilities and advocating for parent and family support services.
Ohio Parent Information and Resource Center - The Ohio PIRC is your one-stop resource center if you are a parent or guardian and want your child/student to do well in every grade and get the best education possible. If you are an educator or community member and want families to be strong partners in meeting the challenges of the No Child Left Behind legislation and want to equip families with the right skills to support their children’s learning, Ohio PIRC can help you.
Ohio Yellow Pages for Kids - Find educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, health care providers, academic therapists, tutors, speech language therapists, occupational therapists, coaches, advocates, and attorneys for children with disabilities.