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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Disable Bullying

Lauren Potter, actress on Glee, is the celebrity spokesperson for Ability Path's Disable Bullying campaign. Ability Path, Special Olympics, and Best Buddies have teamed up to bring awareness to Bullying and Special Needs: The Silent Epidemic.

Bullying has been in the news a lot lately; but I didn't realize the extent that kids with special needs were bullied.

Children with special needs or disabilities are 10 times more likely to be bullied then typical children. Current federal statistics show that 15% to 25% of typical school age children are bullied with some frequency. Bullying at any level is wrong. But to read that children with special needs are ten times more likely to be bullied? Well that just makes my heart hurt.

Here are a couple interviews with Lauren Potter about the Disable Bullying campaign, and her own story of being bullied.

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Lacey said...

Even though it seems like special needs kids would be a target, it still surprises me. In high school, or DS kids were the coolest kids in school. Our Husky club, the club for special needs, was the biggest club in the school!

AZ Chapman said...

gatepath is located near me so this is close to my attention

jane said...

I loved what Lauren said about "different isn't bad- different is just different" I think it can be that fear of the unknown thing. In my experience of being teased because of disability-the kids teasing often had difficulties or differences themselves and were trying to get respect from their peers by picking on me- so it's a complex issue