Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities: Top 10 facts parents, educators, and students need to know

PACER Center, Inc.,
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center
Year Published: 2012
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PACER Center, Inc.
PACER Center Action Information Sheets, ACTion Sheet: BP-18

This document discusses ten facts that parents, educators, and students need to know about bullying and harassment of students with disabilities: 1) students with disabilities are much more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers, 2) bullying affects a student’s ability to learn, 3) bullying based on a student’s disability may be considered harassment, 4) disability harassment is a civil rights issue, 5) students with disabilities have legal rights when they are a target of bullying, 6) the adult response is important, 7) students with disabilities have resources that are specifically designed for their situation, 8) more than 50 percent of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes, 9) self-advocacy is important, and 10) students who have been bullied are not alone.

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