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Bullying is defined as when one person uses
power in a willful manner with the aim of hurt-
ing another individual. This may involve repeated
exposure over time to negative actions or an imbal-
ance of power so that the child victimized has
trouble defending him/herself. The aggression can
be verbal, written, physical or psychological, or
characterized by unequal levels of affect, i.e. child
bullying feels justified in his or her actions. Source:
Katy ISD code of conduct
Although only 10 studies have been conducted in
the United States on bullying and developmental
disabilities, all of them found that children with
disabilities were two to three times more likely to
be victims of bullying than their nondisabled peers
according to Disabilities: Insights from across Fields
and around the World (2009).
RESEARCH ALSO SHOWS:
- 60% of students with disabilities reported
being bullied compared to 25 percent of the
general student population. British Journal of Learn-
ing Support (2008)
- 88% of children with autism were reported by
parents to have been the victims of bullying. Mas-
sachusetts Advocacy for Children (2009)
- In general, bullying is most common in grades
six through eight. JAMA (2001)
Note: This brochure is designed to provide basic informa-
tion about bullying & autism and should not be interpreted
as medical advice. For all concerns related to your child’s
health and safety, please seek the advice of your child’s
healthcare provider.
ABOUT BULLYING & AUTISM
PARENT RESOURCES
prevention | safety tips | resources
National Autism Association
autismsafety.org
Ability Path
abilitypath.org
Stop Bullying
stopbullying.gov
Bully Police (State-by-State Law Listing)
bullypolice.org
Bullying Prevention
bullyingprevention.org
Kids Against Bullying
pacerkidsagainstbullying.org
Stop Bullying Now!
stopbullyingnow.com
Suicide Prevention
suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Wrights Law
wrightslaw.com
Awesome Library
awesomelibrary.org/bullying.html
- Discuss with your child definitions of assault
(elbow in the lunch line, throwing an object, any act
perceived as a threat can result in juvenile detention.)
- Go over the student code of conduct with your child
to help him/her understand the definition of each
offense and possible consequences.
- Instruct your child if they are ever questioned by
police (campus police or local law enforcement) to ask
that you be present.
- Youth are often subject to interrogation they don’t
wish to participate in or don’t fully understand.
Unless they are placed in police custody, they should be
free to leave but most don’t understand this and may
be intimidated into incriminating themselves.
- Read “Strategies When Children are Arrested for
School-Related Behavior Problems” by Pete Wright
Esq. www.wrightslaw.com
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