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Students with Disabilities at Significantly Higher Risk for Bullying


From the Queensland Government website:


Students with disabilities are often more likely to be victims of bullying. More than half—62%—of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, for example, report being bullied once a week or more*. This is significantly higher than the 1 in 5 to 1 in 7 Australian students who report being bullied once a week or more**.

Other studies reveal similar results. International research published in the report, Walk a mile in their shoes: bullying and the child with special needs by AbilityPath.org, shows:

  • Children with disabilities are 2 to 3 times more likely to be bullied in the United States

  • More students with disabilities are bullied in Britain than children without disabilities—in 1 study, 60% of students with disabilities reported being bullied, compared to 25% of students in general

  • Students with visible physical conditions or disabilities, such as cerebral palsy and Down syndrome, can be more likely to be excluded from social activities and called names.


Sources

*2007 Channel 7 Children's research by Verity Bottroff and Phillip Slee, cited in Developing Inclusive School Communities: Addressing Bullying of Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Paper presented at: Making sense of autism and strategies that succeed conference, 4-5 September 2008, The Children's Hospital at Westmead Educational Research Institute (CHERI): Sydney.

**As cited on the Bullying. No Way! website.

***Research by Sturgeon, 2007, cited in CommunityMatters, a 2010 Australian Government draft manuscript.

****As cited in Verity Bottroff and Phillip Slee in Developing Inclusive School Communities: Addressing Bullying of Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.



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