The Prevalence of Bullying Among Students with Disabilities

Do students who receive special education supports experience bullying more than their general education peers?

Bullying Defined

1. Harassment over an extended period of time

2. Intent of harassment is to cause mental or physical harm

3. Imbalance of power

Bullying statistics

As of 2011, 28% of students say they have experienced bullying at school almost daily.

National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015

Bullying & the Law

Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Titles II and III of the American with Disabilities Act

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Student - expulsion, juvenile detention

School - intense scrutiny, fines, civil suits from victim

My Role as an Educator

Set the tone for acceptable conduct

Model compassion and empathy

Teach my students how to address bullying behavior

What happens to a bullied student?

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