Many students must deal with the distressing reality of bullying. When we take into account the fact that students in special education are disproportionately affected by bullying, the gravity of the problem becomes clear. Here is what you can do about what you can do to prevent this from happening to your kid, along with the help of Lento Law Firm.
Students with Disabilities and the Problem of Bullying
Because of their visible or invisible impairments, children with special needs are disproportionately affected by bullying. Such harassment can take the form of name-calling, threats of physical harm, or, more recently, cyberbullying. The climate of fear and worry that results are hardly optimal for learning and development has a negative impact on their social experiences as well.
Combating Bullying: The School’s Responsibility
It is crucial for schools to provide a welcoming and accepting atmosphere for all kids, including those with special needs. Schools are required by laws like IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to offer a “free and appropriate public education” (FAPE) to all pupils, which includes making sure they are safe in school. Schools have a responsibility to prevent and address bullying of students who require special education services.
Ways to Speak Up for Your Kid
As a parent, you may feel helpless as you watch your child struggle. However, you can take action to help your child:
- Keep the lines of communication open with your child and listen carefully if they disclose being bullied at school. They will learn to trust you more and feel less isolated if you talk to them in an open manner.
- Log Accidents: Document every instance of bullying with as much specificity as possible, including when, where, and who was engaged. If the need arises for the school or legal action, this paperwork can be helpful.
- Let the Administration Know: It is the duty of educational institutions to combat bullying. Write out a detailed letter to the school administration detailing your worries and expectations.
- Create a personalized learning plan: Social skills training, therapy, and methods to foster a supportive school climate can all be incorporated into an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to combat bullying among students with special needs.
- If your child is being bullied at school and the administration is not taking appropriate action, or your child’s educational rights are infringed, you should seek legal representation.