How can we create a safe environment for children with disabilities?
Special considerations are needed when addressing bullying in youth who have disabilities. There are resources to help kids with disabilities who are bullied, or who bully others. Youth with disabilities often have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or Section 504 plans that can be useful in crafting specialized approaches for preventing and responding to bullying.
These plans can provide additional services that may be necessary. Additionally, civil rights laws protect students with disabilities against harassment. (Visit stopbullying.gov.)