Creating a Safe Environment for Children with Disabilities

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

  • Children who have diabetes and are dependent on insulin may be especially vulnerable to peer bullying (Storch et al., 2004).
  • Children who stutter may be more likely to be bullied. In one study, 83 percent of adults who stammered as children said that they were teased or bullied; 71 percent of those who had been bullied said it happened at least once a week (Hugh-Jones & Smith, 1999).