Weekly Whirl - Bully Free World
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Bullying is such a huge issue and we are working to put an end to it. In conjuction with 'The Bully Project' we are looking to create a 'Bully Free World.' You can join the movement here. We asked the community how they work to stop bullying and here are some responses:
Liz Oravec "Kids learn behavior from their parents first. So if a parent is a bully, then the kids will learn to be one. Ignorance breeds ignorance...."
Tina Lolley Morehead "We have to realize that our children take bullying literally. My son is being called gay( seems its the new word instead of stupid or dumb). He is 14 with Aspergers. I main streamed him so he would not be sheltered from the reality of society and so he can go to college if desired. It is so important to have a staff that is willing to listen and understand their way of thought. It took a lot of work and meetings on my part but Atleast I have a team behind me. Persistence as advocators. Just have to keep strong as parents"
Andrea Thompson "My son with autism comes home from school everyday and lets me know what happens...and if i think its a major problem...i am soooo there!"
Marie Melchior-Charron "We always talk to our boys, it's actually in our daily questions. I have informed the school, from the principal on down and have meetings as needed. The boys go to HS that is 3100+ students. It its a work in progress, but such improvement!"
Tami Lynn Dabney "My child is high functioning, so I have taught her what bullying is and why it's wrong, I've taught her to know when to tell on someone for bullying and who to tell. Her step-dad and I both tell her every day how wonderful and smart and talented she is, and that anyone who tells her different just doesn't know a good thing when they see it. I know that I can't always stop the bullies, but I can teach her and raise her in a way that will not let the bullies win or get the best of her."
Kathleen Pfau Roberts "I have helped Cole build a circle of friends who watch out for him everywhere they go. It makes it much easier to let him explore!"