The Bully Project in partnership with Upworthy posted a video of a high school student with autism named Jake confronting his peers in gym class for excluding him. In the video above, Jake bravely tells his classmates “I don’t think you guys see me for me” and that he wants to try to be their friend.
In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning Disabilities, Ability Path and thePACER Center's National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs. This helpful tool to combat bullying contains, among others, the following resources:
Conversation starters to talk to your child about bullying
Information about bullying and your child's IEP
Tips for explaning your child's disability to classmates
Advice from experts, and more!
Who am I? Figuring out what role you play at school
Lesons on self-advocacy
How to speak up about bullying, and more!
Strategies for talking with bullying and bullied children, especially
those with special needs
Creating a zero-tolerance environment
Ideas for teaching tolerance, and more!
In addition to the toolkit, the Combating Bullying portal on the Autism Speaks website contains information about taking action, a spotlight on the documentary film BULLY, along with many books and websites to help you educate and advocate to prevent bullying in your child's life. Visit the Combating Bullying web portal here!