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U.S. DOE offers guidance on bullying of special-needs students

Posted on September 6, 2013

A recent blog post from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) includes resources that offer guidance to educators on bullying of students with disabilities.

Michael Yudin, acting assistant secretary for the DOE’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, writes that schools have an obligation to ensure that a student with disabilities who is bullied continues to receive FAPE (free appropriate public education) as outlined in his or her IEP.

“IEPs, as well as 504 plans, can be useful in outlining specialized approaches for preventing and responding to bullying, as well as providing additional supports and services to students with disabilities,” Yudin added.

Among the tips in the resources is to collect and analyze data on bullying behaviors. Doing so can “provide a clearer picture of what is happening in school and school activities, guide planning of prevention, instruction and intervention efforts, and inform decision making on the effectiveness of current policies and practices over time,” according to one of the documents accessible in the blog post.   

To read the blog post and its accompanying resources in full, click here.

Related Topics: bullying

Comments ( 1 )
  • liz

     | about 3 years ago

    As a future educator, I think this is a very informative blog and important for all school personnel to read. However, I also think that in order to truly inform people and help them to prevent bullying in schools, all areas need to be addressed. For example, staff that you may not ordinarily think of when preventing bullying need to be educated on what to do in certain situations. This can be people such as, bus drivers and cafeteria workers. There are many incidences of bullying that take place in those specific areas, where teachers or principles aren't around. Bullies take advantage of these areas. I believe all staff need to be informed on what to look for and how to prevent bullying. The movie, "Bully" is a really great film to watch to help understand what really goes on in schools and how some districts do not handle it the way they should be. It's a real shame. I highly suggest the movie for everyone.

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