segunda-feira, 13 de outubro de 2014

Bullying Prevention Month



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Dear Valeria,

The Autism Society and our nationwide network of affiliates has been a lifeline for individuals on the spectrum and caregivers to understand the complexities of living with an autism diagnosis and to connect them to resources and supports for a better quality of life.

This October, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, the Autism Society is raising awareness about this national epidemic and its impact on individuals on the spectrum and the community. Did you know children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than their nondisabled peers? One study found 63 percent of kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been bullied across the country.

Austin a high school soccer player with ASD from Pennsylvania was duct-taped to a soccer goal post that left him petrified and alone on a late Sunday evening by his teammates. Upon reporting the incident to school officials, Austin was ostracized and ultimately left the team. Austin is one of millions of students forced to endure bullying on a daily basis.

Let's stand up for Austin. Let's stand up for the thousands of individuals on the spectrum who simply want to be treated with respect and dignity and acknowledged as human beings. It's important for us to help individuals who have been bullied to learn how to deal with bullies and start the healing process.

How can you help?
•    Read The 3 R's for Bullying Prevention, Healing from Bullying for the individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Bullying the Brain and Bullying, Then and Now for insight into the implications of bullying and its impact on victims and their families.
•    Join the movement – wear orange on October 22, 2014 for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center's #UnityDay2014. Make it ORANGE and make it end! Unite against bullying!
•    Call our trained professionals available at 1-800-3-AUTISM or info@autism-society.org seven days a week from 9am to 9 pm eastern time to offer support and referrals to those facing bullying or other issues related to ASD.
•    Make a contribution to the Autism Society to help us stop bullying and support a comprehensive anti-bullying program for individuals on the spectrum.

With your generous support, the Autism Society will continue to be the critical link for individuals across the country that faces bullying every day. We depend on your financial support to bring awareness to important issues like bullying and implement comprehensive safety programs for individuals with ASD. Help us keep individuals on the spectrum Safe & Sound® --each of us has a role in creating a safe and caring environment that fosters learning and positive social-emotional relationships for all children. It is not enough just to recognize; we have to eliminate bullying now. Seize the moment and consider a gift today!

 

Autism Society
4340 East-West Hwy, Suite 350, Bethesda, Maryland 20814
301.657.0881 or 1.800.3AUTISM

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