Nationwide ‘Disable Bullying’ Campaign Launched

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – All kids can be the victims of bullies. But a national campaign has been launched to help a group that is especially vulnerable and sometimes overlooked.

Children with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than typical kids.

“Glee” actress Lauren Potter, who plays a student with Down syndrome on the show, has been named as a spokesperson for the “Disable Bullying” campaign.

KCBS’ Janice Wright Reports:

AbilityPath.org, in collaboration with Special Olympics and Best Buddies, has launched the campaign as a support group for parents of children with special needs.

“This is an awakening,” said Peninsula Congresswoman Jackie Speier. “Up until very recently, many of these students were not mainstreamed.”

Now that they are, she said everyone has to have the tools to teach and practice non-discrimination.

Special Olympics CEO Timothy Shriver said a big problem is adults who don’t recognize the problem or have a “get over it” attitude.

“The good news is that when we ask young people to respond, they respond overwhelmingly positively,” said Shriver.

Congresswoman Speier said she plans on briefing members of Congress on the abuses detailed in the “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” report released by AbilityPath.org.

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