Anti-Bullying Week 2014 – Autism and Bullying – How can we stop bullying of people with learning disabilities?

Anti-Bullying Week 2014
Anti-Bullying Week 2014

As many readers will know this week sees us in Anti-Bullying Week 2014. While not, per se, a health issue it is , in fact, related closely to the objectives of the blog.

To explain , as you may know, I am the parent of an eight year old boy with autism. One of the things that worried us after his diagnosis was the idea that he would be bullied because of his autism.

In fact we have been very lucky. For the last couple of years he has been attending a ResourceBase unit for children with autism within the mainstream system. This means his fellow students in mainstream are aware of the nature of autism , take it in their stride, and so far neither her nor his friends in the ResourceBase has been on the receiving end of bullying. And , of course, we hope that it stays this way!

But that is , sadly, not true of so many people with learning disabilities. The aim of this blog is two-fold. Firstly to try and discover the extent of bullying of people with learning disabilities and, as importantly, to provide our readers with an opportunity to share how they dealt with such bullying.

Please use the comments section below to share your thoughts on the subject. You might want to think in terms of the following questions:-

a) What is your main learning disability?
b) Have you ever been bullied because of your learning of other disability?
c) Where did the bullying take place and in what context?
d) How was the bullying dealt with by you and any authorities?
e) What one piece of advice would you give to somebody who is being bullied?

Thanks very much in advance for sharing.  Please note that we are also very interested in the views of parents and caregivers on the subject!

For more information on Anti-Bullying Week 2014 please go to their website here.


I don't have a learning disability, but my brother does. He was bullied a bit while we were growing up because of his Asperger's syndrome. At school, he was socially uncomfortable. It never escalated to violence, but he was teased a lot. When he told me about one particular incident, I approached the culprits. My mother saw us before the confrontation came to blows. She contacted the kids' parents. That helped out a little bit, but the teasing didn't disappear completely. I honestly think that all parents need to teach their children to be more accepting of children with these disabilities. I think that will really help society as a whole. My advice to kids that are bullied like this would be to tell those that are close to them, like a parent or sibling. Those are people that love you and want to help you with this ordeal.