A shocking new online survey has found that nearly 90 percent of autistic children in the Bay State have been targeted by bullying so violent and ruthless that a state lawmaker says teachers and school systems must be held accountable.
All kids are bullied to some extent, but I have no doubt that autistic kids get much more than their share of bullying.
I have to admit that the survey did not use the most rigorous methods as it was taken to convince legislators:
About 400 Massachusetts parents responded to the online survey between Sept. 23 and Oct. 12. The survey was prepared as part of an effort to pass legislation requiring that autistic children be taught bullying coping tactics as part of their individual educational plans.
With that acknowledgment, I’ll say it again, autistic kids get bullied more than typical kids. In some cases a lot more. A lot of us feel like our kids have great big bulls-eyes painted on them. Our kids have a hard enough time coping in schools.
I hope the Massachusetts legislature takes notice. I don’t know if including “bullying coping tactics” into IEP ’s is the best response, but I know that doing nothing is the wrong response.