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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs

"Children with disabilities—such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities—are at an increased risk of being bullied. Any number of factors— physical vulnerability, social skill challenges, or intolerant environments—may increase the risk. Research suggests that some children with disabilities may bully others as well.

Kids with special health needs, such as epilepsy or food allergies, also may be at higher risk of being bullied. Bullying can include making fun of kids because of their allergies or exposing them to the things they are allergic to. In these cases, bullying is not just serious, it can mean life or death.

Creating a Safe Environment for Youth with Disabilities

Special considerations are needed when addressing bullying in youth with disabilities. There are resources to help kids with disabilities who are bullied or who bully others. Youth with disabilities often have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or Section 504 plans that can be useful in crafting specialized approaches for preventing and responding to bullying. These plans can provide additional services that may be necessary. Additionally, civil rights laws protect students with disabilities against harassment."

For more information :
http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/groups/special-needs/



Families in Action


June 20-22, 2014, The Arc of Weld County collaborated with

Three counties: The Arc of Larimer County, The Arc of Weld County , Association for Community Living In Boulder County along with our state chapter, The Arc of Colorado came together to offer this opportunity to 30 families who have children with intellectual and or developmental disabilities. The parents went to training, while children with disabilities and their siblings were able to particiapte in camp activities.



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Click below:
Families in Action Video

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Thank you everyone who helped make the pool party a success!  We raised $151.00 for the Rodarte Respite Program in Greeley.









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We are no longer accepting applications for Project Illumination: Creating Safe and Healthy Relationships: Abuse and Neglect Prevention Course.
We will start a new session beginning in  late January or February of 2015.  If you are interested in attending the 2015 class, please email Kimberly@arcweldcounty.org








 


 "The Arc of Weld County is a grassroots, non-profit organization committed to creating opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities."

 

Our goals are to ensure the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, to include them as contributing members of the team that develop plans for their lives, and to enhance the overall quality of their lives.




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