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Students with Disabilities and Bullying: 5 Important Facts (PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center)


Students with Disabilities and Bullying: Top five things for parents, educators, and students to know

1. The impact – Bullying affects a student’s ability to learn

Many students with disabilities are already addressing unique challenges in school. When they are bullied, it can directly impact their ability to learn and grow.

Bullying is not a harmless rite of childhood that everyone experiences. Research shows that bullying can negatively impact a child’s access to education and lead to:

  • School avoidance and higher rates of absenteeism
  • Lower grades
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Loss of interest in academic achievement
  • Increase in dropout rates


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