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7 Steps to Take A Stand Against Bullying from Autism Speaks

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Autism Speaks is committed to providing resources and tools to help take a stand against bullying, so that no child or adult on the spectrum experiences the terrible feeling of being bullied at school, at work or out in the community.

In 2012, Autism Speaks partnered with the National Center for Learning DisabilitiesAbility Path and the PACER Center’s National Bullying Prevention Center to create a movement toward a bully free world through our BULLY Project. Together with our partners, we released a Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit full of resources and information specifically tailored to parents, educators, and students dealing with bullying and children with special needs.

Based on this Toolkit, we have put together seven steps that you can take to help take a stand against bullying. The Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit contains a number of additional tips and resources to accomplish each of these steps. The links are included with each step.

Special Education Advocacy


Miller Advocacy Group represents children with disabilities and learning differences in the special education process. We offer academic counseling, high school transition planning for post secondary options, including college, and vocational coaching.

A Guide To Workplace Bullying


This resource shares useful information and awareness on office bullying and how to prevent it, as well as offer tips for maintaining a safe working environment for people who may have experienced (or continue to experience) bullying or discrimination at work.

Autism Webinars from Children’s Hospital L.A. & University of Southern CA

You can access archived webinars presented by professional autism service providers on many topics by going to  this website

Transition: Health Care Guide for Youth & Families


This article has information about health care insurance options, benefits and eligibility.  It addresses durable medical power of attorney, HIPAA issues, and medical records.  You can download a worksheet that walks one through the steps of making a healthcare appointment and what information to bring to the medical services providers.

Got Transition: Website for Transition Issues


The Got Transition aims to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies.  It has excellent resources for Youth and Families, Health Care Providers, Researchers & Policy Makers about transition issues.

State Council on Developmental Disabilities Training Resources

The State Council on Developmental Disabilities offers no-cost trainings on many topics relevant to people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families. We are able to come to your support group OR host the training in our office, whichever is best. Please see the attached flyer with other trainings we provide.

Tips & Tricks for Getting Effective IEPs

Wrightslaw provides excellent resources for families trying to navigate special education legal and advocacy  issues.  This topic deals specifically with how you can best prepare for Individualized Education Plan meetings.

Woodsmall Law Group


Law firm site; contains several articles about IEPs etc.

The Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act


This act provides entitlement to services for people with developmental disabilities in California Information about this act is available at