While talking with the children I tutor and with other children and teens with dyslexia, it has become shockingly clear that almost all children with dyslexia are teased and bullied at some point. What is more shocking to me is the number of children who feel they deserve it or believe that it is normal to be bullied and teased.
Author Patricia Polacco talks about her struggles with dyslexia and her inability to read until she was 14. She has a message for dyslexic students and for the bullies who torture them. (11-minute video)
Bullying. Needs to stop. End of story.
Hate crimes against those with learning differences are largely ignored in the UK and US. Up to 90% of people with learning differences are victims of verbal abuse or physical violence because of their differences. ”Too often they accept abuse as a part of their daily life. Early intervention is vital if people with disabilities are not to live in fear.”
Article about the UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jun/20/police-failing-learning-disabilities-study
Article about the US: http://www.miller-mccune.com/legal-affairs/the-invisible-hate-crime-27984/
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