Bullying can happen to any child of any age, gender, size, socioeconomic level or family background. However, children who have certain disabilities are more likely to be picked on by their peers because other school children do not feel that this child fits in easily with their group. It can be difficult for parents to know whether their child has been bullied if the child does not feel confident enough to report it to them as soon as it happens. However, many children display certain signs, such as failing greats, a sudden lack of interest in previously enjoyable activities and depression that may indicate that all is not right at school.
The best option is to get everything in writing to leave a paper trail. Parents must notify school officials about the bullying in a letter that is mailed via certified mail or dropped off at the school office and signed for by the secretary, principal or superintendent. It is wise to discuss exactly what the child has reported to the parents and to remind the school of federal and state laws that protect the rights of children with disabilities who are attending school. In particular, parents can cite Section 104 from the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act from 2008.