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Disabled Rights and Bullying

We all know we are unique and there’s no-one else in the world like us. But imagine if there was that one thing about you that made your physical ability , learning style or anything else different from any other? As sad as it may seem, the rates of bullying disabled people get higher every year. Concentrating on the end of our current year, I have discovered that more than 62% of students who are suffering from the main aspects in the autistic spectrum are bullied unspeakable times throughout the week. You just have to think of how non-disabled human beings handle bullying, but 100 times worse.
I will list the horrific facts for you now before you even dare to question anything.Beings with disabilities are two to three times more likely to be bullied than there non-disabled peers. Now I will aim to concentrate on life in Britain/UK

•Children with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than those who aren’t disabled. 62% of disabled people reported that they were being bullied, while only 25% of non-disabled people reported that they were being bullied.

• The children who have visible physical conditions/physical disabilities eg, (Down Syndrome/ Cerebral Policy) + (Paralysis_ other wheelchair disorders) are more likely to be called names, picked on, bullied in a secret form and be excluded from other activities.

I will now change my concentration to the U.S Research in which I hope to reach out to those parents in America who may be seaking help for their children who just happen to be disabled. The research I have discovered states that 25% of nondisabled American students are bullied, however; 60% of American disabled students are bullied. This is a different way of highlighting the remaining fact that only 10 Non-Disabled US Students  have reported bullying, where as up to 20 or 30 American Disabled Children have reported bullying. 

 I know this isn’t the exact same amount on the disabled side of things but there’s only 5 per cent away from the UK Average and the U.S Average.Now that we have gained the attention of both these averages, I will now go in to deeper information so that both these sides end up coming closer together. So, how does bullying affect a disabled person from learning?

When disabled people are bullied it can have a life-threatening turn on their learning. These circumstances can go two ways. 

                                One of these is:

• Ignoring the problem until it gets to a certain extent.

I will let you into the secret that this is what I did when I was bullied by a person over a period of time.

                             Another type of this is:

• Either acting on that moment as soon as it appears or standing up for yourself

I will now tell you a bit about my past experience with the chosen topic. I have been bullied throughout a number of days  for a few years. When I say “A number of days” I mean there was only certain days it happened on. 

Like on the first day; 

  • I was getting ready to go out and was excited about the fact that I would be going a way to film in a few weeks. Within a few minutes I was told that I should just give up on all my dreams (as I’m also hoping to be a writer one day).
  • A few days after; I was told that I would have to drink alcohol and wear tons of make-up to impress a guy (make-up is something which often makes my skin flare up)

 I usually spend a lot of time up in a local theatre in Belfast but there was one year there when loads of people wanted to talk to me and I told them that I had to get sucktion first but I would talk to them after (sucktion is how other people cough for me as I am unable to). 

  • Well that afternoon, this certain person said that I was being rude by stating that I needed sucktion.
  • For a few years I was told no-one liked me
  • That I wouldn’t get any GCSEs 

and…

  • That there were other people in the world better than me which then ended with me being told that I wouldn’t get anything out of life. 
  • One day in Spring 2014, this person yelled at me that I didn’t have the right to tell her what to do even though she is payed to be my hands and feet. 
  • Then on my way home from school one day at the beginning of Summer, I was told that everyone’s lives would be better without me. 

As soon as I got home on that day I couldn’t help myself from going onto Facebook and typing in “Is it true no-one likes me?” I then sent a text message to my mum and told her everything that happened and what it had made me feel like. As soon as I knew no-one was looking at me I posted this big massive essay over social media which was based on the same subject. I adsajurated slightly and mentioned all the emotional damage this did to my immune system. If it had only been me in the room I would have broke down crying. Concentrating on what I had mentioned in my post, I made a point in mentioning that I was considering starving myself to make everything better. When mum found out about my post by phone call we had a compforting conversation with each other. Now changing my concentration to this year, there have been a couple of sly comments aimed at the fact that I have help in my art when tracing from the board and pouring out hot wax. According to this person, that is someone else doing the gcse even though I do the painting and supplying the colour which I CAN DO! The normal saying is “So we’re doing YOUR gcse in there.” which is often based at the person who’s helping me instead of me. This prooves that adults are just as capable of bullying the disabled as to the peers who are the same age.

Please proceed by reading the following information about how likely each disability is to be bullied.

Adhd: 27% likelihood of getting bullied 

Autism: 28% likelihood of getting bullied

Aspergers: 29% likelihood of getting bullied

Dyslexia: No exact percentage given

Dystonia: No exact percentage given

Paralyses: No percentage is known but people who are paralysed/ joined with people with Down Syndrome and a few more wheelchair disorders are the most likely to get bullied.

I haven’t mentioned a lot of disabilities on this list as some of them are harder to find and some don’t have an exact percentage.

So, now that I have talked about mostly all the points involved with the subject of bullying the disabled I will now add in my own opinion. I understand that if someone who is disabled is bullying a non-disabled person but unless that’s the case something should be put in place which would help in any of these circumstances. I agree that some law has to be put in place for each of the cases I have involved throughout this blog.

Example of how likely people with disabilities are to get bullied. This image shows us that the person in the wheelchair is the victim while all the darkness which surrounds him is the bully.

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I’m choosing to talk about disabled rights when it comes to main stream schools and special schools. No, I don’t disagree with special schools completely but I do think that people who suffer from:
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Dyslexia DyscalculiaDysgraphia
Dyspraxia
•dysphasia/aphasia •Dystonia •Adhd/add  Auditory processing disorder
Visual processing disorder
ADHD
Autism
Tourett’s
Aspburgers
Down Syndrome
Mentel disabilities-which-aren’t-too-severe
blindness
cataract
colour blindness
hearing loss/deafness
Meniere’s_Disease
Tinnitus
Arthritus( even though it mostly occurs at a later age I just want to put it down anyway/)
Cerebral policy
Multiple scelrosis/(This is a hard one, if the brain is effected and the person can’t talk I would agree with special schools but if this isn’t the case I wouldn’t)
Paralysis (As a paralysis myself I would agree that other paralysed children teenagers and adults are just-as capable of having a mainstream education)
…. If someone has a head injury it depends on what level it may be

I heard of someone who was dyslexic being sent to a special school, that should never have happened! I also heard of people with ADHD, Autism and Aspburgers being sent to a special school, this also SHOULD NEVER HAVE HAPPENED!

In my opinion, I think a person has to have a very severe disability that involves not being able to speak or anything else but if someone has a disability of anything else then mainstream schools should be the answer. Why do I say this? Read on to find out!

WHY SHOULD DISABLED PEOPLE BE IN MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS INSTEAD OF SPECIAL SCHOOLS

I have been in a special school before but was only there from the years 2003-2004/2005 (I can’t remember which one since I was so young then, like probably; 6 or 7) but anyways, I just want to make you aware of my thoughts and the experiences, and why; I was so thrilled to get out of there at such a young age.

You see, I was left all day doing nothing. You think I’m lying! I can remember the atrocious moments till this day. They are way too easy to relive. Well I will tell you now. In 2003, I started at a special school in Belfast. It was an excellent school and I did also enjoy my time there. My time throughout P1 was the most well thought experience ever and the teacher couldn’t have been nicer to me. I was treated as I was a normal person, like I wasn’t disabled at all, like I could get a degree without trying, like I was an able bodied being and just could do anything. You can understand that yes, the next year I was looking forward to starting P2, but my second teacher was not the best. Throughout the next 1 or 2 years I had been left in a room, playing with sand/water etc, been kept on the same reading book over and over again; and to be honest- it was complete and utter misery until I left.

So why would I think that children and teens with disabilities would be better off at mainstream schools.

Please proceed by reading the following list…

• They get a far better education if they are in a Mainstream School
• They have twice as many friends
• The brains which disabled people have can handle the work
• They are able to get a proper degree after all of it
• Disabled people would have the choice of picking their GCSEs and they can then decide weather or not they want to do higher or foundation tier
• The teachers and other staff in the school are highly supportive of them and will go to any extent to gain the understandment of the person
• Some disabled people may not like performing or touching natural stuff all day so on this note I’d like to say that they would be better off in Mainstream schools
• Mainstream schools can offer qualifications which help people get into the Media Genre, Computing Genre and so many other job roles. Disabled people should have this opportunity as well and shouldn’t be discriminated against just because they’re different.

I shall now move on to address all the successful people (celebrities) who have gone ahead with what they want to do without letting their disabilities get to them.

LEARNING DISABILITIES

Keira Knightley- Dyslexic
Orlando Bloom- Dyslexic
Vince Vaughan- Dyslexic
Michael Phelps- ADHD
Whoopie Goldberg- Dyslexic
Henry Winkler- Dyslexic
Dan Akroyd- Tourett’s and Aspburgers
Daniel Radcliffe- Dyspraxia
Steven Spielberg- Dyslexic
Justin Timberlake- ADHD
Tim Tebow- Dyslexic
Anderson Cooper- Dyslexic
Cher- Dyscalculia/Dyslexic
Jamie Oliver- Dyslexic
Joe Jonas- Dyslexic

PARALYSES AND QUADRIPLEGIA

Christopher Reeve- Paralyses. Although he is dead now Christopher Reeve is mostly remembered for his role as Superman although he was also a director, producer and writer as well. Christopher Reeve was paralysed in 1995 due to an accident during a competition. He was then penned to a wheelchair for the rest of his like. As I have mentioned before, I myself; am paralysed and can only breath with a ventilator so Christopher Reeve was a huge inspiration to me when I was firstly paralysed.
Stephen Hawking- Example to people who suffer from MND.

There’s many more celebs who had/ are suffering from all the disabilities that I have mentioned above. I just can’t write about them now as I don’t know what to say.

This now leaves me at my final point which is my own personal opinion. I think the disability has to be extremely serious for the patient to be put into a special school. The disabilities listed above are the ones that should be allowed in mainstream schools and I hope you understand the reasons I have included under that. If the person can not talk, or move, or even understand what someone’s saying to them then I agree with special schooling but it shouldn’t be allowed with any of the other main disabilities within our society. 

Doctor Amazement

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