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Local Autism Support Groups
Parents Engaging Autism Quinte (PEAQ), an autism parent support group, meets once a month on the first Tuesday of the month (no meetings in January, July and August) at Kerry's Place, 189 Victoria Avenue, Belleville at 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you have questions or suggestions for autism topics that are important to you please go to our FaceBook account and post your suggestions so that we can invite appropriate autism professionals to speak at these meetings. There won't be any meeting in December but we are taking local families supporting individuals with moderate to severe sensory challenges to the Christmas Event at the Children's Safety Village half an hour prior to the event being opened to the public.
Autism parent support group meeting hosted by Mental Health Agency, Trenton and Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC) meeting is on the Second Thursday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. If you have require any further information please contact Marya Peters for more information at 613 392-2811 ext 3953 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For info on Community Living Prince Edward County Parent Support group, contact Resource Consultants @ 613 476 6038
Central Hastings Autism Support Group meets in Madoc at the Recreation Centre. Contact Renee O’Hara, Family Resource & Support, 613-966-7413 or Tammy Kavanagh, Family Resource & Support, 613-332-3227
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Bullying and children with disability
In the story about Mitchell's death published in the Toronto Star, his father noted that his son's suicide was not directly caused by a particularly traumatic and horrific bullying incident that Mitchell fell victim to. Here's a clip from the article on the incident:
"And last November, while on one of his prescribed daily walks, Mitchell was jumped by a 12-year-old boy he knew from his elementary school in Pickering. The older child, who was after the iPhone Mitchell borrowed from his father to listen to music while he walked, smashed Mitchell’s face into the pavement so hard he broke some of the boy’s teeth.
The attack, Mitchell’s parents say, led their son on a downward spiral which culminated in his suicide earlier this month." Read the article at this link: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1059479--disabled-pickering-boy-took-his-own-life-after-he-was-mugged-and-bullied?bn=1
The details of the incident is so heartwrenching and completely overwhelming to me, an adult. It evoked such fear that such incidents are possible. One goes out for a simple walk and get beaten up for something one had on his/her person. Just like Mitchell, who his father said, became fearful of going for his badly needed exercise or of having to return to school after summer, I would be, too, had I suffered such a vicious attack. What is even for frightening is what they have to say about the extent of bullying incidents that target children with special needs or disabilities like Mitchell. If it can happen to Mitchell, the chances of a bullying incident happening to yours is not that far off. Here, take a look at the article below to get an idea of what bullying looks like, where and who it can strike, and what we can do to help our children with special needs prepare for those situations: