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Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children at increased risk of bullying

November 8, 2011

A child who is deaf or hard-of-hearing faces unique challenges in keeping pace with his or her classmates. Add bullying to the mix and you have a problem that can be overwhelming for the student, the parents, and the school staff. Hearing-impaired children are often singled out by bullies due to their use of sign language, distinctive vocal quality, or even the presence of a CART provider. For National Bullying Prevention Month in October, the Described and Captioned Media Program released special bullying resources for children with disabilities. These captioned videos and articles are intended to help students, parents, and educators understand and prevent bullying with a particular focus toward hearing-impaired children in the K-12 setting.