Bullying and Individuals with Disabilities
With funding from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, the Alberti Center is examining the prevalence and impact of bullying on individuals with developmental disabilities. With input from multiple stakeholders, we are also identifying resources, supports, and promising approaches to bullying prevention. This information will be used to develop a strategic plan focused on bullying prevention for individuals with developmental disabilities across ages and settings.
Bullying and Policy
Amidst legislation regarding bullying and harassment, there is a critical need for researchers to examine the impact of this legislation and to guide policymakers. The Alberti Center has an ongoing project assessing the impact of the New York State Dignity for All Students Act on the problems of bullying and harassment, as well as perceptions of school climate.
Alberti Center Needs Assessment Summary
One of the first tasks of the Alberti Center was to engage in a needs assessment. Through a quantitative survey, focus groups, and numerous individual meetings, details were collected about the current perceptions of bullying and harassment in schools, areas of weaknesses and strengths, challenges faced, and greatest areas of need in Western New York. Data and input were collected from students, educators, community organization professionals, researchers, and leaders of similar centers.
The findings of this needs assessment have already guided the direction of the center. The Guide to School-Wide Bullying Programs, included in this issue's Featured Resources section, was developed in response to the needs assessment. In addition, the theme for the Alberti Center's 2012 Annual Conference, cyberbullying, was selected based on the feedback received. Numerous other action items have been identified as priorities for the future direction of the Alberti Center.
Bullying Prevention Program Guide
The primary focus of this guide is to provide practitioners with information about evidence-based bullying prevention programs. Each program included in this guide is summarized in a one-page format that includes the author and/or publisher, the website where more information can be found, and the grades for which the program was designed. Critical information such as the goals, the structure, format, and delivery of the program, as well as the evidence supporting its effectiveness, is summarized. Finally, program costs and information about the program’s ratings by national registries, if applicable, are included.
This guide is available as a free download on our resources page.