Elizabeth M. Caraher, Mary L. Mitchell, Bethany E. Stanko, Jacquelyn A. Tondo-Steele, Nora C. Violante, Laura M. Walsh


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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Our presentation is about creating awareness of the abuse of children with disabilities. This type of abuse, especially in schools, is more common than people would expect. We discuss how children experience the effects of abuse in different areas of their everyday life. This includes bullying either by peers or teachers. We draw attention to the different kinds of abuse children with disabilities are subject to and also the methods of prevention. While children with disabilities are subject to the more obvious types of abuse such as verbal abuse, children with disabilities are also subject to emotional abuse, which is often overlooked. Teachers and other people in positions that work with children with disabilities often commit emotional abuse by ignoring the needs of special needs children. In conclusion, based upon our analysis we argue that there is a need for more support and funding so that teachers can fully address the needs of children with disabilities and help them succeed.

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Course Project

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Shawn A. Cassiman

Primary Advisor's Department

Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work


Stander Symposium project

Research exercise: Advocating for Vulnerable Children