Written by an Aspie Mom with two kiddos on the spectrum, this blog promotes acceptance and empowerment for those on the autism spectrum, those with Asperger's Syndrome and the family and friends who love them.
National Bullying Prevention Month Starts October 1st, 2010
Hello Aspierations Blog Visitors!
Today is Friday, October 1st and that marks the beginning of National Bullying Prevention month. Throughout this month, I will be writing a series of articles talking about bullying and how it relates to children and adults. I will also talk specifically how due to social skills and interpretation differences, bullying perception is often different for children and adults who are on the autism spectrum.
I will also be providing references to other organizations which have programs in place to help promote awareness, prevention and resources to go to when one has experienced the torment of a bully.
The irony of today starting National Bullying Prevention Month does not escape me. For the past couple of months, there has been an individual or perhaps a group of individuals who has visited the Aspierations blog and sporadically made rude, hurtful, distasteful, mean and erroneous comments about me and my family. There were a bunch made on my September 29th blog and I sat on the delete key for quite some time before finally saying something back. Some of the attacks have been personally degrading and embarrassing. Some personal information was shared which was completely unnecessary. Other comments have been against my family and my relationships (present and past) and the wonderful REAL people who have visited my Aspierations blog and spent time here with me.
He/she/they have tried to smear my reputation. They have tried to taint and tarnish my dreams of building Aspierations into a special place that promotes acceptance and empowerment for those on the autism spectrum, those with Aspergers and the friends and family who support and love them. Aspierations Visitors and Friends are ALWAYS welcome here as who they are!
Please let us join together and not let bullies take away from this blog and our Aspierations to Let our Light Shine. Are you with me?
We're all on the spectrum and we're all seeking acceptance! Say NO to Bullies!
The good news is that recently, I have started to see positive growth at Aspierations. My 3 part blog series on Stimming was recognized on September 28th by well-respected blogger and fellow spectrum traveler and parent, Gavin Bollard from "Life With Aspergers". After Gavin's recommendation on his blog, Aspierations received a number of new visitors and I am very grateful.
If curious later, here are the links to the Series I wrote in late September 2010:
I have noticed new visitors commenting on blogs I wrote many months ago and other visitors becoming aware of my recent writing. I want to let you know that despite anyone trying to bring me down, I will not stop writing. I can't guarantee you that you'll always find it interesting, funny, relevant, relatable or concise (especially the last part) but it will be from me, Karen Krejcha and it will come from my heart.
I invite you to stay with me on this journey. Are you part of an Autism or Asperger's Support Group? Please feel free to tell them about Aspierations and give out our link!
To start out National Bullying Prevention Month, I am going to give you two links today to check out. The first is a blog that my husband, John at Life and Times of John Krejcha wrote called "Bullies In Our World". I personally think he did a great job but I know he's like to hear your feedback too, so please feel free to give him a shout out of support!
October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a project of PACER Center. It's a time when communities nationwide can unite to raise awareness of bullying prevention by using resources at PACER.org/bullying.
"To make a significant impact on bullying, we need people across the country to take action and join the movement," said Julie Hertzog, director PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention, which sponsors the event. "There are 160,000 children staying home from school each day for fear of bullying, but working together, we can make a difference."
Everyone can find a way to join the cause at PACER.org/bullying. Students, educators, families, and organizations can use the free, creative resources at the site to address bullying and help create a culture that no longer accepts bullying.
Nonprofits, schools, and community groups can show their support and share their efforts to prevent bullying by becoming a Partner or Champion of this cause. Organizations and a link to their website will be listed on PACER's site, along with a list of any activities or events they are planning in connection with the month. To become a Partner or Champion, contact julie.hertzog@PACER.org.
Teens can sign an online petition, tell their story at bullying411@PACER.org, start a bullying prevention committee at their school, or join the TeensAgainstBullying Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube sites. They'll find videos, blogs, and a toolkit of things they can do to address bullying at PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org.
Elementary school students can take the "Kids Against Bullying" pledge and learn how to respond to bullying at PACERKidsAgainstBullying.org. The site features animated characters, celebrity videos, games and more.
Educators and parents can find free, creative classroom activities and resources for K-12 students at PACER.org/bullying.
PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention educates communities nationwide to prevent bullying through creative and interactive resources.
Based in Minnesota, PACER Center is a national parent center serving all youth, with a special emphasis on children with disabilities. Learn more at PACER.org or call 952-838-9000; 888-248-0822 (national toll free).
Editor: Julie Hertzog, director PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention, is available formedia interviews on bullying prevention topics.
National toll-free 888-248-0822
I will have more references on varying days throughout this month and I welcome your contributions and referrals as well. Bullying is something that adversely impacts people of all ages and all abilities.
If you want to give a shout out to your organization, blog or group that is doing something to promote Bullying Awareness or Prevention, please feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com.
Thanks for stopping by, Aspierations Friends, Visitors and Supporters! I do hope you'll visit again!
For those worried about me, I did have a very sad last couple of days but adversity makes me grow stronger. No matter who tries to bully me, no matter what is thrown my way, I will do my best to hold my head high and let my light shine!
You can't get rid of me that easily!
I HAVE NO CLUE WHY suddenly the margins have widened! THANKS BLOGGER!