Disability Harassment’s Impact on Transition-aged Youth Achieving Full Community Inclusion

Individuals with cerebral palsy face multiple barriers to integrated employment even with vocational rehabilitation services. One barrier is disability harassment in schools. Stakeholders, including educators, parents-guardians, student-peers, human resources, and legal professionals, will discover what are effective interventions in harassment situations. Targets often “freeze.” They are unlikely to “fight” or take “flight.” In the aftermath, we examine the most effective strategy for recipients of harassment. By the end of this session, participants will be able to 1.) Identify clearly a particular barrier to employment– the experience of disability harassment– for individuals with cerebral palsy (as well as those with other diverse types of disability) in the workplace that is based on sound and systemic research. 2.) Explain how five different groups of stakeholders will have a positive impact in situations of disability harassment. 3.) Distinguish between coping strategies in the immediate situations of disability harassment and what is considered the most effective strategy after the harassment has taken place. 4.) Develop practical strategies to implement during high school transition that will limit barriers to employment as a result of disability harassment.

Jerome Holzbauer and Jackie  Wells