ANA-PAC fights to make sure that the nursing community is heard in the halls of Congress, for the most positive outcomes for health care providers and patients. We in government do not have government by the majority.
When one group in society is perceived as less competent and weak, this really makes them at risk to suffer from discrimination and oppression. My Advocacy and social action as a Social Worker is to advocate for these populations, and to empower them.
There are many areas in which I consider these children to be at risk, but the main risk for them is that they are vulnerable to bullying. Because these children are perceived as weak by their classmates, others take advantage of them, and try to tease them.
The terrible effect of bullying is well known, but to put more emphasis on the subject I will quote from recent esearch on the rate of bullying among children with learning disabilities, and about the fatal consequences that bullying has on children.
They advocate for the rights of learning disabled children, and counsel their parents on many issues, from what school is best for their child, to helping these children and adolescents find work.
In they did a study on bullying, it included children with learning disabilities, here I will quote their findings: They are twice as likely to be bullied as other children. Children with a learning disability are more likely to be targeted by bullies because of their disability.
They may be doing different work at school, or they may find it hard to make friends or join in play activities. Like racist and homophobic bullying, disables bullying is particularly harmful as it is based on prejudice. Bullying of children with a learning disability discriminates against children who find it hard to understand bullying, to tell people about it, and to be listened to and supported.
Mencap, The fatal consequences of bullying The government website stopbullying. Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues.
Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience: Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
These issues may persist into adulthood. Health complaints, Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school. A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures.
In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the s, the shooters had a history of being bullied. Media reports often link bullying with suicide.
However, most youth who are bullied do not have thoughts of suicide or engage in suicidal behaviors. Although kids who are bullied are at risk of suicide, bullying alone is not the cause.
Many issues contribute to suicide risk, including depression, problems at home, and trauma history. Additionally, specific groups have an increased risk of suicide, including American Indian and Alaskan Native, Asian American, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.
This risk can be increased further when these kids are not supported by parents, peers, and schools.
Bullying can make an unsupportive situation worse. From this government article, we can see how dangerous it is when the discrimination and oppression of these children are not stopped. Also, research suggests that children with learning disabilities are twice more likely to be bullied than regular children.
From my own experience I saw the same thing, I noticed that these children are very vulnerable to being bullied, and they are not able to protect themselves the way ordinary children protect themselves.
The definition of macro change is: My suggestion for an anti bullying school program The solution that I propose has 3 steps, education, observation and a token economy. The most important thing is, to educate our children about the severe consequences that bullying has on the child being bullied.
The school has to make it the duty of every teacher, to observe the children at play time at least a few times a week. In order to see how the children interact with one another, and to observe if any child is mistreated.
Observation will give them the opportunity to see if anybody is being bullied or left out. After identifying which of the children need help, as well as which of the children bully others, the teacher should work with the class through a system of a token economy.
That means, the teacher will monitor every child in the classroom if they bully or not, and those who interact with others nicely will be rewarded, and the children who do bully should get a consequence.
That will encourage them to interact adequately with one another and not to bully. When we follow these 3 steps, we have accomplished the following: Second, we have a way to identify which of the children need help and support, and who has to be taken care of to make sure he does not bully others.
Third, we have a method to encourage them to follow the right way. There is one more intervention that is very important, and it will certainly help these learning disabled children; that is a program to teach them social skills.
Numerous formal studies have confirmed the wisdom of this.Social work advocacy is “the exclusive and mutual representation of a client(s) or a cause in a forum, attempting to systematically influence decision-making in an unjust or unresponsive system(s).” Advocacy was identified as a professional role as far back as , and social workers consider client advocacy an ethical responsibility.
Sigma Advocacy is an initiative designed to focus on building our collective voice around legislative policies that impact our communities locally, statewide and nationally.
Action and Advocacy Areas of focus include issues surrounding immigration and refugees and the question of Rikers Island. We invite all community members, neighbors, and partners to join us as we stand with the oppressed and work for justice.
Advocacy is a concept that can evoke visions of protesters and picket lines, phone banks and information booths, and maybe even knocking on doors and accosting strangers on the street.
Get information about policies in Washington D.C. that affect people with disabilities and find out how you can take action. The National League of Cities is the voice of America's cities in the Nation's Capitol and empowers local leaders to advocate for city priorities.