Autism Support Community

 Non-profit Special Education Advocacy & Training


National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. (2003). Bullying and Teasing of Youth with Disabilities: Creating Positive School Environments for Effective Inclusion. Retrieved from

Sterzing, P. R., Shattuck, P. T., Narendorf, S. C., Wagner, M., & Cooper, B. P. (2012, November). Bullying Involvement and Autism Spectrum Disorders. JAMA Pediatrics, 166, 1058-1064. Retrieved from

The Council on scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association defines bullying as:

  • a negative behavior involving
  • deliberate intent to harm or disturb a victim despite apparent victim distress, and
  • a real or perceived imbalance of power, with the more powerful child or group attacking a physically or psychologically vulnerable victim.

Definition of Bullying:

 The Olweus Bully Prevention program is a whole-school approach.  The goal of OBPP is to change the norms around bullying behavior and to restructure the school setting itself so that bullying is less likely to occur or be rewarded.  The implementation needs to be seen as a long-term effort - not something to be completed in a year.  If you are interested in more information click the contact button and a certified Olweus Trainer will contact you!

ASC supports the Olweus Bully Prevention Program.  Dr. Dan Olweus of Norway, developed the program based on over 35 years of research and has been implemented world-wide.  Dr. Olweus is acknowledged as the leading authority on bullying and victimization and is regarded as the "founding" father" of the field.  His method is recognized by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence as one of only eleven Blueprints Model programs and by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as a Model Program - two of the highest honors a prevention program can attain.  

More Resources:


National Crime Prevention 


 Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have an increased vulnerability to bullying due to the social and relational problems that are hallmarks of their condition.  A decade long study drawing information from the Department of Education indicates that 46.3% of students with ASD are victims of bullying. 70% of students that spent 76-100% of time in General Education classes experienced bullying.  The statistics revealed that integration into the General Education classroom (vs. special ed) may exacerbate the problem.  This contradicts previous research that students with ASD benefit from inclusion programing.  In order to make inclusion successful it is not enough to just place them in the classroom, there needs to be a schoolwide program to promote bully prevention.

What is Olweus?

Bring it to your school!