Learning Disability Today
Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Safety net

An increasing number of people with learning disabilities are becoming victims of cyber bullying. Julie Penfold considers what can be done to protect them? The vast majority of people with learning disabilities have experienced some form of abuse or bullying because of their disability. Increasingly, this abuse is being committed online: earlier this year, the National Autistic Society surveyed 800 people with learning disabilities on the extent of disability hate crime and found 24% had been victims of cyber bullying. Cyber bullying has been in the headlines in recent months as the tragic death of teenager Hannah Smith sparked national


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