ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Founder of Ability Awareness Project
Our "Be A Friend" Stickers given at school presentations.
Our bracelets given at school presentations.
❖ Teaching non-judgement, empathy, kindness, friendship, while emphasizing compassion, tolerance, understanding and acceptance towards all abilities, sexual orientations and races.
❖ Encouraging all to be the best that they can be, honoring and embracing their own uniqueness while respecting and understanding everyone else’s individuality, challenges and differences.
❖ Practical and proven solutions are provided for the bullies, those being bullied and bystanders to not only identify and put a stop to all six types of bullying but also move towards becoming our next generation of leaders and peacemakers.
❖ Slideshow furthermore encourages and inspires all to accept diversity, come together as one, forgive easily, deal with anger appropriately, workout differences peacefully & choose to be a friend. Age appropriate “Pledge to be a Friend” cards, bracelets/stickers are provided for each student.
Pledge to "Be A Friend" cards given at our school presentations.
Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade obtain a clear education on acceptable and non-acceptable behaviors, identifying and understanding 6 types of bullying, having compassion and understanding towards children with different abilities and different races as they learn about non- judgment, forgiveness, kindness and friendship.
4TH & 5TH GRADES
Children in 4th & 5th grade obtain a more in-depth training on 6 types of bullying specially cyber bullying, practicing the “6 Pillars” of character, accepting diversity, respecting peers with different abilities and learning practical peaceful solutions to work out differences, specifically for the bully, the bullied, and the bystanders.
Middle school kids are more seriously subjected to cyber bullying besides struggling with peer pressure. This group’s presentation also includes a more in-depth education on how to protect against cyber bullies and the right course of action when it happens. Encouraging those who get bullied to be strong and secure with who they are, those who bully others to be more respectful, kind and compassionate towards all and the bystanders to invite diversity into their groups so no student is left alone without a friend.
HIGH SCHOOL and COLLEGE
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young adults between 15-24 years of age. This group is also presented with the long term effects of bullying on bullies and their victims as they are stepping into adulthood, how their choices of what they let into their body and mind as well as their friendships now can affect the rest of their lives, while encouraging them to say no to drugs and violence, learn to love and believe in themselves, use their abilities to become our next generation of leaders and peacemakers, come together as one and embrace diversity into their circle of friends to build a stronger and healthier future for themselves and others.
Our children do what we do not what we tell them to do! This presentation provides insights into how parents can be who they want their children to become, accentuate the positive in their child, stay connected and always leave the line of communication open as they help raise a generation that values peaceful negotiations, respecting all and accepting diversity and differences. Parents also learn about the proper response and course of action to take when their child bullies or is bullied at school or online.
This presentation provides the latest research and information available on prevention, effective intervention techniques, legal responsibilities, procedures to follow during and after a bullying incident and practical guides to provide a bully-free and safe environment for all at our schools.
I am a music composer and teacher. I am also the mother of a teenage boy who lives with autism. He is sweet, intelligent, diligent, handsome, talented and funny who throughout the years has been able to not only overcome his most toughest challenges but also become fully mainstreamed into general education with an average of 3.7+GPA. He plays the violin, is in swim team and he's super smart! He reads so much everyday about everything specially green energy, environmental issues and technologies available to better our world, new inventions, trains, computers, iPhones, politics... and can accurately quote with exact dates, numbers, and people involved! He built a solar power generator to be ready for power outages when he was in 3rd grade, which we use all the time!! Teachers at school call him "Tech Support" because he fixes all computer and electronic issues at school ... I could go on and on about how incredible he is!
But unfortunately bullying has been a part of his daily life ever since he was 4 years old. Kids pick on him because he's different. In fact, more than 60% of children getting bullied are children with special needs. Helping him to be the happy and healthy teenager that he is today despite of all the heartache he'd been enduring at school has been the most challenging and the most rewarding thing I have ever done as a parent and is what got me on this wonderful journey.
First as the parent representative for special need children at his school and then as a board member of the CAC in Capistrano Unified School District, for years I have been organizing Ability Awareness Programs that teach tolerance, acceptance and understanding towards children with different abilities. There are so many amazing lessons that each program provides but soon I realized there's so much more that we need to talk about and teach our children. We need to make sure they know how to handle bullying when it happens to them, or if they see it happen to someone else, or they themselves have tendencies to bully. Then comes the parents, the educators and the schools. Many themselves don't know the proper way to handle bullying and each one's responsibility is so essential and yet different. We need to make sure they all have the guidance they need as well to lead our next generation towards a bully-free, united, interconnected humanistic path.
Here are a few other reasons why I started Ability Awareness Project: Bullying related suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among children and teens. 90% of 4th-8th graders experience some form of bullying or rejection but only about 20% of children who have been bullied tell an adult. 160,000 teens skip school everyday because of bullying. 75% of school shootings are directly linked to harassment and bullying against the shooter. Those who get bullied suffer from anxiety, depression, sleep and eating disorders that persists way into adulthood while bullies tend to continue the trend of abuse, violence, drugs, alcohol and by the age of 30, 40% of the boys who bullied at school had been arrested 3 or more times.
I can no longer stick my head in the sand and pretend this is not happening... and the status quo is unacceptable to me!
My goal is to provide simple and clear guidance in all topics related to bullying so our children can draw the line between right & wrong, know how to stand up for themselves as well as respecting others, learn what’s acceptable and what’s not (socially and online), what’s constructive and what’s destructive... and to understand the consequences of their words and actions NOW before it’s too late to talk about it all.