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“Even though he was frightened when a man started yelling at him on the bus, my student with intellectual disabilities knew how to keep himself safe.” ~ Rob, A Special Education High School Teacher

Thanks to generous donations from people like you, we are helping people with disabilities protect themselves from assault. We hear many stories from special education teachers and advocates, such as this one from Rob:

Teachers have joy when their students learn how to take charge of their safety and success.

“I work in a classroom with young adults who have intellectual disabilities and who are often out on their own on public transit. A few months after our Fullpower workshop, one of my students excitedly told me about what could have been a dangerous situation.

‘Yesterday I was on my way home on the bus when a big man started yelling that I was a retard and to get off the bus. At first I was scared, but then I remembered from our workshop how to throw away his words instead of taking them inside. I got up quickly and went to the bus driver to get help. When he didn’t understand, I told him again. He told me to sit on the seat near him. At the next stop, the bus driver told the man to leave people alone or to get off the bus.’

Without his Fullpower training, my student would probably have frozen or even gotten off at the wrong stop, which could have put him in danger. At best, he would have felt miserable for the rest of the day. Instead, he felt proud of himself for knowing what to do.

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Published: December 30, 2019   |   Last Updated: December 30, 2019

Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, and the Amazon Best Seller Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.


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