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Kids with disabilities learn to overcome bullying

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Kids might be out of school for the summer, but bullying doesn't take a break. Friday, kids learned how to overcome bullying.

During the 2017 Youth Leadership Academy put on by Learning Opportunities Quality Works, and County Connections, children with disabilities learned to boost their self-image and overcome bullying.

"It's most important today for them to take away that they have unique talents and abilities," Service Coordinator Director at County Connections, Kim Buchman said. "They should love that and share that with other people and not be brought down by the negative comments."

Buchman said kids with disabilities are frequently targeted.

"Due to their unique abilities, they often are the targets of bullying. Sometimes they have struggles distinguishing when they are being bullied and whose a true friend," Buchman said. 

Jacob Ford has ADHD and participated in the leadership academy. He said he's often bullied. 

"There's some classmates of mine, we were walking back from agriculture and he pushed me down and started hitting me. It kind of made me feel bad because they started laughing at me. I got hit in the face so it's going to hurt. It made me feel hurt. "

He said the leadership academy has helped him cope with bullying.

"I overcome bullying by thinking of positive images and positive memories. That's what helps me," Ford said. 

This was the sixth annual youth leadership academy. Each year, the academy is focused on a different topic that affects youth in Northeast Missouri.
 

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