Bullying and Children with Disabilities

Bullying – no one likes it.  But it still exists.  There is always potential for bullying in a school setting. This potential is increased when a child has a disability. Despite efforts by schools and governments to stop bullying, the mind of a child often creates a bullying situation, even if it is not meant to be mean. 


No one knows for sure why a child will bully another. There are many theories and presumptions, but not a single specific cause. Parents are better off focusing on making changes to routines and activities for all children involved in a situation instead of just sitting back and asking “why?” 


Some of the changes that a parent or teacher can make to a situation where bullying is occurring or has the potential to occur include: 



• Creating high-interest activities where all children in the group play an essential part in the solution to the activity. Teamwork helps others overlook differences. 

• Create a buddy system for children that have special needs so that they are never in the position to be alone and get bullied. 

• Create adaptive challenges in the classroom and allow all children to get involved so that they can get first-hand knowledge of doing something with a disability. Include the disabled children by giving them a different challenge to try to adapt to in the classroom. This is a very enlightening exercise for everyone, including the disabled child who may think their disability is the only one or the most difficult. It teaches everyone that each person may have things they need to adjust in their lives. 

• Reward good behavior. This is always a benefit for children, especially younger ones. 


Parents will always be overprotective of their children. This is even more true for children with disabilities. Parents want to shield and protect them from the actions of others. Trying a different approach of making everyone inclusive almost always has a better outcome and gives the children with disabilities more self-confidence in the process. 


There are many different resources available for children with disabilities. StopBullying.gov has wonderful information about how to help children with disabilities and bullying. Other areas of research include the ADA and several different disability-focused non-profit sites.  


Parents are also encouraged to talk with their children about being a bully and about being bullied. Explain to them what they should do and who they should contact if they are being harassed or harmed by another child or group of children. Empowering your children with this information will give them the strength and courage they need to overcome this type of situation. 


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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).