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New Comic Book Helps Teens and Adults with Disabilities Stop Abuse, Bullying and Violence


San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 26, 2012

The Fullpower Safety Comics book helps people with disabilities learn to protect themselves from abuse, bullying and violence. The book is the latest in the Safety Comics series from Kidpower.org, a nonprofit leader in personal safety and confidence building education and services. The newest Safety Comics book makes learning personal safety skills accessible and fun for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities or limited literacy skills.

We have found that comics engage people of all ages and abilities, by being both entertaining and giving important information, says author Irene van der Zande, executive director and founder of Kidpower. The Fullpower Safety Comics helps teens and adults, including those with limited reading or spoken language abilities, learn and practice physical and social skills to help keep them safe from bullying, abuse and other violence.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s most recent studies on Crimes Against People with Disabilities show that teens and adults with a disability experienced violence and abuse at close to twice the rate of those without a disability in 2010. The study also notes that people with a cognitive disability had the highest rate of violent victimization.

Educators and therapists use the Fullpower Safety Comics to teach students and patients how to build personal safety awareness and skills. “Many of my clients are teens and adults with developmental disabilities who have already experienced bullying, abuse, or other violence, says John Luna Sparks, a licensed clinical social worker in Oakland, CA. I use the Fullpower Safety Comics even with those who can only read just a little. The entertaining illustrations,