DisAbuse Project

The Project

DisAbuse aims to help tackle disablist bullying by learning from the experiences of Young People (15+) and Adults with Special Educational Needs with Disabilities (SEN/D), and in doing so creating bespoke resources to empower them.






DisAbuse involves 5 partners from 4 European countries:

  • IRELAND:  

DisAbuse targets the expansion and utilization of existing knowledge and experience of all participating partners, and most importantly the end users themselves, both in order to learn from one another and innovate a more interactive, relevant, and experiential based set of training materials.  Materials that may be used by both those with special education needs (SEN/D) and those that may be training to work with them as teachers/educators/carers or who already are.

The aim of these materials is to enhance

  • The knowledge and skills of educators and student educators to help them better understand the difficulties of those with SEN/D, training them in the use of the materials in the prevention and intervention of disablist bullying
  • The knowledge and skills of those most likely to be targeted by disablist bullying, fostering their increased socialization to a world in which they are often the most marginalised, by encouraging their direct input to the project and having both target groups train and learn together.

The training course once finalised will be directly applied to target users via the higher education partner organisations via workshops, over the course of the 2nd Year of the Project, from January 2019.  These workshops will be open to organisations, teachers, SEN/D users (15 yrs+ to Adult).  If you would like to register your interest in participation please contact lian.mcguire@dcu.ie

Current Progress:

  • 4. – Piloting/Evaluation of the DisAbuse Modules – The Irish Partners, ABC, DCU and IADT, in conjunction with Irish Service Users and Support Workers/Instructors/Teachers began the piloting and evaluation of the modules of the DisAbuse Training Project led by Fiona Weldon. With great interaction, participation and feedback thus far these sessions are running twice weekly in two cohorts, over three weeks from the 25th of February to the 13th of March on the campuses of St. Patricks and All Hallows, DCU in Drumcondra.
  • 3. – ABC, DCU, undertook the creation of the DisAbuse training course on combatting Disablist Bullying which is aimed at educating and empowering SEN/D users and those who work alongside them. It is a 6 day x 3 ½ hour modular course containing a 45min break at the midpoint each day.
  • 2. – A TransNational Report looking at reviewing policy, law, best practice and case studies from across the partner countries has been completed and is available on the DisAbuse website.
  • 1. – Following the launch of the Project website (www.disabuse.eu) the Repository portion of the website was launched.  The Repository hosts publications on bullying and disablist bullying, from across the partner countries (and beyond) along with those from the project as they are completed.

The 6 modules under the umbrella title of ‘Let’s Stop Bullying’ are:

  • Session 1 – What is Bullying and is Not
  • Session 2 – Dealing with Cyberbullying
  • Session 3 – Understanding Bystanders, Bullies & Victims
  • Session 4 – What are Respect & Empathy
  • Session 5 – What to do about Bullying
  • Session 6 – Keeping strong against Bullying

The modules are in PowerPoint format for use by trainers, incorporating visual aids and mp4s, along with role-play, group work sessions, and open discussions. An accompanying Trainers Manual has been drafted by ABC, DCU, providing a ‘Need to Know’ and ‘Step By Step’ guides for each of the 6 modules/day.  Input and feedback from target users was received and incorporated through the process and each module is designed as a building block for the users to increase their understanding and ability to both react and cope with disablist bullying. Each module is accompanied by handout documents intended for home use by the participants, and is currently being further augmented for online use and accessibility by the partners at IADT, and translated for use across the participating countries by the partners.

The DisAbuse project website (www.disabuse.eu) offers more information on the projects aims and activities. You can also follow DisAbuse on Facebook for updates. Also view the gallery for pictures on the DisAbuse Project updated regularly.