Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $150,000)
The OJJDP FY 10 Earmarks Program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Conference Report to accompany the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-117), H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 111-366 at 702-714.
This project will continue to address a reduction of the victimization of 2,000 to 2,500 special education needs juveniles and other children with disabilities (i.e., autism, cerebral palsy, downs syndrome). This project will develop a Self-Determination and Anti-Bullying training curricula, to include interventional modules and online tools. Recognized experts in the fields of Self-Determination and Anti-Bullying are developing the educational tools and methods that are being incorporated into the programs of Friendship Circle. Once developed, adults (special education teachers, counselors, and volunteers) will be trained to avoid the bystander syndrome and will be taught appropriate responses to intervene when necessary in deteriorating social and physical situations. A variety of measures are proposed to evaluate the effectiveness of the training, transmittal of the skills, bystander behavioral changes, and improvements in the life skills of the targeted juveniles. NCA/NCF