“Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”
Mahatma Ghandi


Bullying takes many forms. Individuals with disabilities, namely Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), are common targets of this manipulation. Children, adolescents, and adults with ASD are most vulnerable to bullying, as cognitive/communicative differences, comprehension of social situations, and sensitivity to sensory input easily reveal noticeable areas of weakness and/or difference. Manipulative bullying, coerced friendships, and/or cyber-bullying are common factors in the social component of their lives. Secondarily, those with ASD commonly become involved in the related imbalance of power. Effects of such controlling “power” can be very debilitating. Mosaics© will teach a thorough model of advocacy/disclosure and self- determination. Teaching self-advocacy and disclosure skills is a necessary part of educating individuals in the spectrum. Mastery and use of these skills are necessary to reach maximum levels of potential for success. The majority of students with ASD and other disabilities graduate with little knowledge of these vital life skills for independent use. Insufficient knowledge/use can pose difficulties for adults in the spectrum who attempt further education, employment, relationships, use of public transportation, and other related areas in life. It is never too late to teach anyone to advocate for themselves, as it is truly a lifelong process.

Upon completion of The Finish Line© program, participants will be able to:
• Advocate with effective disclosure of needs to gain accommodations
• Recognize rights and responsibilities
• Identify types of bullying with increased recognition
• Independently use techniques to control stress/anxiety
• Successfully engage in role play to prepare for functional use in private or public sectors
• Handle imbalance of power with appropriate, model social behavior
• Cross the finish line and leave negative treatment and disruptive factors behind