Disability hate crime lesson plan - Key Stage 3 (KS3) and Key Stage 4 (KS4) - Stay Safe Partnership


#ImWithSam: raising awareness of learning disabilities and autism.

Resources look at:

  • raising awareness and challenging perceptions of people with learning disabilities and autism as part of a diverse society
  • asks pupils to reflect on the impact of ways in which people with learning disabilities and autism are perceived, judged, described and treated
  • explores how to question, challenge and change these behaviours

Lesson plan and resource pack for staff to deliver a 60-minute lesson.

  • Demonstrate an increased understanding and awareness of people with learning disabilities and autism within a diverse society;
  • recognise disablist language and bullying: how, where and why it happens and the potential physical and emotional impacts of these behaviours on people with learning disabilities and autism and the communities to which they belong;
  • describe or demonstrate ways of challenging disablist language, bullying, discrimination and prejudice;
  • identify and evaluate steps that have been taken or could be taken in law and in the community, to change attitudes towards and support people with learning disabilities and autism

H2: To recognise that the way in which personal qualities, attitudes, skills and achievements are evaluated by others, affects confidence and self-esteem.

R27: About the unacceptability of sexist, homophobic, biphobic, transphobic, racist and disablist language and behaviour, the need to challenge it and how to do so.

R28: To recognise bullying and abuse in all its forms (including prejudice-based bullying both in person and online/via text, abuse, exploitation and trafficking) and to have the skills and strategies to manage being targeted or witnessing others being targeted.

R29: The support services available should they feel, or believe others feel, they are being abused or in an unhealthy relationship and how to access them.

L3: The similarities, differences and diversity among people of different race, culture, ability, disability, sex, gender identity, age and sexual orientation and the impact of stereotyping, prejudice, bigotry, bullying and discrimination on individuals and communities.

L4: Strategies for safely challenging stereotyping, prejudice, bigotry, bullying and discrimination when they witness or experience it in their daily lives.

Service Description

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated, or perceived to be motivated, by hostility or prejudice based upon the victim’s:

  • race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins
  • religion or belief
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexual orientation
  • disability
  • age

Everyone has a right to live without fear and harassment and if an offender targets a victim because of how they look, their gender identity, sexuality or because of their beliefs, the law provides additional penalties.

"Hate crime can wreck lives. It creates a huge mental health problem for people with learning disabilities and autism – people who often don’t have the ability to understand or cope with it." Mark Brookes, Dimensions hate crime ambassador



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