Left to right: Mac, Mike and Andy speaking about bullying.
There are lots of presentations on the subject of bullying, but none quite like this. This presentation’s actors have personal experience with being bullied and the subject brings a lot of strong, hurtful emotions to the surface. Pain they hope no one else will ever have to face. That’s why they are trying to get the word out about bullying.
The idea began when several groups of self-advocates from different county boards of developmental disabilities around northwestern Ohio started talking at the Ohio Self Determination Association/PAR Conference. They decided to work together and put on a presentation that would allow them to tell their stories first-hand, and also give real action steps and facts about bullying. Mac Gilleland, Mike Metzger, and Andy Wells are part of the Ottawa County Board of DD, self-advocate group called S.A.S.S.Y. (Self-Advocates Sayin’ Something, Yeah!). Together with Sandusky County Board of DD’s self-advocacy group, they created a presentation called, “You Better Stop Bullying”, which is about anti-bullying and utilizes scenes from the movie, Grease.