The idea for the project developed from real life cases were people with learning disabilities who were in employment were victims of harassment and bullying both in the workplace and through cyberbullying. Stepping Stones has worked with some young adults who have experienced both bullying in the workplace in which it was so severe, their health suffered and they were reluctant to enter employment again. Others have experienced bullying amongst their peer group whilst in vocational training.
Although there is extensive research and papers written about workplace bullying across Europe there are little or none that focus on work place bullying and how it affects adults with learning disabilities and learning difficulties. Research in relation to bullying has focused on how it affects children with a learning disability with key survey findings from Mencap stating that 8/10 children with a learning disability are bullied, 6/10 have been physically hurt by bullies and 8/10 stated that they were scared to go out because they were frightened they might be bullied. Bullying wrecks lives, leading to social exclusion and unemployment in adulthood.
Apart from smaller projects or single web sites there is very little or no coordinated activities targeting the bullying problem for adults with learning disabilities in the labour market. As a result of the Let me be Me project people with learning disabilities will have access to a research based training tool kit in order to address bullying in the work place and as a result be able to be active in the labour market and sustain a healthy life as an valued employee.