The standard punishment is often just probation.
But state Sen. Tom Killion’s proposed legislation that would expand hate crime laws to cover people with disabilities.
"It’s nothing new," he said. "It's not rocket science. It’s just taking the same protections we currently give for race, color, religion, national origin to those with disabilities. It just makes perfect sense."
Karen, a self-advocate at the Arc, hopes the legislation gets support.
"It’s sad and scary to know that someone wants to hurt a person just because they have a disability," she said.
"We need laws to help protect those with disabilities, because to a bully someone with a disability is a target," Hogan added.