To understand a child’s special needs is to truly understand that every child is unique. I struggle with the term “special needs” within my own life. I think because you have to remember this is all I have ever known. So therefore, I struggle to wrap the term special needs into my personal vocabulary, because well they are simply MY NEEDS.
That being said I do recognize that my cerebral palsy offers a vastly different view on life and has perhaps different challenges than most of you are familiar with, but I don’t like to think of them as special needs. I much rather prefer to think of myself as “differently-abled” because it may take me longer or I may have to do something to adapt a situation in my life, there is not much I can’t do.
I am an adult who has a disability, other than that my life is as normal and mundane as the next persons. I know that some of you may struggle with differently-abled and prefer to use special needs and I am ok with that. I have honestly never understood it within my own life, but I respect that some may be more comfortable with one term over another.
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