Special Needs Kids Are All Around Us – Please Teach Acceptance

Last updated on October 11th, 2017 at 07:59 pm

Maybe I am sensitized to the topic, but it seems like everywhere I turn these days people are talking about special needs kids.  Sometimes it’s sad, like the Canadian boy who took his own life, and sometimes it’s joyful, like the radio DJ who asked, “What can we do better to help kids with special needs in our community?”

The Combating Autism Reauthorization Act (CARA) was passed by the Senate and signed by the President just days ago.  Clearly kids with special needs is a hot topic. I hope this is a trend toward acceptance.  Each time you see someone who is different you have a chance to teach your child that the person has rights in our society just by saying hello to them, holding a door open or even just smiling. Actions really do speak louder than words, and it may give you a chance to examine your own attitudes and prejudices.

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Editor’s Note:  The federal funding law for autism, was renewed in 2014 for another five years as the Autism CARES Act. The original law was signed by President George W. Bush and the 2011 and 2014 bills were signed by President Obama. Total funding under the act should exceed $3 billion by 2019 for autism research, services, training and monitoring by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

About the Author

Rosie Reeves is a writer and mother of three; including one with special needs. She works side-by-side with her daughter’s therapists, teachers and doctors. Rosie has also served as the Los Angeles Special Needs Kids Examiner and serves as a contributor on the Yahoo! Contributor Network. She can be reached at rosie327@aol.com.Rosie is a member of the PedSafe Expert team

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One Response to “Special Needs Kids Are All Around Us – Please Teach Acceptance”

  1. You’re absolutely right. These practices should also be used for everyday people everywhere. I try to be as super as I can be as often as possible.

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