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Voice: Special needs kids are heaven's very special children

February 19, 2002

This is in response to Mr. Woeten's ignorant words about special needs children. First of all, you, along with many other people need to be educated about "special needs children." I am a mother of a 12-year-girl who was born with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other disabilities that don't allow her to walk, talk, read or do "normal" things like a "normal" child.

By your assumption and ignorance these children's parents are labeled "druggies" So how can an educator of many years take it upon himself to remotely suggest that special needs children are "drug babies." Even "drug babies" have special needs. These babies did not ask to take drugs. These babies were not given a choice in how to start their lives and these babies should not be an embarrassment to our society, much less labeled.

To us parents with such special needs children, it is a privilege to care for and love one of God's most precious gifts. I hope the following poem makes you realize that we are all God's children and no matter how one is born, we should just love them and care for them as if they were just "normal."


Heaven's Very Special Child

A meeting was held quite far from the earth

"It's time again for another birth"

Said the Angels to the Lord above,

"This special child will need much love."

Her progress may seem very slow,

Accomplishments she may not show.

And she'll require extra care

From the folks she meets way down there.

She may not run or laugh or play,

Her thoughts may seem quite far away.

In many ways she won't adapt

And she'll be known as handicapped.

So let's be careful where she's sent,

We want her life to be content.

Please, Lord, find the parents who

Will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away

The leading role they're asked to play.

But with this child sent from above

Comes stronger faith and richer love.

And soon they'll know the privilege given

In caring for this gift from heaven

This precious charge, so meek and mild

Is Heaven's Very Special Child.



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