Social media has shown us that everyday is a National Day for something. Well, our friends over at Friendship Circle Blog have comprised a handy calendar to mark all the Special Needs Awareness days in 2014 sorted by season. Click here to see it (While you are there, check out their other resources and posts. They have great articles for those serving people with special needs.)
The Olivet Middle School football team decided to surprise their coach and all their fans in a recent football game. Keith Orr is a football player with special needs. His mother signed him up for football to give him structure in his life, and at this particular football game, he was given the chance to shine! The star running back was on his way to score a touchdown, but instead of crossing the goal line he stopped and ended the play. His teammates planned a surprise play called the “Keith Special” where they would pass off the ball to Orr and protect him while he ran to score a touchdown! He was the star of the game!
The other day I was driving down the road and encountered a special needs man slowing trudging along the road. He was walking in the road because there was no shoulder. Cars were whizzing by without a thought. I turned around, which took a few minutes, got out of my car and eventually talked the man into getting off the road. Others eventually came to the scene who knew the man and all was well. I began to consider reasons why I thought no one stopped to help the man. What do you think motivates a person to help another, or what stops them from helping another?
– Pat Carpenter Bourgeois, Special Olympics Louisiana President and CEO