Letter: Special needs children are special



Special needs children are special for a reason.

Granny and I, Grandpa, are the ones that smile when children cry in church. They bring life to lives, especially in church. We have a special needs grandson. He has a genetic condition called Angelman syndrome. He is always smiling and laughing. It used to be called the happy puppet syndrome. He is different but not really. At 15, he loves food and pretty girls!

But why do people stare and glare at him? He would love to share his happiness with you, but you look at him with contempt. Your body language gives you away. He ends up teaching us about love. So, I ask everyone this question: Is this the kind of example you want to set for your own children? Maybe you need to teach them to smile instead of glare. Maybe you need to come over and say hello. Parents would really appreciate this. You do this and attitudes will change. One person at a time can change society because it is contagious. Maybe I am being overly optimistic. Maybe you are that one person!  Make this a better place, one smile at a time.

Steve Russell, Westfield


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