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The Top 10 Inspiring Special Needs Videos Of 2012

Learn from the past what we can make better in the future. As 2012 comes to an end we look back at the past year for inspiration that will carry us in to 2013.

We looked back at some of the inspirational special needs videos from the past year and collected 10 of our favorites. What is your favorite special needs video from this year? Tell us about it in the comments below.

1. Boy Inspires Kids - Kids Inspire Us All (Amazing Finish)

[youtube=] Matt has Spastic Cerebral Palsy, but opted to run in Field Day at Colonial Hills Elementary School despite being given the option to sit it out and despite the incredible challenge of his disability. What transpires is a boy who is filled with determination and a school of children who spontaneously come together and inspire Matt and everyone of us to do and be better.

2. Kick Of Hope

[youtube=] College GameDay" profiles the inspirational story of Rutgers' superfan Anthony Starego, who has battled autism and recently kicked a game-winning field goal to help Brick upset Toms River North.

3. Eight Month Old Deaf Baby's Reaction To New Cochlear Implant

[youtube=] This 8 month old baby was born deaf, watch the moment as his cochlear implant is activated and he hears sound for the first time, and his mother's voice. Although uploaded in 2012. This video only went viral in 2012.

4. Never, Ever Give Up. Arthur's Inspirational Transformation!

[youtube=] Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again. With the help of Dallas Page Arthur is able to walk again. His story is proof, that we cannot place limits on what we are capable of doing, because we often do not know our own potential.

5. Twins Fighting Cancer Together

[youtube=] The story of two identical twins born with Down Syndrome and to make the challenge even greater they both are diagnosed with Leukemia.

6. Ethan Walmark and Piano Man

[youtube=] Ethan, a six year old on the autism spectrum plays a Billy Joel favorite.

7. 6-Year-Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy Walks to His U.S. Marine Father for the First Time

[youtube=] When this soldier was deployed their 6-year old son with Cerebral Palsy could not walk on his own. Upon his return Michael walked to his father for the first time.

8. Project Kailyn

[youtube=] A remarkable young girl, Kailyn Pieper, who cannot use her arms became the inspiration for a group of Marquette University student engineers and designers working on their senior project.

9. What would you do? How fellow diners react to a boy with autism

[youtube=] The TV Show, What Would You Do? examines how people in a restaurant cafe react when they see an autistic child acting out during their lunches and how a customer would react negatively to it.

10. Inspiring MasterChef USA Audition - Christine Ha: Blind Chef

[youtube=] Christine Ha a blind aspiring chef auditions in the reality food TV Show MasterChef. Christine manages to win a spot on the show and goes on to win MasterChef  

WRITTEN ON November 13, 2013 BY:

Tzvi Schectman

Tzvi Schectman is the Family Coordinator for the Friendship Circle of Michigan and the Editor of the the Friendship Circle Blog. You can connect with Tzvi on LinkedIn and Google+