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Lauren Lewis
BY Lauren Lewis

The Top Special Needs Videos of 2013

Over the course of 2013, there have been many videos about individuals with special needs that have made you laugh, cry or feel inspired. Here are favorite special needs videos from 2013.

Tell us about your favorite video (provide a link) in the comments below.

1. A Special Letter in the Mail

Rion Holcombe, a 20 year old with Down syndrome, gets a special letter in the mail……and his dream come true, the chance to become a college student!

2. Mushy Finds His Voice

When he arrived at the school, Musharaf “Mushy” Asghar could barely talk, was badly bullied, and had just a 34 per cent attendance record. Watch Mushy as he finds his voice and delivers this amazing speech to his classmates. Share this with anyone who needs a little inspiration today!

3. Middle School Football Team Executes Life Changing Play

Steve Hartman of the CBS Evening News meets the Olivet Eagles, a middle school football team who took a fledgling player under their wing and executed what may be the most successful play of all time. Box of tissues needed for this one.

4. What It’s Like to Have a Brother with Autism

Spencer Timmes tells the world what it is like to have an older brother with autism, In this video Spencer shows how blessed he is to have Mitchel as his brother.

5. 3-D Printer Gives Boy a New Hand

Two years ago, Paul McCarthy began searching for an inexpensive yet functional prosthetic hand for his son Leon, who was born without fingers on one of his hands. McCarthy came across a video online with detailed instruction on how to use a 3-D printer to make a prosthetic hand for his son.

6. An Aaron Rodgers Surprise

Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers might be out for a few weeks with a fractured collarbone, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get one of his fans really, really excited.

7. Wheelchair Stunt Master Knows No Limits

Aaron Fotheringham, also known as Wheelz knows no limits. This wheelchair stunt master can do more tricks with his wheelchair than you can with a skateboard. Aaron Fotheringham has Spina Bifida and been using a wheelchair full time since he was 8. Check out his latest antics in the video above!

8. Zach Randolph Gives the Shirt Off His Back

In the spirit of the holidays, Zach Randolph takes off his shooting shirt and gives it to a young fan with special needs.

9. Laughing at Cerebral Palsy

Despite fearing he was being thrown to the lions, teenage comedian Jack Carroll had the audience rolling in the aisles from the moment he stepped onto the stage.  Check out why David pronounced him a “comedy genius” for his bold, brand of self-deprecating humour.

10. Across Indonesia in the Wheelchair

Sri Lestari spent 10 years confined to a wheelchair and stuck at home in Indonesia, after becoming paralysed in an accident. Now she’s gone from that, to not only overcoming her own paralysis, but daring to dream, acting on it and inspiring others to dream big too, by travelling 1,200km across Indonesia.

11. Non-verbal Child Sings Katy Perry’s Roar

The parents of Jack Robbins heard their nonverbal autistic son saying or singing something repeatedly every day and they thought it was meaningless sounds. UNTIL one day they really listened and figured out he was SINGING Katy Perry’s “Roar” song!

12. Don’t Limit Me

Watch Megan Bomgaars, a Denver youth with Down Syndrome whose forceful message of “DON’T LIMIT ME!” is a rallying cry for everyone!

13. Tim’s Place: Serving Up Smiles

Tim Harris, owner of Tim’s Place, is the country’s only restaurant owner with Down’s Syndrome, and the joy he gets from serving people good food carries over into his diner’s most famous export: hugs!

Lauren Lewis

Written on December 20, 2013 by:

Lauren Lewis began working at the Friendship Circle in May 2012 as the Communications and Event Coordinator. After participating in Dance Marathon at the University of Michigan and meeting some amazing kids with special needs, Lauren fell in love with the cause and never stopped advocating. When not at the Friendship Circle, she is wearing maize and blue and enjoying life in Detroit. You can connect with Lauren on LinkedIn.