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Tzvi Schectman
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The Top 10 Special Needs Videos That Inspired In 2014

Over the past year, there have been many heart warming videos about individuals with special needs. These videos have been inspiring to many millions of people around the world. Here are 10 of our favorites from 2014. Enjoy!

1. Grover Visits Twins with Autism and Their Sister

AJ and Garrett are 4-year-old identical twins with autism. Their 6-year-old sister Angelina told us (and Grover!) a lot about her brothers’ challenges and triumphs.
Read more at Mashable

2. Photographer with Down’s syndrome ‘sees the world differently’

Photographer Oliver Hellowell has Down’s syndrome. Oliver’s unique way of capturing the natural world has recently gained him a lot of fans.
Read more at BBC News

3. A Surprise Present

After waiting outside every week for the garbage truck to come a five year old boy with autism received a surprise gift from trash collector Manuel Sanchez.
Read more at Autism Speaks

4. Tough Love
A beautiful video tribute to moms of paralympic athletes. This video highlights the hard work.selflessness and devotion of the mothers to ensure their children participated in athletic events.
Read more on the Friendship Circle Blog

5. Aaron Gets his Caffeine Fix

Aaron Seldomridge, a 21-year-old with autism, has formed a special bond with Starbucks barista Anisa Dujnic.
Read more at Huffington Post

6. New restaurant staffed with deaf waiters

Your order will fall on deaf ears at a new Toronto restaurant — but that’s not a bad thing. In fact, that’s the whole point at Signs Restaurant, Canada’s first restaurant mostly staffed by deaf servers.
Read more at the Toronto Star

7. Standing Up To Bullies

Jake, a youngster with autism, stood up to the bullies in his class, speaking out during an exercise in the school gym. The courageous act was filmed as part of The Bully Project, a social action campaign to stop bullying.
Read more at the Huffington Post 

8. Happy

Watching people dance to almost any song is usually a happy experience. Watching those living with Down syndrome dance to the snappy beats of Pharrell’s soon-to-be-played-out “Happy” is something approaching joy.
Read More at Mashable

Jeweller with no fingers

A talented jeweller has found her own way to make miniature masterpieces worth thousands of dollars — despite being born with no FINGERS.
Read more in the Daily Mail

10. Mike Mullins National Anthem Performance

This video captures an amazing night for Mike Mullins. After several years of performing the National Anthem in Pawtucket, RI for the Pawtucket Red Sox, Mike was finally selected by the Boston Red Sox to sing the National Anthem for a home game. This video literally captures a dream coming true as Mike raises awareness for adults with disabilities while showcasing his amazing singing ability.

Tell us about your favorite video in the comments below and make sure to watch the best videos from 2013 here.

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Tzvi Schectman

Written on December 29, 2014 by:

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+

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