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BY Joe Young

13 Special Needs Videos that went Viral in 2015

2015 had many heartwarming moments that were shared via social media, and we decided to put them all in one place for our readers to enjoy.

In case you missed any of these fantastic moments in the special needs realm this year, take some time and watch all of these amazing videos!

1. Lebron James surprises Special Olympian in Boston


LeBron James provided a huge surprise for a young fan in Boston who was being recognized for a recent MVP award at a Special Olympics event.

See more on CBS Sports…

2. The Story of MattyB & Sarah Grace


Sarah is special to all four of older brothers – but MattyB also likes to tease her. Love, teasing and a strong-willed little girl is what this video is all about. And, Sarah shows that even though she was born with Down Syndrome, she has never let it get her down.

See more on People…

3. Meet the Gutsy Dad That Started a Car Wash to Help His Son Find Purpose


Started by the father-and-son team of John and Tom D’Eri, Rising Tide Car Wash gives their son and brother, Andrew, who was identified as an autistic individual at the age of three, and its other employees the chance to lead a fulfilling life.

See more on the Rising Tide Car Wash website…

4. This Man Is Giving His Software Away For Free To Help People With Disabilities


Julius Sweetland, creator of OptiKey, has created software that links to an eye tracking device to help eliminate the frustration of language barriers for persons with special needs.

See more on BuzzFeed…

5. Teen with Autism Films Bullying Video using Selfie Stick


Ryan suffers from Asperger’s syndrome – a form of autism that affects language and behavioral development in children. In his black and white video entitled “Tomorrow,” the teenager says: “Will I ever know what it’s like to get out of bed without feeling reluctant or stand on my own two feet without falling or stumbling?”

See more on Mirror Online…

6. #ForEveryKid: Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities +


In the honor of #GivingTuesday, this video helps to make education more inclusive #ForEveryKid. Google is teaming up with, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for teachers, to make it easier to fund as many special education projects as possible.

See more at DonorsChoose…

7. Meet The Rap Group Challenging Our View On Disabilities [INSIGHTS] | Elite Daily


Zulu P is a group of four developmentally challenged rappers who create some wild beats. This outlet’s first meeting, however, was filled with a range of emotions: intrigue, awe, and — admittedly — discomfort. The latter probably stemmed from pity, but nonetheless felt typical of most people who, instead of acknowledging the difficult things in life, look away because it’s easy.

See more on Elite Daily…

8. Sesame Street & Autism: Highlight Reel


Sesame Street & Autism: See Amazing in All Children, is a nationwide initiative aimed at families with children ages two to five years old. Developed with input from parents, autism service providers and people with autism, See Amazing in All Children fosters an affirming narrative around autism for all families and kids.

See more on Sesame Street…

9. Boy with Autism Saves Classmate After Seeing Heimlich Maneuver on Spongebob


SpongeBob and Patrick are back in the real world, and this time they are here to stay! This episode marks the official start to the brand new YouTube series “SpongeBob In Real Life” with more episodes coming soon!

See more on SILive…

10. Artist Invents Tools That Enable Kids With Disabilities To Paint


Dwayne Szot is an artist that has committed his career to inventing tools that enable kids with disabilities to paint, draw, blow bubbles –- pretty much do anything any typical child gets to do.

See more on Huffington Post…

11. Luke Kuechly Surprises Girl with Cerebral Palsy, Autism as Date to 21st Birthday Party

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When asked what she wanted for her birthday, Jessica said she had one dream, “to meet Carolina Panthers player Luke Kuechly and give him one of my famous hugs.” Jessica had a 21st birthday party where she could dance from her wheelchair and hang out with her friends, with the help of Dream on 3, an organization that helps children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, or life-altering conditions.

See more on WBTV…

12. Teacher Takes Time to Compliment Special Needs Students

Children learn to love or hate at an early age.I think it’s time we actively work towards teaching love and acceptance.

Posted by Special Books by Special Kids on Sunday, November 15, 2015


Chris Ulmer helps students at his special needs school by taking around 10 minutes to compliment them every day. Ulmer also runs his own multi-media outreach project “Special Books by Special Kids.” According to the website, part of his mission is to share stories from children with special needs across the world.

See more on The Mighty…

13. Special Needs Student Celebrates Getting his First Job

A young man with special needs in north Texas has three goals before he turns 21: He wants to get a job, get strong, and get a girlfriend. Well, he can now cross at least one of those off of his list.

Read more here…

Tell us about your favorite videos from 2015 below and don’t forget to check out the best videos from 2014 here!

Joe Young

Written on December 31, 2015 by:

Marketing and Communications Manager for Friendship Circle of Michigan.