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Think about the last time you were happy. What actually made you happy? Was it a person, an object, a situation, or a certain time of year?

 It takes a variety of different things for me to be genuinely happy. Personally, I know something that can always make me happy no matter what. Regardless how angry or frustrated I am, a person with special needs can make me happy.

 People with special needs have their own way of getting things done. Sometimes it may take them a little longer to get a very simple task completed.

  Though this may be the case they have something that no regular person possesses. They can easily light up any room they walk into.

 People with disabilities tend to beat the odds. They surprise people in so many different ways. So many people think that they are not capable of so many things.

   Think about it. People would have never thought someone with special needs could ever tie their shoes, or play a game of basketball, or even have their own job.

   But these things have all been done by people who have special needs. Some organizations that help provide opportunities for people with special needs are Athletes Helping Athletes, Incorporation and Hand-in-Hand sponsored by Saint Joseph’s University.

  Athletes Helping Athletes Incorporation or AHA, Inc. is an organization where athletes with special needs participate in sports with local high schools to satisfy their wish to participate in sports.

   The athlete with special needs is the Honorary Team Captain for the home team which they are participating with. Most high school athletes that participate with AHA, Inc. love every minute of the experience and become friends with the person they shared an athletic experience with.

   This foundation has been around for fourteen years and is still thriving.

  Saint Joseph’s campus sponsors an event called Hand-in-Hand, which elevates awareness for people who have special needs and accepts them for it.

   Saint Joseph’s University will hold a carnival on their campus for the 38th time. Student volunteers from local high schools and Saint Joseph’ University pair up with an individual with special needs and hang out with them throughout an afternoon.

   During this time both the student and the person with special needs play carnival games and basketball, dance, take pictures, and eat lunch together.

 People with special needs are very determined and never give up. They are strong because they overcome their disability and shock so many people when doing so.

   Even if they accomplish the littlest thing, they usually are so happy because they achieved something on their own.

 This is what makes me absolutely happy and really interests me. Even though people have to wake up every day and live with their disability, they usually have a smile plastered on their faces no matter what.

 Seeing people with special needs live their lives to the fullest makes me so happy. I love seeing them make the most of everything they’re given. I love how no matter what they are handed, they never give up.

  I wish happiness came as easily to me as it does to those with special needs, then I would be able to find something as trivial as tieing my shoes as a great accomplishment.

   I hope more people can see how lucky they are and make the most of everything they are handed in life.  

   The world would be such a better place if not as many people took so many things for granted and made the most of every situation like most people with special needs do.

 

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