If you are looking for the BEST 150 SPECIAL NEEDS QUOTES then you have come to the right place!
As a mom of a child with special needs I know full well how important it is to connect with others in a similar position.
My strength and inner peace comes from knowing that I am alone.
My strength also comes from seeing other children with special needs not only survive but thrive and succeed in life with the love and support of others.
Quotes and uplifting, affirming words have always meant so much to me.
Sometimes a great quote manages to condense the feeling of hope, love, faith and resilience we need to live another beautiful day, even with the challenges that having a child with special needs presents us.
I present to you here my favorite 150 special needs quotes that I wish I could frame and present to every parent of a child with special needs.
I hope you find them to be as valuable as I have found hearing these words to be in my own perfectly imperfect life.
Without further ado, here are 150 SPECIAL NEEDS QUOTES to save and reference in the future.
1-Most people see what is, and never see what can be. Albert Einstein
2- You are now in a secret world. You’ll see things you never imagined: ignorance, rudeness, and discrimination. But you’ll also witness so many everyday miracles, and you’ll know it. You won’t think a milestone is just a milestone, you’ll know it’s a miracle. You’ll treasure things most people wouldn’t think twice about. You’ll become an advocate, an educator, a specialist, and a therapist, but most of all, you’ll be a parent to the most wonderful child. Geraldine Renton
3-Once you accept that your child will be different, not better or worse – just different – that’s the first step.
4-Parents of children with special needs create their own world of happiness and believe in things that others cannot yet see.
5-Parenthood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you’d have. It’s about understanding you child is exactly the person they are supposed to be. And, it you’re lucky, they might be the teacher who turns you into the person you’re supposed to be. The Water Giver
6-You’re not disabled by the disabilities you have, you are able by the abilities you have.
7-I don’t think the worst thing that could happen to me is raising a child with special needs. I think the worst thing is to raise a child who is cruel to those with special needs.
8-Embrace the unique way your child is blooming – even if it’s not in the garden you imagined.
9–God didn’t add another day in your life because you needed it, He added it because someone out there needs you. Unknown
10-What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise. Oscar Wilde
11-As special needs parents we don’t have the power to make life “fair” but we do have the power to make life joyful.
12–Sometimes God doesn’t change your situation because he’s trying to change your heart. Unknown
13-Parenting for special needs and “typical” kids is like a tightrope walk without a net. The only difference is that special needs parents know exactly how close the ground is. That perspective helps us appreciate everything so much more. Amy Kenny
14-Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have. Joan Ryan
15-It shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns. What matters is that we encourage them to never stop trying. Robert John Meehan
16-I have a child with special needs. I didn’t know if I would be strong enough. Turns out I am. And so are you. Lisa Thornbury.
17-A child with special needs requires love, guidance, encouragement, positive influence and a life teacher just like all other children.
18-It’s lonely but when you meet someone who gets it, it’s transforming. Melody Statham Cameron
19- Every survival kit should include a sense of humor. Unknown
20-There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one. Sue Atkins
21-A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different, each one is special, each one is beautiful.
22- Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes.
23- Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R. Swindoll
24-Children with special needs inspire a special love. Sarah Palin
25-Sometimes the things we can’t change end up changing us. Unknown
26-While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. Angela Schwindt
27-We prepare children best by both nurturing them and challenging them.
28-We are not special parents because we have special needs children. We are regular people who have become better human beings because of our special needs children.
29-Children with special needs need your love and support not sympathy. Mohd Uved
30–You have a choice each and every single day. I choose to feel blessed. I choose to feel grateful. I choose to be thankful. I choose to be happy. Unknown
31 – It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences. Audre Lorde
32 – So you're a little weird? Work it! A little different? OWN it. Better to be a nerd than one of the herd. Mandy Hale
33 – I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring. Tila Tequila
34 – At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time. Friedrich Nietzche
35 – Behind every strong person lies a broken child who had to learn to stand up and take no shit.
36 – Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand. Oprah Winfrey
37 – Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Billy Graham
38 – Fitting in allows you to blend in with everyone else, but being different allows you to be yourself, to be unique and to be more creative. Sonya Parker
39 – To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight and never stop fighting. E.E. Cummings
40 – Always hope for a miracle, but don't ignore the reality of the situation. Sylvia Phillips
41-Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge, and children with special needs inspire a very, very special love. Sarah Palin
42-Don’t focus on what she can’t do. Focus on what she can do. Like a boss. Lisa Thornbury
43 – God has placed you where you’re at in this very moment for a reason. Remember that and trust He is working everything out. Unknown
44 -Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation. It means understanding that something is what it is and there’s going to be a way through it. Michael J. Fox
45 – Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.' Mary Anne Radmacherquite
46- In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life. Janene Wolsey Baadsgard
47- Hang on tight and get ready for the wildest, saddest, happiest, most challenging and most rewarding ride of your life! Sylvia Phillips
48 -The kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways.
49- Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness, George Santayana
50- A diagnosis can’t predict the extraordinary love you will have for your child. Tara McCallan
51- Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.
52- Until you have a kid with special needs, you have no idea of the depth of your strength, tenacity and resourcefulness.
53- If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world. Elaine Dalton
54- Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had…and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. Linda Wooten
55- Children with special needs come into our lives, leaving footprints on our hearts and we are never the same.
56-Don’t focus on what she can’t do. Focus on what she can do.
57- Your child will teach you more than you will ever teach them. Melissa Noelle Brown Oliveras
58- Why fit in when you were born to stand out? Dr Seuss
59- There is something in you that the world needs. Unknown
60- Every child needs a champion; an adult who will never give up on them. Rita F. Pierson
61- God’s plan will always be greater and more beautiful than all of your disappointments. Unknown
62- Love people for who they are instead of judging them for who they are not. Unknown
63- If you judge people you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa
64- The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us but those who win battles we know nothing about. Unknown
65- Be kind for everything you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Unknown
66- Children with special needs are not sent to special parents. They make parents special. Unknown
67- Every child is gifted. They just unwrap their packages at different times. Unknown
68-You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Unknown
69- The things that make me DIFFERENT are the things that make me ME. A.A. Milne/Winnie the Pooh
70- You are not obligated to do everything a healthy person does. You are not obligated to be an inspiration. You are not obligated to hide your illness in order to make other people comfortable. You are allowed to know your limits. You are allowed to have bad days. You are allowed to stay in bed if you can’t get up to do anything but go to the bathroom. It is not your fault if other people leave you because of your illness. It is not your fault you are sick. You don’t have to apologise for something that is out of your control. Unknown
71- The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have a sensitivity, appreciation and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. Elizabeth Kubler Ros
72- Part of the problem with the word “disabilities” is that it immediately suggests an inability to see or hear or walk or do other things that many of us take for granted. But what of people who can’t feel? Or talk about their feelings? Or manage their feelings in constructive ways? What of people who aren’t able to form close and strong relationships? And people who cannot find fulfillment in their lives or those who have lost hope, who live in disappointment and bitterness and find in life no joy, no love? These, it seems to me, are the real disabilities. Fred Rogers
73- I think that everyone has something about themselves that they feel is their weakness… their 'disability.' And I'm certain we all have one, because I think of a disability as being anything which undermines our belief and confidence in our own abilities. Aimee Mullins
74- When you hear the word 'disabled,' people immediately think about people who can't walk or talk or do everything that people take for granted. Now, I take nothing for granted. But I find the real disability is people who can't find joy in life and are bitter. Teri Garr
75- Obviously, because of my disability, I need assistance. But I have always tried to overcome the limitations of my condition and lead as full a life as possible. I have traveled the world, from the Antarctic to zero gravity. My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically. Stephen Hawking
76- Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. Roger Crawford
77- There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet. William Frederick Halsey, Jr.
78- Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are. Bernice Johnson Reagon
79- Limitations live only in our minds. Jamie Paolinetti
80- God grant me the SERENITY to accept the things I cannot change, the COURAGE to change the things I can and WISDOM to know the difference. The Serenity Prayer
81- Time has a wonderful way of showing us what really matters.
82- The way we spend our time defines who we are. Jonathan Estrin.
83- You were not made to be perfect. You were made to be authentic. Embrace your real life and find joy in it. Angie Kaffman
84- A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities while an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry Truman
85- Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller
86- Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.
87- Children with disabilities are like butterflies with a broken wing. They are just as beautiful as all others but they need help to spread their wings. Unknown
88- The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Ralph Waldo Emerson
89- No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. Charles Dickens
90 – Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body. Seneca
91- That which does not kill us makes us stronger. Friedrich Nietzsche
92- Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill
93- The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
94- Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding. Robert John Meehan
95 – Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities. Terry Josephson
96- Guilt is to the spirit what pain is to the body. Elder David A. Bednar
97- It’s not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings. Anna Landers
98- Love people enough to tell them the truth and respect them enough to trust that they can handle it. Yanla
99- Be honest with your kids. Because you see your past in their eyes and they see the future in yours. Nishan Panwar
100- Sometimes the truth hurts and sometimes it feels real good. Henry Rollins
101- The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. Peggy O’Mara
102 -Listen earnestly to anything that your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all it has always been the big stuff. Catherine M. Wallace
103- It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are. Roy E. Disney
104- Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. William Arthur Ward
105- Showing gratitude is one of simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other. Randy Pausch
106- The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt
107 -You have permission to walk away from anything that doesn’t feel right. Trust your instincts and listen to your inner-voice – it’s trying to protect you. Bryant McGill
108- Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success. Bo Bennett
109 -Expectation is the mother of all frustration. Antonio Banderas
110 – They laugh at me because I am different. I laugh at them because they’re all the same. Kurt Cobain
111- Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However there are times when it takes more strength to know when to let go and then do it. Ann Landers
112 -Love in such a way that the person you love feels free. Thich Nhat Hanh
113 -A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road. Henry Ward Beecher
114 -A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles. Mignon McLaughlin
115 – Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect, and I don’t live to be, but before you start pointing fingers…make sure your hands are clean! Bob Marley
116 – We tend to judge others by their behavior and ourselves by our intentions. Albert Schlieder
117 -There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds. Laurell K. Hamilton
118 -Before you judge me, make sure you’re perfect. Clint Eastwood
119 -If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care. Marvin J. Ashton
120 -Don’t make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement you can completely transform your life. Miguel Angel Ruiz
121- Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than You! Dr. Seuss
122 – Peace is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it. Dorothy Thomas.
123 – I don’t know a single person in life that doesn’t have conflict. Joaquin Phoenix
124 – Failure is only an opportunity to begin again. Only this time more wisely. Henry Ford
125 – Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. Thomas S. Monson
126 – Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole stair case. Martin Luther King Jr.
127 -Living in the moment is being aware of the moment we are in. If our minds are in the past or future we are not truly alive in the present. Satsuki Shibuya
128 -He said, “There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.” Dalai Lama
129 -Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life. Mark Twain
130 -The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt
131- In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. R. Frost
132 – Everything will be okay in the end. And if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.
133- Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller
134- Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Jack Canfield
135 – You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Henry David Thoreau
136 – Two roads diverged in a word, and I – I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
137 – By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before. Edwin Elliot
138 – Don’t doubt your value. Don’t run from who you are. Aslan
139 – Being different is good. Embrace it. Simon Cowell
140 – We are all born originals. Edward Young
141 – Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can’t be in life. Meg Medina
142- Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so you are insulting yourself. Bill Gates
143 – What sets you apart can sometimes feel like a burden and it’s not. And a lot of the time, it’s what makes you great. Emma Stone
144 – You can only make a difference by being different. Rick Warren
145 – Don’t be afraid of being different. Be afraid of being the same as everyone else.
146 – There’s nothing wrong with standing out and being different. Jaylon Hillsman
147 – I am different. Not less. Tempe Grandin
148 – You will never influence the world by being just like it.
149 – It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone. Hans F. Hansen
150 – We should celebrate diversity – the world would be poorer and life duller if we were all the same. Neil Milliken
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