Someone To Look Up To - Compassion International

Special Needs

Special Needs. Children with special needs have only one dream in life - to fit in with other children. In the United States, children with disabilities have access to a multitude of support services to help make their dream a reality, from educational support to wheelchairs and more. This country is blessed with resources to help children with special needs live a normal and healthy long life. However, children born in developing countries face a different devastating reality. Oftentimes these children will never realize the dream of being like other normal children - in fact their circumstances will grow worse as time passes. But Compassion is changing this reality for thousands of children around the globe. Find out how you can help children with special needs in poverty.

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Eleven-year-old Bella looks up to her older brother Carter for showing strength even though his life can be tough.

Corwyn in Uganda with a boy who has special needs.

Carter, age 17, was born with a rare disorder that causes bones to grow abnormally and can lead to vision and hearing problems. He's had lots of operations to help his body work better.

Carter helps Bella with her homework and plays games with her and their 16-year-old brother Brayden. Carter's also a skilled video editor who made a video about this dream that all children with disabilities will get support. In his video, he points out that he has tools like a wheelchair, glasses, a hearing aid and doctors. "If I didn't have any of the resources I have right now," Carter says, then my life would probably be a lot different and a whole lot harder."

In poor countries, many disabled kids can't afford or access tools that could help them walk, learn and play. That's why Bella's church sponsors about 100 children with disabilities.

Bella and Carter said goodbye to Braydon and their dad, Corwyn, this year as the father and son left for an 18-day trip to Africa. In Uganda, they met many parents who said they wished for comfortable beds or wagons for their disabled children in poverty.

An easy way to improve the lives of all disabled children is to show them kindness and respect. Treat children with special needs "almost the exact same" as other children, Bella says, so they don't feel different.