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Raising a child with special needs, to bring the child to a world of happiness and believe in things that society often puts to the sidelines, van be more difficult than it can seem.

It is a challenge for a special needs parent to help the children create their own world, to make life joyful for them, as special needs create special demands. But then again we don't give up on ourselves, as bitter trials can often turn out to blessings.

The strength that drives special needs parents to make life fair for their children, to make life joyful amidst harsh circumstances, to give them happiness and believe in the spirit of hope and healing is miraculous. It is hard, these are things that others cannot comprehend. But then again, life goes on.

So, believe in things that bring you a world of happiness, give your children the power to make life fair, help them create their own world, and live beautifully. If you have a child with special needs, then these quotes will really make it worthwhile for you. They provide inspiration for children with special needs as well as special needs parents. The tough life that a child with special needs leads at the end of the day is truly something many of us can't imagine. It is a fight kept within special needs children and a special needs parent and it is no wonder that special needs children require motivation. So, if you have a child with special needs or regularly meet children with special needs, these quotes will help you!

For more related content, do see [special education quotes] and you can do anything quotes.

Quotes About Special Needs

These special needs quotes are a must-read for all. These are quotes for both special needs parents and and they are inspiring as well.

1. "Once you choose hope, anything’s possible."

- Christopher Reeve.

2. "Every child is a different kind of flower that altogether make this world a beautiful garden."

- Unknown.*

3. "Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying “I will try again tomorrow!"

- Mary Anne Radmacher.

4. "Being a mother is learning about the strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed."

- Linda Wooten.

5. "Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit into boxes."

- Tori Amos.

6. "It shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns. What matters is that we encourage them to never stop trying."

- Robert John Meehan.

7. "All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them."

- Magic Johnson.

8. "If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others."

- Dr. Haim Ginott.

9. "Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work."

- Dr. John Trainer.

10. "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.

11. "I don’t need easy. I just need possible."

- Bethany Hamilton.

12. "You can only make a difference by being different."

- Rick Warren.

13. "Why fit in when you were born to stand out?"

- Dr. Seuss.

14. "They laugh at me because I am different. I laugh at them because they’re all the same."

- Kurt Cobain

15. "By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before."

- Edwin Elliot.

16. "And though she be little, she is fierce."

- Shakespeare.

17. "Promise me you’ll always remember… you’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved move than you know."

- Christopher Robin.

18. "Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me … Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."

- Shel Silverstein.

19. "We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us!"

- Joseph Campbell.

20. "Most people see what is and never see what can be."

- Albert Einstein.

21. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

- Helen Keller.

22. "God’s plan will always be greater and more beautiful than all of your disappointments."

- Unknown.*

23. "The only disability in life is a bad attitude."

- Scott Hamilton.

24. "Believe you can and you’re halfway there."

- Theodore Roosevelt.

25. "Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be."

- Rita Pierson.

26. "Peace is not the absence of conflict but the ability to cope with it."

- Dorothy Thomas.

27. "When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails."

- H. Jackson Brown.

28. "With tremendous burdens often come enormous gifts. The trick is to identify the gifts, and glory in them."

- Dr. Maya Shetreat-Klein.

29. "Never let anyone dis your ability to make the right choices regarding your child’s disabilities."

- Lisa Thornbury.

30. "A diagnosis can’t predict the extraordinary love you will have for your child."

- Tara McCallan.

31. "In all kinds of ways- if we are willing, our children take us into places in our hearts we didn’t know existed."

- Dr. Shefali Tsabary.

32. "Embrace the unique way your child is blooming – even if it’s not in the garden you imagined."

- Unknown.*

33. "The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears."

- Ellen Goodman.

Must Read Special Needs Quotes

A special needs quote will boost your spirit.

These special needs quotes are a picture of those very things that others cannot yet see. Read the quotes to understand the life of those with special needs, and preach equality. All beings are significant. These quotes show that being different is not all that bad.

34. "Parenting a special-needs child is hard work. It is physically exhausting, mentally and emotionally draining, time-consuming, and often times, very, very lonely."

- Patrick Baldwin.

35. "All children with special needs have a right to be part of a family, a community and society. "

- Angela Dare.

36. "If society were more inclusive in its structure and nature, there would be no need to have 'special needs' policies or even to label children as having 'special needs.'"  

- Penny Tassoni.

37. "My heroes are the parents of people with intellectual disabilities. They fight this fight 365 days a year, 7 days a week, all day, all night. Parents of kids with special needs are never done."    

- Anthony Kennedy Shriver in ‘You Can Be BRAVE’, directed by Jennifer Camota Luebke.

38. "Never let anyone dis your ability to make the right choices regarding your child’s disabilities."    

- Lisa Thornbury.

39. "The siblings of special needs children are quite special. Absolutely accepting and totally loving, from birth, someone who is different mentally, and has a different way of seeing the world, is a wonderful trait."

- Sally Phillips.

40. "The past haunts and the future taunts. This is particularly true if you love a child with special needs."    

- Lisa Thornbury.

41. "It shouldn’t matter how slowly a child learns. What matters is that we encourage them to never stop trying."    

- Robert John Meehan.

42. "If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others."    

- Dr. Haim Ginott.

43. "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.

44. "I thought I’d teach my child about the world. Turns out I’m teaching the world about her."

- Unknown.

45. "Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did—that everything involving our children was painful in some way."

- Debra Ginsberg.

46. "The human heart was not designed to beat outside the body and yet, each child represented just that a parent’s heart bared, weather forever outside its chest."

- Debra Ginsberg.

47. "Children with special needs aren’t sent to special parents, they make parents special."

- Unknown.

48. "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."

-Geraldine Renton.

49. "Hang on tight and get ready for the wildest, saddest, happiest, most challenging and most rewarding ride of your life!"

- Sylvia Phillips.

50. "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.

51. "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."

- Helen Keller.

52. "Motherhood is about raising and celebrating the child you have, not the child you thought you would have."

- Joan Ryan.

Inspirational Quotes To Help You Deal With Special Needs

These quotes are not just for special needs parents, but will inspire you and others if you have children with special needs. It'll help you battle through the tough times.

53. "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.

54. "A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles."

- Mignon McLaughlin.

55. "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.

56. "Love in such a way that the person you love feels free."

- Thich Nhat Hanh.

57. "Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it."

- Ann Landers.

58. "Expectation is the mother of all frustration."

- Antonio Banderas.

59. "Frustration, although quite painful at times, is a very positive and essential part of success."

- Bo Bennett.

60. "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.

61. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

- Franklin D. Roosevelt.

62. "Showing gratitude is one of simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other."

- Randy Pausch.

63. "Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."

- William Arthur Ward.

64. "It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are."

- Roy E. Disney.

65. "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.

66. "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."

- Peggy O’Mara.

67. "Sometimes the truth hurts and sometimes it feels real good."

- Henry Rollins.

68. "Be honest with your kids. Because you see your past in their eyes and they see the future in yours."

-  Nishan Panwar.

69. "We should celebrate neurodiversity – the world would be poorer and life duller if we were all the same."

- Neil Milliken.

70. "It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone."

- Hans F. Hansen.

71. "I am different. Not less."

- Tempe Grandin.

72. "There’s nothing wrong with standing out and being different."

- Jaylon Hillsman.

73. "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.

74. "Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world. If you do so you are insulting yourself."

- Bill Gates.

75. "Take care not to listen to anyone who tells you what you can and can’t be in life."

- Meg Medina.

76. "We are all born originals."

- Edward Young.

77. "Being different is good. Embrace it."

- Simon Cowell.

78. "By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before."

- Edwin Elliot.

79. "Two roads diverged in a word, and I – I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference."

- Robert Frost.

80. "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."

- Pablo Casals.

81. "Everything you want is on the other side of fear."

- George Addair.

82. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."

- Helen Keller.

83. "In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on."

- R. Frost.

84. "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.

85. "Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful of your life."

- Mark Twain.

86. "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.

87. "Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole stair case."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

88. "Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier."

- Thomas S. Monson.

89. "Failure is only an opportunity to begin again. Only this time more wisely."

- Henry Ford.

90. "I don’t know a single person in life that doesn’t have conflict."

- Joaquin Phoenix.

91. "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than You!"

- Dr. Seuss.

92. "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.

93. "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.

94. "Before you judge me, make sure you’re perfect."

- Clint Eastwood.

95. "There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds."

- Laurell K. Hamilton.

96. "We tend to judge others by their behavior and ourselves by our intentions."

- Albert Schlieder.

Special Needs Parents Quotes

These quotes are dedicated to those hardworking special needs parents, who've dedicated all their soul and energy to the upbringing of their children. Kudos to them!

97. "Love people enough to tell them the truth and respect them enough to trust that they can handle it."

- Yanla.

98. "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.

99. "Guilt is to the spirit what pain is to the body."

- Elder David A. Bednar.

100. "Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities."

- Terry Josephson.

101. "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.

102. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

- Eleanor Roosevelt.

103. "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

- Winston Churchill.

104. "That which does not kill us makes us stronger."

- Friedrich Nietzsche.

105. "Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body."

- Seneca.

106. "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."

- Charles Dickens.

107. "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

108. "Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."

- Helen Keller.

109. "A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities while an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties."

- Harry Truman.

110. "You were not made to be perfect. You were made to be authentic. Embrace your real life and find joy in it."

- Angie Kaffman.

111. "The way we spend our time defines who we are."

- Jonathan Estrin.

112. "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.

113. "Limitations live only in our minds."

- Jamie Paolinetti.

114. "Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you; they’re supposed to help you discover who you are."

- Bernice Johnson Reagon.

115. "There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet."

- William Frederick Halsey, Jr.

116. "Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional."

- Roger Crawford.

117. "Don’t be disabled in spirit as well as physically."

- Stephen Hawking.

Special Needs Quotes For Teachers

A special needs quote will motivate you to be hopeful.

Special needs create special requirements. It is a teacher who turns against the difficulties and shows the right path to the student. Read the quotes, let them inspire you, for you might be the teacher someday.

118. "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.

119. "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.

120. "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."

- Fred Rogers.

121. "Beautiful people do not just happen."

- Elizabeth Kubler Ros.

122. "The things that make me different are the things that make me me."

- A.A. Milne.

123. "If you judge people you have no time to love them."

- Mother Teresa.

124. "Every child needs a champion; an adult who will never give up on them."

- Rita F. Pierson.

125. "Your child will teach you more than you will ever teach them."

- Melissa Noelle Brown Oliveras.

126. "If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world."

- Elaine Dalton.

127. "Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness."

- George Santayana.

128. "In the end, I am the only one who can give my children a happy mother who loves life."

- Janene Wolsey Baadsgard.

129. "Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge, and children with special needs inspire a very, very special love."

-  Sarah Palin.

130. "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.

131. "Take one day at a time. Today, after all, is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."

- Billy Graham.

132. "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.

133. "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.

134. "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.

135. "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences."

- Audre Lorde.

136. "While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."

- Angela Schwindt.

137. "Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children."

- Charles R. Swindoll.

138. "There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one."

- Sue Atkins.

139. "It’s lonely but when you meet someone who gets it, it’s transforming."

- Melody Statham Cameron.

140. "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.

141. "What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise."

- Oscar Wilde.

142. “Parents of children with special needs create their own world of happiness and believe in things that others cannot yet see.”

- Unkown*

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for special needs quotes then why not take a look at [family first quotes], or [preschool teacher quotes]?

*Do you know where this quote originated? Please email us to let us know at [email protected]

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