As a Christian, I believe everyone has value.  These inspiring videos show adults and children who have disabilities but yet excel at music or other things.  They use their talents to inspire others--even though they don't realize it!

If you are a parent or caregiver of a child or a young adult that has a learning disability, a developmental disability or a physical disability, I hope that by watching these videos you will open your eyes to your child's uniqueness and their God given talent.

It may not be music but perhaps your child's gift is art or dance. Perhaps you have a child who excels at a sport like Jason McElwain.  Whatever it is, encourage them so that they can be a blessing to others.


This is an incredible story about Kate Foster now 16 years old who has been a gymnast since the age of 9.  She had to choose her life or her leg when she was diagnosed with cancer when she was 12 years old.  She thought her life, as she knew it, was over until her coach said, "I'm willing to try if you are!"

WATCH: The incredible comeback story of a young gymnast who returned to competition after losing her leg.

Posted by Good Morning America on Friday, March 11, 2016

UPDATE 2020:  Kate is now 20 years old. She is a graduate from Auburn High School in Rockford, Illinois.  While in high school she received the USA Gymnastics Robert E. Miller Spirit of the Flame Award.  She wants to become a doctor.

Foster has already participated in multiple speaking and fundraising opportunities for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In 2017, she announced the second round draft pick for favorite NFL team, the Chicago Bears. Foster is also a member of the UNC club gymnastics team.


I don't know much about this young man, Aleksey Romanov, 15 years old, except he was born with no hands.  THAT didn't stop him from learning how to play the piano and he has only been playing for 1 1/2 years  Listen and watch as he plays Yiruma's "River Flows in You."


This inspiring video is about a brother's love for his older brother that has autism.  (Be patient! This takes a few moments to download)


This is a uplifting CBS news story about the first restaurant owner who happens to have Downs Syndrome.  Tim, the owner, proposals to his girlfriend.  This is their story.


This is Michael Stenberg's story.  At the time he made this video he was 19.  He was diagnosed with Autism when he was 10.  You wouldn't know that Michael has autism because he appears to have very good social skills, which is not the case for most people with autism.

However, Michael's mother spent 5 years going to special classes to learn how to help Michael learn the social skills he needed to be a confident young man.  She also learned how to help Michael so that he could learn things better.

This story will be inspiring to anyone who has lost hope that anyone with autism won't lead a "normal life."  Michael has shown that with determination and someone to show him the way, anyone can offset the label of being autistic.


2020 UPDATE:

This special was aired on ESPN on Saturday, February 20, 2016.  ESPN was honoring the 10th Anniversary since Jason McElwain, an autistic student, made an incredible appearance in the last 4 minutes of a basketball game.

April 2 is Autism Awareness Day.  Many colleges as well as ESPN is bringing light to this disability by wearing a blue ribbon on their uniforms or wearing blue ties.

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It doesn't matter how old the story is but how the story inspires you.  Here are two stories about Jason McElwain, a 17 year old autistic boy at Greece Athena High School in Rochester, New York.  His love of basketball and his dedication to the team won him a spot in the limelight in February, 2006.

This second video is about how Jason's story inspired a couple who found out that their 3 year old son was autistic. 


Watch this video of two young autistic men who have found purpose in their music.  They now help other autistic children.


This video shows a very talented 10 year old blind autistic boy who sings like an angel.  I hope you are blessed by one of my favorite songs, "Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord".


This video, about kids and adults with Williams Syndrome, is an inspiring video to anyone who watches it.  It inspired me to be more friendly and less cynical, more trusting and less skeptic.

It made me realize that we can make the world as friendly or as unfriendly as we want.  I learned that I need to smile and laugh more.  I hope you do too.

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