For a variety of reasons many special needs children are unable to articulate their hopes and dreams; but rest assured, they definitely feel, hope and dream like any other child. Never assume that even the most profoundly disabled child is not sentient with some grasp of person, place and time, what they have or what they are missing. Years ago, a single tear running down the cheek of a profoundly disabled child, non-verbal, unable to control body movements, unable to hold her head up was still able to communicate. That tear forever etched a message on the hearts and minds of several adults, including the author of this document. A single tear spoke volumes but that tear could also be expressed in two short sentences.
I WANT TO PLAY!
I WANT TO BELONG!