MamaBlogger365 – The Heroes Behind the Heroes by Shira Adler, Diva Mama
My honey sent me a link this morning of a video that ﬁrst made the YouTube rounds in 2006. As I watched it, I was poignantly reminded me how powerful simple human kindness and the vision that one person can hold for another who doesnʼt ﬁt everyone’s preconceived notions of what a typical student, basketball player or musician is supposed to look like.
I watched this story as if it happened yesterday, because for children who live all over the country who are experiencing both the good and the bad of being special needs, it did happen yesterday, and today, and itʼs going to happen tomorrow. For these children, this video is a perfect reminder that each of us can play a part in the genius that others have to offer, if we are only prepared to throw out our notion of what it is supposed to look like and accept the reality of what it does look like.
And letʼs talk about Jason McElwain. The story revolves around a high functioning autistic boy from upstate NY whose unbridled enthusiasm earned him the title of high school basketball team manager. Watching J-Mac, as he was called, one is reminded of the power that connection, inspiration and heart can play when physical or mental limitations are not really limitations at all, but rather, just a mask for the excellence that lies beneath the surface… albeit in a different form.
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