I've never considered Aren to be a "special needs" kid. He's always just been Aren to me. But once a year I'm forced to realize that Aren is in fact "special" and needs to be treated as such in some instances in school. He has recently graduated from an IEP to a 504 for school and I was given a copy to look over and I cringed as I read this and other quotes, "He will require adaptations to the PE curriculum when he gets to middle school and high school, due to his orthopedic limitations. He is unable to extend his wrists actively or passively. His reaction time is delayed if a ball were to be thrown at him, his run is slow and choppy."
And then I cried as I read this line, "He is a courageous young man who is no longer afraid to take risks." Yeah, he is.