There is no way to really prepare for raising a child with special needs. There is no special manual, there are no beginners’ courses and there are no how-to videos online. You do the best you can and try to provide your child with every possible outlet to make and keep them happy. Every day is an education and you strive to do better than the day before.
After our daughter suffered a traumatic brain injury at the age of 2 and a half, we were thrust into a situation that we had never envisioned. Our life became a never-ending cycle of doctors, specialists and therapists. We dedicated ourselves to her health and her happiness. Life was difficult for Amanda as she was permanently disabled both mentally and physically as a result of her injury. We realized that this life was our new normal, and we decided to meet the challenge head-on.
As our daughter went through school she met the many challenges that come with having special needs. She was teased by some and befriended by others, but she never stopped trying to fit in. She did manage to build some quality relationships that helped her get through those difficult times. But as the years went by it became evident that her friends were passing her by and were moving on to the next stages of their lives. After high school she was left without any real way to interact with her peers.
Special needs children have always found support in this country from various charities and community groups. But what about those same children when they become adults? There aren’t many ways that our children can get out to find new friends and mold the lifetime friendships and loving relationships that most of us just take for granted.
We wanted to do something that would allow our daughter and everyone like her the opportunity to interact with others and give each and every one of them the chance to find that special someone. MySpecialMatch is that something. Our hope is that all adults with special needs can utilize this website to reach out to those with similar interests and dreams and forge some long and meaningful relationships. We hope that we can make a difference in all of their lives.