29 Mantras Currently Inspiring Our Special Needs Community


Sometimes, hearing a good quote can make a hard day a little easier. The Mighty wanted to know what phrases and quotes inspire our special needs community, so we asked our readers to share a mantra that resonates with them. Check out some of their responses below, and add your favorite mantra to the comments at the bottom.

1. “It’s not ‘handicapped,’ it’s ‘handicapable.'”

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Photo and quote submitted by Jennifer Owen

2. “It takes a village to raise a child.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Bridget Thompson

3. “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” — Dr. Seuss

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Photo and quote submitted by Kerri Munro

4. “One day at a time. We’ll worry about the future when we get there!”

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Photo and quote submitted by Melissa Giambastiani

5. “I am not alone.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Renee Wendy

6. “You will celebrate every milestone. What others see as mundane will be cause for celebration in your family.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Doris Glass-Heckert

7. “Tomorrow is a new day to start again!”

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Photo and quote submitted by Heather Smalley

8. “Just keep swimming!” —  Dory in “Finding Nemo”

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Photo and quote submitted by Cara Delaney

9. “It’s all about finding joy in the journey.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Brenda Powell Hunter

10. “Always hope for the best while expecting the worst, and be happy with the middle ground.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Christine Faressa

11. “The beauty of a flower exists only because of those passionate enough to nurture it.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Jamie Awtry McClintic

12. “This is your path. You wouldn’t be on it if you couldn’t do it.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Jill D. Powell

13. “Never give up. Never back down. Never lose faith.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Julie Enlow Craig

14. “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.” 

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Photo and quote submitted by Nina Viator Guthrie

15. “Be there today. Be there 100 percent. That’s all we have — today.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Geraldine Renton

16. “Bring it on.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Raquel Bercovich Wadler

17. “A diagnosis doesn’t change who your son is.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Jason Sims

18. “What’s normal?”

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Photo and quote submitted by Pam Piper

19. “I wouldn’t change you for the world, but I would change the world for you.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Britney Gardner Masucci

20. “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Monique Kassi

21. “A caterpillar never lets you know the beauty it will unveil.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Joy Sexton

22. “A smile makes the world a better place.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Laura Sloate

23. “Life will be different than you imagined. Sometimes scary, sometimes amazing, but always worth it.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Michelle Louise Whitehead

24. “Our life may be different, but it’s a beautiful life.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Noelle Broschart Kei

25. “You never know how strong you are until strong is the only option left.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Ari Dennis

26. “All behavior is communication. Different, not less.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Heather Zink

27. “Learn to laugh.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Megan Taylor Watts

28. “The mighty oak was once a small nut that stood its ground.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Jaclyn Kulfan

29. “We don’t live like most families, but we are not alone.”

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Photo and quote submitted by Sophy Chaffee

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