A Sister's Story

A Sister's Story

by Samantha Via

Hi, my name is Samantha Via I am 14 years old. I am a sibling with two brothers who have special needs. For those of you who don’t know what special needs are, it is people who need extra help and attention with there everyday needs.

My older brothers name is Rudy he is 15 years old. He has Cerebral Palsy and uses a power wheelchair because his muscles are not as strong as ours. He also uses a communication board because he cannot talk but believe me he can communicate and has no problem making his needs known. He needs help with dressing, and some of his other necessities. But he can still do a lot for himself. He can feed himself, rides horses independently, play video games, and is on a competitive wheelchair team. I think he could do more my mom and dad are always making up excuses for him. When I’m home alone with him I make him do everything and he can, it just takes him a bit longer. My younger brothers name is Brandon he is 10 years old and has Down Syndrome which is where he has an extra 21st chromosome and its makes him a little slower to learn. So you have to be patient and have to show him things over and over but he is eager to learn. He is always happy and makes us laugh all the time and he doesn’t need as much help as my other brother. I feel that having two brothers with special needs is fun but still harder. I have to help my parents out a lot more with my brothers and stuff. Sometimes being in a family with two brothers with special needs gets a little bit more crazy and harder but I will always love them and my family is perfect just the way it is.

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