I was looking over my blog and I noticed that it was heading in a direction I didn’t like. I had stared down the path of a whiney, ranting, complaining, negative blog that way too many blogs have gone. So I am stopping it now. I need to get more SQL and positive posts to offset some of the negative I am seeing in the blog world. So here is the positive for today. I am going to focus on the positive of the “special needs” part of my world. My eleven year old daughter was born with Down Syndrome and congenital heart defects. At eleven months she had open heart surgery to repair those holes. At seven years old she was diagnosed with leukemia and fought to beat that beast for two and a half years. To put it plainly, she is a fighter. That is the background for her newest endeavor. She recently began theraputic riding at a local stable, and her instructor was so impressed with her abilities that she promoted her to horse riding lessons and has now begun to ride full sized horses without side walker assitance. She also joined 4-H and is working on halter class for this years county fair. She will be competing against typically developing kids in this class, and that’s the way she like it. So her battle for inclusion continues as she continues to impress and break stereotypes. She may be “special needs” but if you are competing against her in anything, don’t take her lightly, or she will take you. Perhaps I’ll tell you about her Karate touranment last year some time. Inclusion does work, her life is proof.