Many teens and preteens with disabilities feel alone in their disability, a feeling that can make them feel insecure. In fact, many children live with disabilities. According to the 2005/2006 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, 9.9 percent of 0 to 17-year-old children in California, and 13.9 percent of children in the United States, have special health care needs.
This means that at least one out of every ten teen or preteen has a disability. Next time you are feeling alone remember that there are others in your area in a similar situation.
high school student writer
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