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Marissa Sweat Evans by Marissa Sweat Evans Additional Needs

Marissa Sweat Evans

Marissa Sweat Evans

I am a mother and advocate for my son as well as others with disabilities. My oldest was diagnosis with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and autism.

A lot of us are motivated to want to do more for the special needs community after having a child with special needs.

In my case not only was I motivated by my son but my daughter as well.

My daughter Jada adores her brother and she often talks about how she’s going to care for him if something was to ever happen to me.

Her love for children with special needs goes way beyond her brother.

I’m always told by her teachers how she’s always willing to help those who have special needs. As well as any child that’s new to her class.

Whenever someone is being mean or doesn’t want to be friends with another child, she always talks to me about it. And I can tell that it really bothers her.

One day while talking to her she expressed to me how she wishes she could be friends with everyone, so they won’t feel alone.

She doesn’t like it when people are mean to others because of the way they are born or how they look.

Then one day she asked me if I think Jaylen will ever have any friends other than our family? And that very same day she decided that she wanted to be pen pals with children that have special needs and those that are being bullied.

She started writing last year and we call it Jada Buddies.

I reached out to families of different groups that I’m in n Facebook to see if it they would be interested in their child receiving letters from Jada.

And the response was amazing it was so overwhelming we had to take a break from it.

She recently started back writing and this time she has some help. At her birthday party she had a pen pal station where she asked her friends to pick a friend and help her write while they enjoy some hot chocolate.

The kids enjoyed it and it made her happy too.

I think siblings of children with special needs are amazing.

They look at the world different from other and can appreciate even the small things.


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