05/29/2012 08:53 am ET Updated Jul 29, 2012

5 Reasons Your Child Should Be Friends With Someone Who Has Special Needs

Recently, a friend's son informed me that at his school kids refer to the special needs students as "handicappers" and "aliens." As a parent of a child with special needs, this both infuriated and saddened me. Though my son Andrew doesn't attend that particular school, I can guarantee you that the sentiments towards the kids in the special education program on his campus are similar.