It's really nice to see something positive and uplifting in the news.
What a special kid... well, all kids are special. I wish we could all have his
attitude... life would sure be easier.
Thanks for this story. Taj is a wonderful boy, as is his Mom and Dad. The kids
at his school are also wonderful. I was inspired by them all, especially Taj.
A. There truly is no "normal"!!! Everyone defines "normal" as different for him
or her self. This young man is "normal" because he is who he is. Quit trying to
make him "more" because he has a disability.B. Thank you for
mentioning the roadblocks and difficulties UT puts in the way for people with
disabilities--especially in medical care areas.C. I think there is
WAY more to this story than just focusing on this young man. The whole family is
a good "story" to behold.D. If Jag attends all general education
classes, then he is fully included---NOT mainstreamed. Mainstreamed is when a
student attends 50% of general education or less. Get the terminology correct
please.E. Fairness, ultimately, is getting what someone needs--not
what they want, or what others think they need. Thus, approaching this young man
who has what he needs with a concept of "fairness" is inappropriate.F. What is truly "amazing" is that others must look at him and still defines
the "can'ts" rather than just saying "he is a human being with abilities and
disabilities JUST LIKE THE REST OF US!"
I sit here, at my desk, after church, with moist eyes, wanting to meet this
terrific family. What love must emanate from the mom and dad, and the wonderful
interaction of the four kids. I salute you from way over here in England. All
the best to all of you!
What an adorable family. Jag, you are an inspiration!!
compassion ! Do you have any? Loved the story. I have worked with kids for
years that have disabilities and they are so inspirational. We break a limb and
we can't do anything. He doesn't have limbs and he's unstoppable. High fives
for the kids at his school for accepting him although he is different. In many
schools this would not be the case! * Would love to her more of the mom's story
I live within the shadow of the Manti Temple and I'm a special needs provider.
"Disabled" is a label given to those with Handicaps that can be seen. Yet, there
are many forms of disability that can not be seen. Therefore each and everyone
of us, in some measure, have a handicap of one kind or another. I can tell you
firsthand, that even though there may be challenges with disabilities, these
people live life to the fullest capacity that they can, no matter what the
measure of their capabilities are. How many of us do that? SaraJo knows
firsthand what great blessings there are in adoption.. as well as caring for
someone with Jags limitations. In the end the Blessings I enjoy are so much
greater than what I give of myself for those who have special needs. I tend to
feel like they are actually "Special Angels" sent from heaven, to help me,
instead of the other way around. To have such a remarkable family, is a
wonderful gift and an inspiration for all of us. Thank you for sharing
this story.. and please print more like it. It's nice to read such uplifting
What a wonderful, heartwarming story. I alternately laughed and wept while
reading it. What a charmer Jag is!Much credit must be given to the
unconditional love and wise parenting this young boy receives. While Jag does
have some physical limitations, those have not stunted the growth of his
character or his sense of who he is. I think he will grow into a giant of a
man. This is what really matters in the eternal scheme of things.God bless this beautiful family!
Jag, I just want you to know that when I told my sister to quit watching the
video, I did not know you. Now that you are here, the whole family is VERY GLAD,
as we are with all our children!
I am pleased that Jag will now have health care insurance without fighting for
coverage. Prior to the recently passed law, he would have been unable to be
insured if his parents changed or lost their jobs, or, when he reached
adulthood. Now, thanks to the Obama administration, like other people with
preexisting medical conditions, Jag will be eligible for health care insurance
for the rest of his life.
I love the story, what a great one. It is nice to hear about the good things in
the world rather than be flooded with all of the bad things.Jag has a
great attitude toward life, what an example.
This great family are my neighbors. I remember when they moved in several years
ago and how Jag was so full of life. I have always admired his spirit and great
courage to always try and do his best. He is a great example to all. What
an amazing family they are!!!
Really nice story. I am in awe.Would have been even better if Doug
learned to write, but all the same. Wow.
I don't know if you remember, Claire, but what you said to me when I saw Jag on
the video was to stop watching the video until I finalized on Taj's adoption.
Then I could go ahead with Jag's adoption if he was still available. Sounds a
lot better than just stop watching the video. Anyway I did what you said. I
finalized on Taj's adoption and then worked on getting Jag home with us. Thanks all for your kind comments.
My Granddaughter, Kylee (Renu) was at the orphanage at the same time as Jag.
It's a small world. We have him on a video and we always wondered how he was
doing. Now we know. Thanks for sharing your story.Kyleesgg
I am in Jags class. Jag, I think you are one of the smartest people I know. You
always know just what to say when people are down and you make everyone laugh.
You are so funny. I am glad to know you. 7th grade will be fun as long as you
I am the room mother in Mr. Macloeds class. I remember the first time I had to
do a project. I did not remember that Jag was in my daughters class this year.
The project I had planned had a lot of cutting involved. I was so worried when I
walk in and saw Jag. When I apologized to Mr. Macloed he told me not to worry
about it. I still worried until I saw Jag having the time of his life. He has
been impressing me all year. Jag, the lessons you are teaching your friends (and
their parents) are invaluable. You are a great example! You have an awesome
mother too. Give her a high five for me!
I love jag.
Hey Jag!!! You are so cool!!! I just am so happy to be in your class!!!! You
amaze me everyday. I have never known a meanie, that I actually can stand until
you!!! See ya Later!!!
Sorry about the meanie thing, but you have to say, you find a way to Make Fun of
me, and make me laugh at the same time!!! by again!!!
dear jag,you amaze me so much!Hanna has told me so much about you!You are so
talented,it amazes me to see you play basket ball!I LOVE to see you and ALL THE
BOYS get along!
he is awesome and really good at basketball!!!