7 Inspiring Photos Highlight the 'Super Powers' of Special Needs Kids (PHOTOS)

Judy Dutton | Aug 17, 2015 Being a Mom

super power baby projectEvie was born with a rare chromosomal condition that left her unable to walk, talk, or survive past the age of 2 and a half. Yet her mom, Rachel Callander, didn't see her daughter as disabled or disadvantaged. Her daughter had super powers, which she celebrated in a series of photos called the Super Power Baby Project.

"We talked about her 'super powers' as a response to her unique abilities," explains the mom, a photographer who lives in New Zealand. "We noticed she was experiencing the world differently: She cried when she went through electric sliding doors, or on roads where there were a lot of pylons. It was as if she had an electromagnetic sensitivity."

This is where the "super power" language emerged, and carried over into the empowering photographs Callander snapped of her child. 

"It really helped balance the negativity we constantly faced with the 'what's wrong with her?' questions," she says. And even after her daughter passed away in 2010, Callander continued working to change people's beliefs about special needs kids by photographing others in ways that show their strength and power. 

"One parent told me her child had a 'ripple of influence' everywhere she goes and everyone she meets is changed by her for the better," Callander says. "The parents loved being able to tell me about their children using positive language and then have photos supporting those sentiments so other people can see them too."

These photos, posted on her website, quickly went viral, and have since been compiled in a book.

"Our hope and aim is to change the language around disability, and give hope to families and to encourage people to see the potential in all people," Callander says. "I think the images are so popular because they reflect the spirits and characters of the children. They are so full of happiness, potential, and LIFE! That's how we see these kids."

Check out some of her inspiring photos in this slideshow.


Image via Super Power Baby Project

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