My Youngest Daughter Graduates From High School by Jane Neill-Hancock

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This is a photo of my youngest daughter after her graduation on Weds June 26th 2013. We are so proud of her. Shinae is autistic, Bipolar, has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. She attended regular high school in my town in a self contained special class, but she attended gym with the regular students and they had regular students as student mentors in the class. In a world that says SHE can’t, she DID. She was 1 of 2 special needs students that graduated with the 332 regular students that had met all the criteria of the State of NJ to graduate 12th grade. My daughter Shivonne who graduated last year is to the left of her, my neice who is a foster daughter of my sister Gem is to the right of her.

I am SO THANKFUL that she was given the opportunity to attend a regular high school and participate in activities like the regular students. I know for a fact all the states of the USA do not have these opportunities for special children so I am THANKFUL and GRATEFUL to the township of Wayne and the State of NJ for allowing my daughter to be part of the regular high school experience.

I DEDICATE this to all those special people out there who have been told they CAN’T do it, or they don’t belong or they shouldn’t try. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. YOU ARE MADE FOR SO MUCH MORE THAN ALL OF THIS. YOU ARE TREASURED. YOU ARE SACRED. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

[words from the song Beautiful by Mercy Me]


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  • Deborah McGrath
    Deborah McGrathabout 1 year ago

    Congratulations to your daughter Jane what a lovely memory.

  • thanks Deborah

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • vigor
    vigorabout 1 year ago

    What a big day!!! You must be so proud! Tell her I said congrats and best of everything!

  • thank you Viv. I did a lot of tearing up and was so proud of her. My sister and her cousin, and my sister-in-law and her other cousin came as well as my middle daughter. we all went out to dinner after and had cake at my sister-in-laws. it was a great family time and celebration.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Kanchan Mahon
    Kanchan Mahonabout 1 year ago

    Awesome times! Congratulations!

  • thank you so much Kanchan for taking the time to look and for the wishes. it means a lot.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • SummerJade
    SummerJadeabout 1 year ago

    Happy faces make me smile! Congrats to her and to you too because one door closes and another opens; ‘commencement’ means beginning, the start of the next phase of life. ♥☺

  • thanks Jade – time for me to start looking for a day program for her – guess phone calls and visits will begin soon. I am sure God knows what door is next but I have no clue… smiles.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepabout 1 year ago

    How very sweet! Congratulations!!

  • thank you SO much!

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 1 year ago


  • thank you – I love all the smiles. Shinae sure looks thrilled doesn’t she?

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 1 year ago

    Congratulations to you all – lovely family capture. You have proved that there is no such word as can’t in the dictionary Shinae – well done !!

  • thank you so much Mathilde. I am touched by all the congrats I have gotten on this and was so happy to share this joy with the RB friends I have through all my groups. thanks again.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 1 year ago

    A proud day for parent and child, super family shot …

  • thank you Tom, yes indeed. you can see how thrilled she is, and her cousin and sister were proud too.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingabout 1 year ago

  • oh Heather – thank you SO much for this feature. this helps others see that disabled and handicapped children can accomplish so much. thank you sweetheart for your support and love.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • PatChristensen
    PatChristensenabout 1 year ago

    Great image and day I’m sure :)Pat

  • yes Pat, hard to believe she is 21 and not my baby anymore. amazing accomplishment for her. Now I have the fun job of trying to find a day program for her to attend that will be educational, beneficial and challenging enough to stretch her….

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

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