Our twin sons with special needs had dismal experiences their last year in public school. Over the course of that year, they both went from being my happy guys to pretty sullen elementary schoolers. This was one of the myriad of reasons I took homeschooling the boys, special needs and all, on. I wasn't quite sure how I was going to accomplish this task when we started, but knew in my heart it was not okay or normal for 8 year olds (at the time) to be so unhappy.
Yesterday, a girlfriend came over for a visit who hadn't been at the house in awhile. Within the first 30 minutes she was here she exclaimed "the boys just seem so happy". Sometimes, the right environment makes all the difference.
TIP: Though the idea of it can seem daunting, homeschooling can be a viable and successful option for kids with special needs. There are less distractions than a public school setting and kids can be taught more specifically to their own learning style. While there are more considerations (legal requirements, aquiring needed therapies, documentation, etc) all kids, including those with special needs, thrive in an environment where their program is tailored to their specific strengths and abilities.