1:42 PM, April 30th, 2012

Zach will be where and who he will be. Because he needs to be. Because he wants to be. Because as famed physician Oliver Sacks said, all children, whatever the impairment, are propelled by the need to make themselves whole. They may not get there, and they may need massive guidance, but they must forever try.

Buzz Bissinger writes a moving essay on raising his special-needs son, and confronting the emotions of raising a child who can never grow up.

Photo: Bissinger and son Zach in South Africa in 2012. Courtesy of Buzz Bissinger.

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