I have a friend who is advocating for a little girl with scoliosis. I can tell you that scoliosis is a vey manageable 'special need'. Xiaoyun 's scoliosis is considered a severe case, yet it doesn't slow her down. She's your typical teenage girl. Yes, she will always be petite, will deal with lung restriction, and need to find a car (one day!) that accommodates her tiny stature, but for us, it's been no big deal. The surgeries were rough, but she kept a great attitude. Please take a minute and read about 10 year old True! Below is a link to Annie's site and information on True. I'd be glad to speak with anyone who wants to know about our experience with scoliosis.