I am just a parent. This statement is echoed by special needs parents worldwide. Just a parent you say? I wish to form a rebuttal regarding that statement. Parenting special needs children is one of the most difficult jobs in the world, and yes, it is a job. A job that has no set hours. Job requirements to be a special needs parent require a willingness to be available to their child 24 – 7. Responsibilities include availability to work under pressure; sleep deprivation, putting a child’s needs ahead of your own, and ingesting large amounts of coffee…extremely large amounts of coffee. This job has no end date and quitting is nonnegotiable.