The History of SBSK (Chris Ulmer Shares the Story Behind Special Books by Special Kids)


so the last week you all have been shower in this channel with love and we’ve had 40,000 new subscribers in the past seven days I think it’s important with many people being new we backtrack a little bit and I tell you the history and the mission why I do what I do because I know it’s not typical to have a YouTube channel where a guy goes around and interviews people with a diagnosis you might be wondering what’s this dude’s angle so I want to tell you what it’s all about but before we do that I want to mention that throughout this video I’m gonna break up the monotony of my boring voice with short little clips of people I’ve interviewed over the past two years just like this one when somebody meets you for the first time what do you hope they say I hope they say hey hey Timmy you’re the sweetest person ever in this world when considering exactly where to start the story I struggled with where I should go but I decided I was going to start right when I finished college I graduated with the bachelors in communications and I encountered what many people encounter when they graduate college an existential crisis I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life I didn’t know where I was going and I felt alone and isolated you meet someone for the first time what do you want them to say to you hi at this time I thought I’d never be a teacher in fact I actively tried not to be a teacher because my mom was one she said I’d always be one and I had a bit of Punk rebel in me and I didn’t want to listen to her but what I did know is I should pursue what I love and I loved in college playing soccer it’s what I enjoyed more than anything in the world so I decided I was gonna be a college soccer coach at the age of 21 I moved to a small town in Kentucky of 4,000 people in coach to college while coaching as fate would have it the athletic director of the school offered to pay for my master’s degree in education the school only had three options I wasn’t going to turn down a free degree and quite on a whim I chose special education and to be honest I didn’t think I would ever use it I was just doing it because it was free right there in the camera people from around the war hey are watching us yes what would you like them to know about you I’m a very creative person I love my heart ISM fast forward two years I was still coaching traveling all over the Midwest and I was about to finish love free degree still not intending to use it but I had to do student teaching to finish it out so I go into the classroom and I’m bummed out because I don’t want to have to be there every day for three months but once again I’m not gonna turn down the free masters level education Sylas there we go the cameras in front of us if you’re ready to do this show me your biggest smile you have the very first day I walk into a classroom and I’m working with students who are emotionally and behaviorally disturbed I’m teaching one of the students a math lesson and he looked at me and the first thing he said to me was why should I trust you and I don’t know why but in that moment I felt like I found what I was supposed to do I love the fact that this dude I just met could look me in the eye and ask why I should trust him so I looked back at him and I said you should trust me because nothing would bring me greater joy than helping you reach your full potential some people help me were friends I’m not really sure if I do that or so because I really don’t know how I did a hard time making friends like I was hooked and I finished the program I had lived in that small Kentucky town for two years and I decided there was nothing I wanted more than to live on the beach so I took the 1,200 bucks that was in my bank account a car with a hundred and fifty thousand miles on it and I took a rumbling bumpy trip down to Florida where I found a job working with students who were diagnosed with autism and brain disorders and speech apraxia now take a look at this picture it’s one of the first weeks that I started the job on baby face dumb ignorant I mean for the learning opportunity of my life now with the benefit of Technology we’re gonna fast forward two and a half years and look what we turned into you can tell I aged a little bit I have my big gear to my hair but I want you to pay attention to the glimmer in my eye in that class I found something I never thought I would find in my life a type of human connection that it really so rare in the world today like I mentioned I find many things to be very surface very you’re following the rules of social interaction but with those kids it was just fun and we didn’t worry about what anyone else was thinking we could just be us and I really really enjoyed that so now you’re wondering okay he was a teacher why did he start filming different people what’s the story with that I never wanted to be a vlogger I was 25 26 at this time and all I wanted to do was teach nothing brought me greater joy every Friday my students and I would celebrate music Friday and we would sing songs I would bring in my guitar and it was really just an opportunity for them to practice social skills and human interaction [Music] I was really impressed with what they were doing they were breaking out of their shell and singing and dancing in front of one another and I wanted their parents to see so I started taking videos of the singing and dancing so I could send it to the parents and the parents absolutely loved it so it became a little thing every Friday we would make these videos and it honestly started to become my favorite part of the week during my second school year with these students it hit me I’ve been with them every single day for seven hours in the classroom and I’ve grown to understand them not everybody out there y’all people watching are gonna have that same benefit of time to understand their intelligence their humor most people won’t know how to interact with them and that truly bummed me out because nothing brought me greater joy than being in that classroom and I wish the world to see that so for that reason I propose to the students and parents the idea of special books by special kids and this would be a book series where students explain life from their perspective we worked hard we worked for months to put together a proposal and some samples and we were denied by 50 publishers instead of getting bummed out we decided we would make a Facebook page after six months we had 50,000 followers and ABC were all news picked up one of our videos and that sent us from 50,000 to 150,000 followers overnight once that video went viral I started receiving messages from people around the world who wanted to interview on our platform and at first I didn’t do anything because I was teaching full-time but after a few weeks it hit me what if these are people who were in my community what if it’s my neighbor so I went to my Gmail and I typed in Jacksonville Florida that’s where I was living at the time and there were 20 or 30 people who messaged me who had either a diagnosis themself or a kid with a condition and they what they wanted me to interview them like to see your laughs law I don’t I never like to see her sad cuz when she cries oh I did it I started travelling around my city interviewing people with conditions while I wasn’t teaching and the blog became interviewing people of all ages all diagnosis while still featuring interviews of my students in the class well after four or five months of that our blog was up to four hundred thousand followers and I was getting so many enquiries that I couldn’t keep up with it my students were getting ready to go on we were finished in our third year together and I decided I was going to take a leap of faith and do this blog full-time never in my life did I think I’d be a full-time vlogger but I saw a need for something I need to bridge that gap between individuals with the diagnosis and the general population if there was only a way the world could learn about these people they would want to include them that was my mindset so I set out and I became a full-time blogger Jeff if you could tell the whole world one thing about you what would it be now up to this point I didn’t care about YouTube I was doing everything on Facebook because it started as just a classroom blog I never intended for this to grow into what it is now been two years since we started this Facebook page and is currently at 1.5 million followers and it hit me it’s time to do YouTube I want to do longer videos I want to provide a more in-depth look into these individuals lives now it’s time for the hard question I read the comments after and I often see people asking about my motives are they spiritual are they political I want to get it out in the open and let you know that my mission is strictly humanitarian if what I do resident eats with you and your personal beliefs or politics that’s okay with me and I don’t want to stop you from seeing this Hubbard as you need to see it but I just want you to know that my only mission my only motive with this is to make the world a slightly better place and I believe we can do that through social media when the whole like in this figure oh the whole work done not hey well this channel is going to be used to connect those with the diagnosis with the rest of the world and even if you’re not part of this community even if you don’t know anyone with the condition you can get to know how to connect with someone who has a condition because throughout your life at the grocery store at the playground at wherever you’re going you’re gonna encounter individuals with all types of brains not every condition is physically apparent so just take the few minutes every week watch one of these videos and you’re going to learn about the true diversity of the human condition

Comments 100

  • Now that everyone knows our history it's back to doing what I love…..sharing stories!

  • The comments section of these videos was shut down by YouTube some time ago, which was absolutely unacceptable.
    Since I've found this one to comment on…
    How can we help? What must be done?
    Chris, you could include this info in the video where you talked about what had just happened

  • I came across this somehow…I've watched several of the videos. I have laughed and I have cried…you are an absolute amazing young man. Not all people can do what you do. I used to be a substitute teacher. I always loved working in the SPED classroom I loved it. Now I babysit in my home. I have watched several children with different disabilities. It is the most amazing feeling at the end of the day to care and learn from them. They have taught me so much. 💗

  • your channel is pure gold, everybody should watch your videos! Congrats!

  • Porfavor cásate conmigo

  • Omg I wasn’t expecting to see a comment section! I think we should be able to comment your other videos to show our support to you and people in your videos! And if someone being mean or rude you can block them or block bad words. I hope your comment issue will be resolved soon. Sending so much love from other side of the world

  • I like your videos but i just watched the one about having your comments turned of by the powers that be @YouTube. You were doing crying but no tears were coming out. I am always very wary of the genuineness of people that do that. Just saying.

  • this is some intense eye contact

  • Wow! You are an amazing man!

  • THANK YOU!!!!! The world needs to learn about disabilities and be more compassionate towards each other! You are amazing and I love your work!!

  • Modern day "Mr. Rodgers" , need more people with hearts like yours!

  • I'm proud of you and your wife for what you are doing. Don't be downtrodden everything will work out.

  • 100% wholesome♥️

  • Queda claramente demostrado que la sonrisa y el amor son un lenguaje universal, gracias por hacernos conocer personas con almas tan puras !!

  • I found your channel two days ago and have watched close on thirty people's stories I would not otherwise have an opportunity to know. Thankyou for your work and for theirs in participation. I greatly appreciate what I have learned which will directly benefit the adults I work with and support. From the bottom of my heart.

  • It brings me to tears knowing there’s a man out there like this gentleman. Everyone needs to try their best to be just a little more kind & understanding each and every day. Thank you sir for your videos and opening my heart.

  • Every human needs to watch this series. This is how world peace is achieved.

  • I have bordiline personality disorder and bypolor . both my boys have slight autism and hdad. Its harder and harder as i get older to cope with daily life . it makes me sick stepping out side my home . cause cant even trust my self after all the hurt.

  • I used to work with, and take care of the physically, and mentally handicapped. And I can say, it was truly one of the greatest blessings that God had ever blessed me with. Please, keep doing the wonderful work you do. If I could work with you, I would! God bless you for what you do to help everyone!!!

  • I so love what Chris does! I saw one of his videos in my YouTube feed and I was hooked. We need more people like Chris out there.

  • Making a video about Multiple Sclerosis would be nice, and I really really like your work

  • Thank you so much for what you do. As a parent of a non-verbal now adult with Fragile X and Autism. This warms my heart to see a person with no motivation other than letting these individuals express themselves and have a voice. God bless you and your mission.

  • Duuuuuuuvaaaaaal

  • This is what YouTube is made for.
    This is what love is about…

  • You’re a prime example of why i still believe in humanity, thanks for existing!

  • You're an amazing person, Chris. I really want Youtube to allow us to comment on your videos. So many of us want to encourage you and those you interview. You are as special as those you interview. Thanks for sharing these videos with us!

  • You are so much like Mr. Rogers. Just kindness and love. It's all so pure and real. Thank you Chris for all you do.

  • Glad this video has comments on because i gotta say how awesome of a person you are

  • My eyes tear from happiness every time I see any of these videos.

  • I just subd and I hope so many others follow.

  • Why is it this video the comments arent disabled but on all others they are?

  • Chris – You're such an amazing person!!! I love your videos! ❤❤❤ Beautiful blue eyes too

  • check out the music artist from Florida Shrimp Attack. He has a wonderful CD made by different groups including people's with Down Syndrome

  • This channel is one of the most important channels on YouTube and in the world!

  • By chance a special kid video was in my suggestion feed, I watched it and a couple of others. I don't normally watch these kinds of videos or even knew they existed. I did enjoy the content but was skeptical of the hosts motives. Thanks so much for this video and making everything clear. You my friend restore my faith in human kindness, it is such a wonderful thing you are doing here 💜

  • I love this channel. Keep going, man!

  • It's so unfortunate that YouTube turned off comments. I'm sure the majority of syndrome children would absolutely love to hear the outpouring of support from all over the world. YouTube should have full time monitors in place to take down trolls and abusive comments from these types of channels instead of blocking the good with the bad. That's a lazy solution and I would definately volunteer to be a monitor anytime any day. Best channel on youtube by far! ♥️

  • There is so much good in you. Keep doing what you’re doing with the same good passion in heart. Don’t understand why YouTube don’t let us to comment the other videos, but they can’t stop you really. So pls continue to spread goodness, we all need it.

  • I hope you get your comments back on all your videos! Great work, we in Norway love you and your work! <3

  • We love you so much brother. People, if you don't believe in the Lord, or angels, you're looking at a true angel from God. He is proof.

  • I'm new to this channel but I thank God that I came across it. It's very inspiring to see all these beautiful brave souls speak out. You are doing a wonderful job and I will keep you in prayer so that God can continue blessing you in this mission. All my love to you all. 💖💖💖🤗

  • Amazing story! What a kind and beautiful soul 🙏

  • I love this channel. No judjment. Just life stories. Joy to you and all the people that you interview.

  • You are honestly such an angel 👼 I’m so pleased that you use an outlet like this to touch the hearts of as many people as possible. Please don’t ever stop. You now mean so much to so many people.x

  • This is one of my channels on YouTube!!

  • I have every disease in this world, now come to my house plz

  • NEVER has it been this much of an honor & privilege to leave a comment anywhere – I am so grateful & surprised to find a SBSK video that is “open”. What you’re doing is so very important, so very selfless and beautiful that words fail. It’s having a profound effect on all kinds of people, your channel is imo the greatest treasure on YouTube & one of the finest testaments to the human spirit anywhere online or otherwise. You’re a saint, Chris!

  • Your videos are amazing. And I love everyone that you have interviewed.

  • I love this channel and your mission!!! You are an amazing unique person and it warms my heart!!! ❤❤❤❤

  • This guy needs to be cloned and sold at every corner.

  • You're a wonderful human being! Beautiful inside out❤🌞

  • Can I just say I absolutely love you and all that you do and I have such a huge amount of respect for you ❤️

  • wow thanks for doing what you do. keep touching lives:D!

  • Your eyes are beautiful

  • I’m a children’s behavior therapist and I’m just in love with this channel. What a wonderful mission!

  • Love your channel. You have a heart of gold 😍

  • I dont know how I found ur channel but glad I did. I love what u are doing. YouTube and its algorithms have pushed a lot of great content creators away. I feel like Facebook is a better platform anyway because u can reach more people. Ur videos will pop up on ur subscribers page and all those connected to them an their friends and their friends friends. And if u make the videos live…they will go viral so fast which would get people's stories the attention they deserve. Honestly, ur channel is too big for YouTube…u need to have ur own TV show on TLC. Aim higher. 🤗

  • You do good work. I have seen some sad. Heart breaks when theres terminal illness especially with children but youve done so much good by putting these vids out and introducing these lovely beautiful children and people to the world.

  • Been watching your vids off and on.. Glad to run into this history.. Thanks! I've worked with head injured adults and special needs people most of my adult life.. Love love love it! Can't wait to see more

  • I love the mission. Super pure. Sending blessings your way!

  • Thank You for being such a fabulous Humanitarian!! The world is a better place with You in IT!!!
    I have worked with medically fragile children for the past 30 years and I am so grateful that you are sharing the Magnificence of all These Beautiful Souls with the world!!! You are a Blessing!!

  • He deserves PewDewPie's subscribers

  • I love your videos <3 I learn so much from them. Please don't stop!

  • Chris has fought a very exhausting war against Youtube to try and restore the comments section in his videos, just to give the special people he cares about so much, a platform to communicate with the viewers. It must be really painful and annoying for him to see that, in the only video he has left with comments enabled, the comments posted are "omg ur eyeezzz… ur so purrrrdy!!! that completely missed the point on his work! Way to go, jackasses!

  • This is one of my favourite, if not my most favourite, channel on whole of YouTube. Thank you Chris!

  • Whoever marries this man is lucky!

  • I wish there were much more people like you… the World would surely be a different place.

  • It's a shame that YouTube locks the comments on most of your videos in preemptive censorship. This is the internet after all, and some would no doubt leave rude comments. But the majority would be respectful I believe. And the people featured in your videos deserve to hear the kind things people all over the world have to say about them.

  • I literally just watched timmys videos😂

  • Thank you for being the person that you are. A good soul changing the world

  • You found your reason ❤️🙌

  • Woah ! I'm just impressed and totally agree with that social media can be a way to change the world in a positive way. I'm currently studying social integration( I disagree with that word, should be inclusion) and thanks to your videos encourage me to face people with
    functional diversity , work with them , and help them as the way I can. Keep doing this !!! Greetings from Barcelona 🙂

  • God Bless You and thank you for what you’re doing.

  • I cannot express how thankful and moved I am by Chris and all those involved in SBSK. All I can say/ask is please continue to do what you are doing. And know that what you have accomplished has made a profound impact.

    My Respects.

  • You are living proof that angels do exist. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to enter the lives of all these beautiful and misunderstood people. With all their conditions and illnesses they are still just human beings like the rest of us. Thank you again to this channel for opening many more eyes into their world. You are a blessing in a time where it's truly needed the most.

  • the very first vid I saw was the autistic couple. I sent it to my teachers a friends and they loved it!!! also the first thing i thought of when I saw u was that u look like Joey Graceffa XD also I have a mild learning disability and a rare medical condition. watching ur videos makes me feel really happy knowing that someone out there is spreading the awareness about disability people (mentally and psychically)!

  • HI CHRIS JUST KNOW THIS ABOUT YOURSELF: YOU HAVE A MAGICAL INNER LIGHT AND RADIANT JOY THAT SHINES IN YOUR EYES LIKE BEAMS OF LIGHT. YOU HAVE ONE MAGNIFICENT TRULY LOVING SOUL. THIS UNIVERSE IS SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE YOU IN IT. I WROTE (76-UNPUBLISHED BOOKS ON THE INFINITE SPIRIT). OH ONE MORE THING – I HAVE A BIRTHMARK ON MY FACE. I AM 73 YEARS OLD. AND NOT ONCE IN THOSE 73 YEARS HAVE I EVER HAD ONE SINGLE NEGATIVE OR SHY OR WITHDRAWN FEELING ABOUT HAVING IT. IN FACT I FEEL GRATEFUL AND SO VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE IT AND WOULD NEVER HAVE NOT WANTED TO HAVE HAD IT. WHY?? LET THERE BE NO DOUBT ABOUT THIS WE CHOOSE OUR DESTINY MISSIONS FOR OURSELVES BEFORE MAKING ENTRY INTO EACH SEPARATE LIFETIMES AND WE LIVE INFINITELY WITH THEM. LET THERE BE NO CONFUSION OR DOUBT ABOUT THIS — (( I ACTUALLY CHOOSE TO HAVE MY BIRTHMARK AND MADE THAT INNER SELF COMMAND TO HAVE IT BEFORE I EVER MADE AN ENTRY INTO THIS LIFETIME.)) I AM THE MOST FORTUNATE PERSON EVER TO HAVE CHOSEN TO HAVE MY BIRTHMARK. GO IN INFINITE LOVE – AGAIN YOU ARE TRULY MAGNIFICENT — YOU GOT THE LIGHT IN THOSE EYES OF YOURS.
    REX KUENER

  • your eyes..<3

  • why does it sound like he's about to cry throughout the whole video :C

  • I can't believe 50 publishers denied their proposal. I think it would've been a great book, but it's also great that you have this wonderful channel that's accessible to many. 👍

  • I think this is the only video with comments 😞

  • How could anyone hit the thumbs down on this page?

  • can someone explain why youtube shut down the comment section? i always thought that the guy who made the channel turned them off because he didn’t want the people in the videos to see hateful comments. but i guess that’s not the case. anyone care to explain? it’d be really appreciated 🙂

  • I came from the video where you wher talking about the disabled comment section. :(( you guys are an amazing channel btw!

  • Just found you. You are the most beautiful heart. Bringing a grown man to tears. Thank you for doing everything that you are doing.

  • Really needed a smile, and I really appreciate the Informative and sometimes more difficult issues you discuss. It’s humbling to see the time you’ve dedicated to such a noble cause. Please keep it up. Everyone needs a little bit more positivity, and you seem like a good hearted person with all of the best intentions. I wish you all the success in the world.

  • I enjoy your channel so much 🥰 .

  • So many great interviews, to bad no comments loud

  • Absolutely epic!

  • Thank you.

  • I am Social Care Worker from germany, you are doing so a loving job. A lot of Youtube Channels are a waste of time, but The Things that you Brings Light in my life an of others. thank you for your Work

  • Why youtube disable the comment in the other videos?

  • Heck yeah repping KY! I'm in Lexington ❤

  • This channel is a blessing. Thank you sir! You have brought joy to millions of people watching you worldwide and helped many others by approaching them and making them feel better! Thank you!

  • The wholesome site of the internet

  • I just started watching your channel this year and Chris, I've never been so touched by a YouTube channel and its content before. For the longest time, I've wondered about the origin of your mission and now here it is. Bless you and keep up the beautiful work. (:

  • Thank you for doing this job, young man.

  • This is one of the most amazing things I’ve seen . Such a perfect idea , you communicate so well with people with conditions where other people would really struggle and therefore see people with conditions such as ASD as ‘werid’ but no you show how amaizng each and every one of the people are 💗💗💗

  • He is Mister Rodgers incarnated

  • One of these videos, I was shocked with how smoothly and caringly you navigated an issue of loss with Alexandra, then I clicked on another video and was enamored with Grayson, and again shocked at the way that you spoke to him with care and integrity, but more so then that, how Grayson's personality shone through (and his intelligence, actually – 6 years old, right? That kid seems more wise than I would expect from a 6 year old). Then I watched the video with Jeff, and noticed how thoughtful your questions were, but beyond that mostly noticed how funny Jeff was. Watching each of your videos in turn has impressed upon me that the real amazing and heartwarming thing about these videos is how they're not about you or some agenda – it's your interviewees that steal the show. Thank you for giving all of us viewers the ability to have a glimpse into the lives, insight, and points of view all of these really stellar individuals.

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