A Prom For Teens With Special Needs

Students with special needs nominated to be prom queens and king: It’s happened a lot in recent years. I’ve loved that trend, and whenever teens with different abilities are included in mainstream activities. Sometimes, though, it’s awesome to see kids with special needs banding together and doing their own thing. That’s what happened this Wednesday at Tahquitz High School in Hemet, California, which hosted the first prom for students with special needs in the district.

A special education teacher organized the event, as reported in The Press-Enterprise, which attracted 160 students. They arrived dressed up, posed for prom photos, danced a lot and generally had a great time (you know, like any teens). Not disclosed: Whether anyone spiked the drinks. You know, like any teens.

There were fifty general ed students on hand who’d volunteered for the event, and who surely picked up some valuable lessons.  As one told a reporter,  ”Don’t judge a book by its cover.” (see a gallery of photos here).

I’d love for Max to experience a prom someday. And if he dances up a storm with the friends he loves at school, well, that would be all sorts of amazing. Especially if he spikes the drinks.

From my other blog

How did you tell friends and family your child had special needs?

How NOT to encourage your child’s obsession

A guy with Down syndrome becomes a web victim, and his parents sue


Photo credit: Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/PE.com

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  2. by Meredith

    On May 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Our church does hosts an annual prom for special needs students called “A Night To Remember.” It’s the best!!!

    Here’s a link to a video recap of this year’s big event: