Special Needs Prom Dinner

Fullerton Cares teamed up with a Fullerton restaurant to made prom inclusive for people of all abilities by hosting ten special education students from Sonora High School in La Habra for an inclusive disability prom dinner, that will be fully supported by behavioral therapists posing as servers and a modified menu for accessibility.

To tailor the dinner to the needs of 3 students with down syndrome and 7 students with autism, it will be chaperoned by two educational specialists from the Sonora High Community Based Instruction team and the hostess and waitresses will be behaviorally-trained educators and therapists provided through Fullerton Cares, a nonprofit foundation supporting special education and autism awareness.

Angie Sellers, prom volunteer organizer and substitute special education teacher at Fullerton Joint Union High School District, of Fullerton, with a participating son, Christopher Brady, 17, with autism, says of the event, “They are high school seniors and deserve this experience. These kids deserve to be part of society and not to go away because autism isn’t going away and disability across the board isn’t going away. I have a dream for my son to go to prom and a clinical diagnosis isn’t going to change that.”