By Dr. Marciene Mattleman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – June weekends are about what The Washington Post calls “one of the most mythologized American rituals: the high school prom,” a rite of passage that all kids want to experience.READ MORE: First Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 Omicron Variant Reported In Philadelphia
But Camille, a 16-year-old autistic youngster, who watched her older sister Bella get ready for the big night, tapped on her electronic device, “Why am I not going to prom?”READ MORE: Mother Of Ahmir Jones, Teen Killed Protecting Girlfriend During Robbery Near Temple University, Speaks Out
That question was enough to energize Bella to ask a friend, also with an autistic sister, to recruit friends and organize a prom.
The group raised enough money for this year, next and beyond and the room with fancy dresses, chicken fingers and ice cream was a huge success as was practicing beforehand social skills like greeting, dancing steps and starting a conversation.MORE NEWS: 21-Year-Old Eddie Rodriguez Killed In Road Rage Shooting On Roosevelt Boulevard, Police Say
Very important as well was an opportunity for students in local schools to volunteer and to get to know and be with kids in all phases of autism in a social setting. There’s no question the prom is here to stay.