Being the parent of a teenager isn’t easy, what with keeping up with the trends, dealing with mood swings and trying to discipline your growing child while letting them have their independence. But when your teenager son has autism as well, life can be very complicated and difficult.
That’s why when this dad shared a story about his autistic son, Jon, and his prom date, it really touched our hearts. Read what he has to say below:
“This is my son Jon with his prom date Maddie. He is a junior and he has autism. About a month ago, Maddie, a senior, came to my office (I’m a teacher at their school) and asked if Jon’s mom and I would allow her to take him to prom. Maddie had gotten to know Jon through a school club that promotes friendships between special needs kids and regular kids. ‘He’s a junior,’ she explained ‘so it’s his prom too. I just think he should have the chance to go.’ I told her we would be honored to have him go with her.
During the next couple weeks, she asked what his favorite color was (orange) so she could get a dress in that color. She also made reservations for their group (they doubled with another couple) at a restaurant that served his favorite food – chicken fingers and French fries.
I encourage everyone to like and share this for three reasons:
1. To show support for special kids like Jon
2. To show support for groups that promote these friendships
3. To remind us all, in a time when we hear about all the terrible things going on, that there are wonderful kids like Maddie working to make other’s lives better.”
Dad shares that watching his son at prom was a dream come true: “It’s something I never thought would happen for our family, and not only did it happen, but it’s happened in such a beautiful way. … It will be one of the nicest memories of our lives.”
Share this with your friends and family today!