17-Year-Old Girl Goes Out of Her Way to Make Prom Special for Her Date With Autism

prom autismThere is no doubt that teenagers tend to get a bad rap. Between the bullying and the weird YouTube videos and the drug use and the sassiness, most parents of children dread the day our precious babies turn 13. But there are some teens who make us realize things aren't really as bad as they might seem.

Maddie is a senior in high school, and in a story that is floating around Facebook this week, it's revealed that she went to the parents of Jon, a junior, and asked them if she could take their son to prom. She chose this way because Jon is autistic. “He’s a junior,” she explained to Jon's mom. “So it’s his prom too. I just think he should have the chance to go.”

Cue the tears. Apparently the two met through a group that pairs teens with special needs with kids like Maddie and she took a special liking to Jon. What a moving story.

It's not that prom is really such a huge thing. I mean, it is. For many kids, it's the pinnacle of the high school experience. But it's also that a 17-year-old girl spent so much time thinking about a 16-year-old boy who she could have just as easily been mean to or cruel toward.

Apparently she spent a lot of time learning about Jon -- his favorite color so she could get an orange dress; his favorite food so they could go to a restaurant that served it.

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They went with a group just like any other couple and they probably had fun just like any other couple.

When I was a teen, there weren't groups like this and special needs students were separate and we rarely saw them. This is what made it feel "other" and different. Today's teens do a lot of stupid things, but this is one thing they are getting right.

Every teen should have the opportunity to enjoy typical teen events like prom or homecoming or a football game or dinner with friends. Maddie recognized this and she looked underneath all the labels and saw the person.

It's a heartwarming story and something I am sure both Maddie and Jon (and surely his parents as well) will remember the rest of their lives.

Happy prom to them all!

Does this story move you as well?


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LostS... LostSoul88

It's teen like her that still give me hope for this word and not fear the world my children are growing up in. I wish there was a lot more teens just like her. 

lonel... lonelygirl_72

I love this I have a 15yr old autistic daughter and I hope she gets to experience her prom as well.This made me tear up there are good kids in this world we just don't always see or hear about them.

Sierr... SierraLynn

That is really awesome.

luvmy... luvmy5gr8

This is awesome!!!! My son is 12 and has autism I hope someday someone can look past this and get to know him. I LOVE THIS GIRL!!!!

nonmember avatar Rory Gilmore

I mean, it's nice what the girl did. I do agree with that. But why is it with stories like this that the "typical" person gets praise for being nice to an autistic person? Sure, she chose to be nice to him instead of being an asshole, but doesn't that apply to everyone she meets? And there are autistic teenagers who date every day. Why aren't they being praised? Again, I'm not saying she's not being nice. It's just hard to continually reading stories praising "typical" people for being nice to autistic people because the implication is that autistic people are assumed to be "less than." Otherwise, there would be no story. It would be just two teenagers going to prom and having a good time, which is how it is supposed to be.

rache... rachel499

Nice story Sasha!

nonmember avatar Guest!

This happens more than you think. These 'buddy' programs are quite popular in schools now and the buddies are generally warm-hearted and good kids. My nephew's buddy took him to prom and I know 2 other kids in that class did the same. Brings tears to my eyes, thinking about it, because it may be the only 'normal' high school experience some of the special needs students have.

got3boyz got3boyz

I wish there were more stories like this one.  

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