Mom/Hero Launches Prom For Kids With Autism & Special Needs In Her Community

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Joy Cameron is a mom and Shero from Boise, Idaho who is transforming the lives of special needs kids in her community. Two years ago, she wanted her son, who has autism, to have a graduation present he would never forget. So she created her own event called Shine! Prom, and invited other students with disabilities to attend.

It was only meant to be a one-off thing, but the word has spread and Joy has just wrapped her third event on May 2nd which has brought so much joy to not only more students, but adults as well.

“My son has autism, he’s turning 20 and I know what it’s like to see him as he grew up not getting invited to parties not getting to go to typical activities. The first year I did it was for my son, it was his graduation present,” she told her local news station who covered the story.

Because of the popularity of this one-of-a-kind event, Joy has opened it up to all ages, as it was meant to be an event that enables people with disabilities to feel included.

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But it ain’t just the event she offer, Joy has also started the Shine boutique where people donate dresses and men’s suits for the attendees to wear.

During the Shine! Prom, party-goers get to dance, take photos in a photo booth, eat great food and know that they are loved.

What we love most about this story is that Joy is going above and beyond her own life to ensure other people with disabilities and special needs in her community get to experience life as normal.

Her efforts have been covered in the media across the globe from Cosmopolitan.com to the Telegraph in the UK!

So if you are looking for a way to make a difference in the world and don’t know where to start, use Joy’s story as inspiration to know that you don’t have to look far. Within your own community are opportunities to enrich the lives of others.

We’re hoping the Shine! Prom continues to grow each year. Check out photos of past events and more news coverage on their Facebook page.

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