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Disabled students get a prom of their own in Springfield

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Some people go to the prom in a limo. Some bring their own set of wheels. Wheelchairs rolled down the red carpet at Waterford reception hall in Springfield Friday.  Teachers say the kids have been looking forward to this day all year.

"It's a rite of passage for any high school student and we want our students to have the same experience," says Jeanie Glasser of the Key Center School in Fairfax County. Key Center School is for disabled people ages 5 to 22.

"Many of our students are intellectually disabled at a severe range. And what that means is they may have medical complexities, some behavioral complexities, but they're teenagers just like everyone else," says Principal Ann Smith. Their counterparts at nearby Lee High School planned the event, which had a Las Vegas theme. Students from both schools danced, ate, and posed for pictures - just like at any other prom.

Hector Parada is a Lee student who helped plan the 'day prom'.

"What I've learned, personally, is just to appreciate my life a little better. You never know when it's going to end and not to take everything for granted. I really like the kids' optimism," says Parada.

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