If a child is the light of a parent’s world, then Kristin Selby Gonzalez, President of the Autism Hope Alliance, is spreading that light with Autism Prom Night at the Fount Church in Fountain Valley, California. This unique event is open to everyone over age 13 at any level of the autism spectrum. Many on the spectrum and their parents never had a chance at activities many of us take for granted like prom.
With the theme “A Night to Radiate”, the special joys of prom with all the fun of dressing up, corsages, music, photos, dancing, and delicious, healthy snacks will now be offered in a flexible and enjoyable setting. Attendees can relax and be themselves and make memories they and their parents and supporters never thought would be possible.
Ric Seaver, director of family and children’s ministry at Fount Church, is sensitive to the social situation challenges that can be faced by many on the spectrum and the challenges of their parents finding safe and fun events like this. He states, “It’s kind of the hopes and dreams of the parents.”
Pastor Glen Haworth supports this wonderful event that supports the church’s mission of assisting underserved community members. His plans include outfitting a therapeutic safe space for individuals with special needs.
Selby Gonzalez has passionately supported the autism community and their families through education, best practice ideas, and donations to parents to try new ideas through the Autism Hope Alliance. Her dedication to the amazing growth of her son on the spectrum and all the parents she assists is unique and powerful. She stresses the importance of volunteering your time and skills to show you care, beyond just monetary contributions. Volunteering also leads to increased inclusion. To register for the 6:00pm to 8:30pm event on July 30th at Fount Church or to volunteer, go to this link: radiatepossibilitycamp.org
Tickets, food, photos, and fun at this once in a lifetime Autism Prom Night are free!
All of us at 101cbd.org are so proud to be a part of the remarkable journey of Selby Gonzalez and her son and the many others we continue to support in the autism community.