Teen born with autism gets to attend prom thanks to special friend
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When Jon Larson was diagnosed with autism more than 16 years ago, his parents formed a mental list of all the things he would never do: Play on the football team, get married, go to prom.
But last week, in the gym of Clear Lake High School, Mike and Mary Larson looked on as their son walked arm-in-arm among balloons and colored lights with his prom date, Maddi Colbeth. The two aren’t an item, because Jon’s disability makes it impossible for him to have a conversation, let alone a romantic relationship.
But they are friends, and Maddi thought Jon should have the opportunity to do the things every other high school junior can do. “I’ve seen a lot of good kids doing great things every day, but this just blew me away,” said Jon’s father, band director at the high school. So he posted a paragraph about Maddi’s good deed and a photo of the two teens on his Facebook page the night of the dance, April 27. Since then, it has been shared more than 300,000 times and “liked” half a million.