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Hand-in-Hand Prom attendees leave ‘with a full heart’ after night of fun

The event was for high school students and young adults with special needs or disabilities to enjoy an evening of dancing and fun.

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Some Quad City high school students didn't let their disabilities stop them from dancing the night away. The Hand-in-Hand Prom was held at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Davenport on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

The event was for high school students and young adults with special needs or disabilities to enjoy an evening of dancing and fun. The prom has been going on for a handful of years and has grown from only about 10 participants to at least 30.

"It's a fun way for our participants of all abilities to come out and enjoy a prom that they might traditionally not be able to do. It gives them opportunities that they deserve to have in our community," said Stephanie Dorton, assistant director of Hand-in-Hand.

"It's a really big friendship and it's just a fun event where they can come and be themselves. It's definitely their prom and that's the way we want it to feel. We want them to feel like this is their night," said Dorton.

Hand-in-Hand is a Quad Cities non profit that aims to offer programming, education, support and learning experiences for children and young adults, including those with disabilities. The Prom is just one of many events held during the year.

"They just walk away with a full heart. All the way around, everybody leaves with a full heart," said Dorton.

Dorton encourages the public to get in touch with the organization if they are interested in the programs or in volunteering, either on Facebook or through their website.

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