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Special Night For Student And Her Classmates
May 27, 2003

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO--Friday night was special for 17-year-old Christina Whittam. Not "special" as in "special education" or "special needs".

It was truly special because it was prom night, which, I'm told, is special for most teenage girls . . . and some teenage boys.

A story featured in Saturday's York Region News noted that Whittam has multiple disabilities and that she communicates through vocalizations, gestures and a communication book.

It also pointed out that she has been fully integrated in her schooling from junior kindergarten to her present Grade 12. Many of the students attending the prom have been in the same classrooms, school concerts and school trips as Christina since they started school.

Entire article:
"Belle of the ball" (York Region News)


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