Going to prom is a rite of passage for most teenagers, although attending such events doesn’t often come cheap. Indeed, in 2017 Grandville High School in west Michigan was charging $40 per person for admission to its ball. However, Allan Milton wasn’t about to let a lack of funds stop him from attending the dance – and he had quite the crafty plan to raise some cash, too.
Allan has been diagnosed as having autism – a developmental disorder that typically affects social skills and the ability to communicate. As a consequence of his condition, the 18-year-old therefore regularly attended special classes at school to aid his studies. But while Allan and his peers with autism weren’t being stopped from receiving a good education, they were at risk of missing out on one key part of the high school experience.
You see, nobody in Allan’s classes had ever been to prom. And perhaps because of that, the senior took part in a scheme that would help himself and his fellow students attend the end-of-year festivities. That endeavor, moreover, involved a pursuit at which Allan was particularly skilled.