On May 31, The Help Group’s Sunrise School hosted their 7th annual “Dayla” – a year-end prom that takes place during the day. Forty juniors and seniors altogether participated in the three hour dance. Tropical island themed decorations filled the auditorium, making the event especially festive!

Parents and students had a terrific time taking photos in front of the fountain at The Help Group’s Sherman Oaks campus. It is so meaningful for parents to see their children interacting with peers and taking part in this momentous occasion. Parents left after photos were taken, and the students spent the rest of the event dancing and having fun with one another.

Sue Anne Kaples, Principal of Sunrise School at The Help Group, established the “Dayla” seven years ago to give students an opportunity to celebrate prom with their schoolmates, as neurotypical high school students do every spring. The dance happens during the day to support Sunrise students’ unique needs.

“The Dayla is the best day of the year. It’s a chance for families to see their kids all dressed up and students are able enjoy a rite of passage that is just for them. Students take pride in wearing formal wear and being part of a special celebration. They truly do enjoy it,” remarked Sue Anne Kaples.

Sunrise School is designed to meet the needs of students with moderate to severe disabilities, typically associated with autism or an intellectual disability. The primary goal is to enable each student to realize his or her fullest potential and to become as independent as possible.