The legacy of the National Capital A Cinderella Ball model proves how the initiative has enriched disabled children and young people's access to inclusive and positive activities and the impact it has on their well-being. The House Student Leadership Center leads the coalition of like-minded partners and uses the philanthropic generosity of individual and corporate donors to make strategic investments that enhance children's lives.
Inclusion works. Advancing the Center's mission to improve the lives of children, The House Student Leadership Center has over the years guided thousands of its students to serve their peers through a developed service-learning initiative, the National Capital A Cinderella Ball. A huge voice to winning the future, the effort the students of the Center undertake on behalf of their middle and high school peers has a lasting and far-reaching impact.
This year's Ball marks the twelfth anniversary celebrating children of America's men and women in uniform living with a life-limiting disabilities or illnesses, helping break down barriers that exclude special needs students. This event features a banquet, entertainment, awards, and after-party Ball for children who otherwise may not experience this type of social engagement.
The principals and provision of this initiative are a great advancement and create a framework for all children with disabilities to be included in social settings. Students with disabilities experience difficulties in their ability to problem solve, socialize, communicate, and associate with limitations in activities in all environments. They are at a risk for lower participation in social and leisure activities critical in fostering friendships, developing interests, and promoting well-being.