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Adults with Special Needs Entertain Live Audiences

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – They have spent their lives, beating the odds and on Thursday, a group of special needs adults will continue their journey, in front of a live audience using sign language and song.

In the moments leading up to the big performance, it's hard to find anyone not ready to put eight weeks of rehearsal to work.

"I just act natural and act casual," said actress Pam Inman.

This group of actors are about to take center stage in front of a live audience starting out with the American Musical classic Grease and using sign language.

"They're learning a whole additional way to communicate with others," said Carolyn German, who is the Supervisor of the theater and music department with Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation.

Actors Josh Putnam and Inman are showing the world living with special needs is not limiting at all, but inspiring to the world with every success.

"If you want to do it you can do it because you have the courage to do it," said Inman.

Everyone on stage during Thursday's performance was part of the Metro Parks Adults Disability Day Program.

These participants were made up of adults living with special needs who have all graduated from high school.

"There's an ability to learn, there's an ability to grow and an ability to share and to teach somebody else," said German.

She said this performance was not only about putting on a show, but also about teaching each person, on stage and in the audience, that life is not about what others think you're capable of doing, but how you attempt to conquer this test called life.

"It teaches them that they are incredibility capable, incredibility interesting people, incredibility powerful in their ability to communicate," said German.

This performance was not a one man show.

"Nobody is a superstar, it's all a team," said Putnam.

Organizers said the money raised at Thursday's performances would benefit future projects with Metro Parks Disabilities Program.


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