Nearly 54-million Americans have special needs. As special needs children grow into adulthood, the challenges grow.
The Arc of Tuscaloosa addresses those concerns. However, it's one program in particular that has created a buzz all over west Alabama.
It is Sounds of Joy, a choir for special needs adults age 21 and over. In this choir, the music comes from the heart.
The choir practices some 16 hours a week. As for performances, Sounds of Joy is in high demand, performing at churches, schools and hospitals and nursing homes.
Judy Duncan, the choir director, says giving special needs adults this opportunity can be life-changing.
"We feel like everyone's self esteem has gone up. We have a purpose in life," said Duncan.
Duncan believes the reason the group is so popular has more to do with their personality than their pitch.
"We decided as a group that we may not be singing that good but we certainly can bring joy to everybody," she said.
The next performance April 17th at Heritage Nursing Home in Tuscaloosa.
The choir has added a puppet show as well that is very popular with school children.
For more information visit http://www.thearcoftuscaloosa.org/