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True Colors Show Choir puts voices of people with disabilities in spotlight

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Finding your voice in this world can be tough. Putting that voice out there for everyone to hear is even more difficult, but that's what a group of young adults with intellectual disabilities do to prove to themselves — and to everyone else — that there's power and beauty in putting it out there.

The True Colors Show Choir has been singing and dancing their hearts out all over Chicagoland for the last decade. Founder Heather Hutchison said the idea hit her after the birth of her son, who has autism.

"It was kind of an idea that came from my own experience as a parent of a child on the spectrum and seeing how he learned differently, very visually, and how things made sense to him when they were acted out or sung," Heather said.

Nonprofit Artful IMPACT! supports the choir, along with numerous other art experiences for individuals across Chicagoland. As they join the choir, performers' disabilities no longer take center stage. It's their confidence, joy and voices that are stealing the show.

"It makes me feel awesome!"performer Katie Smith said. "I love my wonderful friends that I get to be with, and being onstage is just one of my favorite things to do."

The True Colors Choir will perform at the DuPage Children's Museum on April 21, as well as Naperville's Rib Fest and the Chicago Premium Outlets this summer.

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