Sixteen year old Josie Webster was not included when her class planned a formal dance, she wasn’t even told about the event and learned of it on Facebook. Josie also has Down Syndrome and is one of four special needs students in her class, none of them were invited to the dance even though it was billed as a fund raiser for special needs students.
Josie’s mother, Julie was so upset when they found the photos of the rest of her class dancing and enjoying themselves at the party she had been left out of that she decided to make a “revenge” video.
The video was also a celebration of Josie’s life, detailing all of the things she has done and accomplished in spite of her disability. She has traveled all over, riding river rapids, crawling through the tunnels left by the Viet Cong in Vietnam, jungle surfing in the Daintree in Queensland.
She is also a drummer and participates regularly as a dancer at music festivals.
Anyone who has ever known someone with Down Syndrome knows that they are the most loving and tolerant people in the world, they hold no malice toward anyone, even those who treat them badly, they will freely forgive them for their inappropriate behavior.
Julie says, “She may not get to dress up and dance but her life is more of a dance than most. I will continue to dance with her, even if no one else does.”
Watch the inspiring video below.