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Teen With Down Syndrome Is Thrilled to Be Invited to Party

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Teen With Down Syndrome Is Invited To Her First Party Ever - This Leaves Her In Tears

Spoiler Alert: She had the best time ever!

When you're a teenager, parties can be the event of the year — that is, if you're on the guest list. Chances are, unless you were Regina George, at some point or another we've all been excluded from a party we were dying to go to.

There's no worse feeling than hearing about all your friends having the best night ever when you were stuck at home watching a re-run of Friends (the irony isn't lost on us).

So when one teenager with Down syndrome was invited to her first party ever, she was over the moon..but she had no idea what was in store for her.


A Dream Come True

Macy's life has often been marked by exclusion. According to her mom, Heather Avis, Macy has only been invited to a handful of birthday parties since starting school. So when Macy got into the car one day, clutching an invitation with a look of pure joy, Heather knew this was a moment to cherish.

"Yesterday, Macy showed me an invitation to a birthday party for a friend at school who is also in the life skills program," Heather shared in an Instagram post. "Her joy from this invitation is palpable. WOW! To me, it spoke of a longing fulfilled. All I could do was laugh with her and then cry as I celebrated with her."

A Moment of Pure Joy — "We All Want To Be Wanted"

In a heartwarming video, Macy's excitement is evident as she waves the invitation, her happiness contagious.

"You got invited to a birthday party?" Heather asks, her voice choked with emotion.

"Yeah!" Macy replies, grinning from ear to ear before letting out a joyful squeal.

Heather's voice breaks as she explains to TODAY.com, "My sweet girl is so elated to be included. It speaks to the common humanity that we all share. We all as humans want to feel like we belong. We all want to be wanted."

A Celebration of Belonging

On May 30, Heather shared an update that highlighted the significance of the birthday party. Macy is seen laughing and clapping, her body language speaking volumes.

"What did you tell me when we were there?" Heather asks.

"I love it here!" Macy responds, her joy undeniable.

Later, Macy adds, "I love birthday parties!"

Heather highlights an important detail: the birthday boy is a disabled student in the life skills class at Macy’s school. "The party was inclusive not because a student in the general education program invited Macy, but because a person with an intellectual disability invited both disabled and non-disabled individuals," Heather wrote. "It was inclusive because people like Macy and the young man we were celebrating, who are often excluded, truly understand how to include others. Let’s reflect on that for a moment!"

A Lesson In Inclusion

Macy's story is a powerful reminder of the importance of inclusion and the simple yet profound joy of being invited and included. It highlights the universal desire to belong and the impact that a single act of kindness can have. As Macy continues to find her place and share her happiness, she serves as an inspiration to create a world where everyone feels wanted and valued.

“We all have the opportunity to be the person to say, ‘I’m going to create a space where everyone can belong,'" she says.

"When I arrived at the party, I didn’t know anyone there. As Macy and I approached the birthday boy’s mom to introduce ourselves and thank her for the invitation, she greeted us with huge hugs and said, 'I’m so happy you’re here!' I confessed that I felt a bit nervous because I didn’t know anyone, and she reassured me, saying, 'Oh, these are our people. This is a safe space for all of us.' And she was absolutely right."

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