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One 13-year-old's Birthday Dance Shows #DownSyndromeStillRocks

This teen celebrating his birthday by busting a move is sure to put a smile on your face.

Turning 13 is a big deal, and Dehvin Flowers, a young man with Down Syndrome, is rocking it!

Two days ago Dehvin's mom posted a video on Facebook of him dancing in the car. Since then, the video's gone viral, with more than 2 million views. Dehvin's moves are awesome, and his excitement infectious.

Check it out:

Dehvin's mom Kenya has been posting videos of him under the hashtag #DownSyndromeStillRocks for a while now, and there's a whole page dedicated to "Dancing Dehvin."

Dehvin's a great dancer, and his videos are fun to watch. With that said, I think it's important to note that the disability community often expresses frustration about having their ordinary activities treated as inspiration for non-disabled people. Their frustration is understandable, and too often we hear stories about people with disabilities doing normal things like going to the store, baking cakes, dancing, and going to prom. These stories are often presented as if to say, "if this person with a disability can do this thing, imagine what you can do..."

But Dehvin's videos are not like that.

Dehvin's video are a celebration of Dehvin. They are not about us saying, "Oh wow, someone with Down Syndrome is dancing." They are videos about joy. About excitement. About a mom cheering her boy on as he busts a move and then proudly sharing it with the world. They are videos about love, acceptance, and a young boy showing off one of his talents.

So, happy birthday Dehvin! Keep dancing, even when it's not your birthday. And let's take a moment to celebrate our kids of all abilities. Feel free to share a moment of joyful celebration with your own kids with special needs in the comments below.

Jamie Pacton lives near Portland where she drinks loads of coffee, dreams of sailing, and enjoys each day with her husband and two sons. Find her at www.jamiepacton.com and Twitter @jamiepacton.