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Nobody dances quite like one-year-old Piper Anderson.

Nobody laughs or smiles or loves like her either.

"She's so cuddly!" swoons Mom Katelyn, looking lovingly at her daughter.

Katelyn says they didn't learn Piper had Down Syndrome until after she was born.

"When they asked for the blood test, I was like 'oh, just punch me in the gut,'" she remembers.

But their doctor told the Anderson family they had a beautiful, healthy, perfect baby girl, with a wonderful big brother and two parents determined to show off all she can do.

"It sends us into a panic as parents, but then we realize, 'oh, we've been able to overcome this. We're OK with it!' But then we're like 'OK, how are our friends and neighbors going to handle things? Are they going to love my child, are they going to accept her?' I don't know, you want your child to be loved and accepted," Katelyn said.

A while ago, Katelyn came across a movie, called "Intelligent Lives."

The film is produced by actor Chris Cooper, who says his son, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, succeeded in life, not because of IQ tests, but because he was included in the classroom, in studies, in social settings, where people learned different was OK.

"Since we don't know about this stuff, and since we don't see people as 'that's fine, you're different, you're unique' instead, it's 'oh, what's wrong,' you know? We have these amazing individuals who have these wonderful souls and hearts that I feel like, they need to be able to be out there and the best way to affect us, is to be with us," Katelyn said.

The film will be shown in theaters where enough tickets are sold and Katelyn is fighting to have it shown in the Lehigh Valley, to educate her own community.

"I want them to be able to see my child and any child who's suffering from a disability - whethe r that be physical or mental - I want them to be able to know this child has value, and has potential and it might not be the same potential that you see in one person, because each of us has strengths and each of us has weaknesses," she said.

She's halfway to the goal and is hoping teachers, parents, teenagers and others will join her.

She wants the world to see nobody is quite like Piper, and that's exactly how it should be.

"You know there's a saying that we put out there all the time, I wouldn't change you for the world, but I would change the world for you," she said.

If you'd like to help have the movie shown locally, purchase tickets online.

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