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Child With Down Syndrome Living His Dream Thanks To The Help Of Strangers

A Georgia mom named Meagan Nash had made it her mission to make advertising more inclusive, and her 15-month-old son Asher is part of her campaign.

Nash has been submitting photos of Asher, who has Down syndrome, to a local modeling agency named C2 Kids to try and get him featured in ad campaigns for several firms.

“A lot needs to change in the advertisement world and people need to realize that babies, children and adults with disabilities deserve to be in advertisements just as much as a typical person does,” Nash explained in an interview.

An interaction with C2 Kids a few months ago led to Nash’s fervor for change. She followed up with the owner of the kids’ modeling agency asking about a casting for Asher for Carter’s, Inc. But when Nash asked about the casting, the agency owner gave her an honest answer, explaining she had not submitted Asher because the firm making the ads “didn’t specify special needs.”

“My first thought was how in the world does she know they don’t want a child with a disability if they haven’t even see his picture?” Nash commented.

Nash pointed out why it was wrong not to submit her son via email, and eventually, the owner agreed that she should submit Asher for the casting. Moreover, the agency owner is submitting Asher for other castings as well.

Since then, Nash has been working hard to increase diversity and representation in advertising. Her moving post for Changing the Face of Beauty has been reposted on other Facebook pages, including Kids with Down Syndrome.

In that post, Nash wrote that her son would love to model for OshKosh B’Gosh, whose parent company is Carter’s, Inc., and called for inclusion in the ad industry.

“I was hoping by posting the picture and calling out OshKosh...that it just might get enough attention to change the world’s view on people with disabilities and spread awareness about this issue,” Nash commented.

Nash also noted in her interview that an employee from Carter’s, Inc.’s marketing department has recently contacted her.

She remarked: “I went over everything from the beginning and she said that OshKosh strives to have diversity in their ads and that they would be working toward changing the way their ads are so that they use babies and children with disabilities in the future.”

A spokesperson for OshKosh B’Gosh confirmed that the firm has been in contact with Nash and said they are looking forward to a meeting with Nash and her son.

Source: The Huffington Post
Photo: AWM

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