Every parent wants their child to be accepted and to succeed. Unfortunately, for many parents of children with disabilities, their children face prejudices and stereotypes. Sometimes, because of their disabilities, they may not have the same opportunities as their peers.
Recently, Asher Nash, a toddler with Down syndrome nearly missed out on a modeling opportunity simply because of his disability. The toddler is a natural in front of the camera, so his mother submitted his pictures to talent agencies. After not hearing back, she contacted one of the agencies.
They told her that her son’s photos were not even being submitted for jobs because companies were not specifically looking for children with special needs.
Asher's mother took to social media, talking about how she felt like her son and other children should be included in ads, no matter their abilities or disabilities. Apparently, both OshKosh B'gosh and Babies-R-Us agreed. They have both offered Asher modeling opportunities with their companies.
Asher is not the first model with Down's, and he is unlikely to be the last. For example, in 2014, one Target ad included Izzy Bradley, a toddler with Down syndrome, playing with a toy. Izzy was actually chosen for the campaign specifically because of her disability. In 2016, 32-year-old Katie Meade became the first model with Down's to be picked as the face of a beauty campaign. She was chosen as the spokesmodel for the hair care line Beauty & Pin-ups. She is even featured on their Fearless bottle. These are just some of the faces of people who are standing out in this field.
It is important for children with disabilities to have the opportunity to feel like normal, accepted individuals. Advocating for children with disabilities is an important part of ensuring that they are treated with respect and given the opportunity to feel like they are unique in wonderful ways.
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