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A collection of stories, experiences and uplifting tales regarding the world of disabilities and the individuals who have them.

Mom of Toddler With Down Syndrome Pushing Brands to Put Children With Disabilities in Ads

Nava Silton

Mom Meagan Nash wanted to change the perception people have of kids with special needs and now with the help of clothing company OshKosh B’Gosh, she is. Nash’s 15-month-old son with Downs Syndrome, Asher, will be modeling for the clothing company. This did not just come about, but rather is the result of an online campaign started by Nash that was shared more that 120,000 times! The campaign was started after Nash sent in photos of her son to a modeling agency during a casting call and later found out that the photos were never submitted because the company did not ask for children with special needs.  Nash was understandably hurt, wondering why a company would need to specify if they wanted a baby with or without special needs. After some research she came across an organization called Changing the Face of Beauty that identifies companies that have not yet used individuals with disabilities in their advertisements. Nash picked OshKosh B’Gosh because it is a subsidiary of Carter’s, the company that her photos were not submitted to. The children’s clothing company took notice when Nash’s photo and request went viral. The company has publicly stated that they are thankful that Nash opened up their eyes to the issue and that they loved working with Asher. Read more about Meagan and Asher here.