Mom Fights Back After Son Gets Rejected From Ad Campaign “Because He Has Down’s Syndrome”

“People need to realize that babies, children, and adults with disabilities deserve to be in advertisements just as much as a typical person does.”

Credit: Megan Nash

Credit: Megan Nash

Megan Nash is the proud mother of an adorable boy named Asher. Though Asher has a unique look due to Down Syndrome, his genetic condition doesn’t make him any less lovable or charismatic. In fact, his ability to light up a room with his smile is what inspired Megan to send his pictures to a local ad agency. Unfortunately, Nash was dismayed when the agency turned down her son’s photos because the company “didn’t specify special needs.”

The response was a clear sign to Nash that she needed to do something about the discrimination which is prevalent in the modeling/fashion industry. To raise awareness about the need for inclusiveness and diversity, she began pushing her son’s representation in ads even harder.

She told HuffPost: 

“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 seen his picture?”

To call out the ad agency, Megan decided to post three adorably photogenic pictures of her son to Facebook. She said,

“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.” 

It definitely garnered attention. The post went viral and has since been shared by other Facebook pages, including Kids with Down Syndrome, thousands of times. Says Nash:

“I want people to know they are not just a trend that comes and goes in advertisement, they are here to stay.”

Fortunately, Nash isn’t the only activist to advocate for more inclusive standards of beauty. This model was once bullied for her dark skin, but now inspires thousands with her bold and unique beauty.

This adorable little boy was rejected by an ad agency because of a genetic condition. 

Credit: Megan Nash

Credit: Megan Nash

So his mother, Megan, fought back by posting this Facebook post: 

Credit: Megan Nash

Credit: Megan Nash

The post went viral and has been shared over 111k times!

Credit: Megan Nash

Credit: Megan Nash

“People need to realize that babies, children and adults with disabilities deserve to be in advertisements just as much as a typical person does.”

Credit: Megan Nash

Credit: Megan Nash

“I want people to know they are not just a trend that comes and goes in advertisement, they are here to stay.”

Credit: Megan Nash

Credit: Megan Nash

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