When Megan Nash was sending photos of son Asher, who has Down Syndrom, to a local model agency, she was told by the owner of the agency that her son’s photos were not submitted to the company because it “didn’t specify special needs.” That’s when Nash knew she had to do something.
She and her son set off on a mission to change the advertising world by making it more inclusive. “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?” Nash told HuffPost. Since then, Nash has been pushing for her son’s representation in ads even harder.
Megan posted three photos of her adorably photogenic son to Facebook, hoping it would get OshKosh B’Gosh’s attention. “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 said. “I want people to know they are not just a trend that comes and goes in advertisement, they are here to stay.” The photos have gone viral since, as they’ve been posted by other Facebook pages, including Kids with Down Syndrome, where they’ve been shared over 111k times.