Facebook and blogs have been abuzz with talk of the recently run ads by mega retailers Nordstrom and Target featuring a boy with Down syndrome. The most notable thing, possibly, is that neither company made a big deal about it, and that, my friends, says a lot. It says that he’s just a kid in their eyes, and they didn’t set out to capitalize on what sets him apart from the typical models they use.
This actually isn’t the first time Target has run an ad featuring a child with Down syndrome. Check this one out:
Here’s an old McDonald’s commercial – I actually remember this being run!
Here’s an article I found about another child model who happens to have Down syndrome:
It’s all about inclusion. In every aspect of life. Inclusion is good for everyone. Opening doors and providing opportunities to people with Down syndrome allows them to achieve things that in years past we never dreamed possible. And being exposed to people with differences in everyday situations tears down walls and promotes acceptance.
And that’s the truth.