Nearly five years ago, her doctor advised Kate Driscoll that an ultrasound had picked-up several target markers for Down syndrome. Mrs. Driscoll, twenty months pregnant already had five sons, and she certainly wanted a little girl. But, the uncertainty clouded her mind. She now knows, however, that the best things in life are Daughters–or Sons.
When her Daughter was born, Kate and her Husband hadn’t even thought of a Girl’s name; but there is a cute story in the linked article, in the Chicago Tribune. When the doctor said she “You have your Girl”, a nurse asked her what they would call her; but, she didn’t know. The nurse said that “She looks like a Grace” and; so, Grace it is. The linked article is: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-23/news/ct-special-needs-kids-in-advertisements-met-20140323_1_down-syndrome-lemonade-stand-grace,
Kate Driscol decided that she would take pictures of her little girl, putting them on her Facebook page and a Blog she had created, letting the World see how beautiful Grace was. Then in time, she began to wonder why she didn’t see Children with disabilities in commercial advertisements. Kate and her Mothers’ Group cheered when Nordstrom’s and Target ran some ads, using Children with disabilities. But, there wasn’t any follow-through.
So, Kate had her husband convert their garage to a photographic studio, and she created a web site (ChangingTheFaceOfBeauty.org). Her goal was to display a gallery of Children with disabilities so that advertisers could see them and consider them for inclusion in their advertisements. Gradually, her efforts have gained some traction and peaked some interest in the advertising industry. But, she still has a long way to go.
Children especially face considerable challenges in life–especially as they get a little bit older. We know that the Military now accepts Gays and Lesbians, corporations are starting to recognize the workplace capabilities of workers with Autism, and people in wheelchairs can mosey up to their desk just like anyone else. Given the changing demographics in this Country, surely today’s Children with disabilities will be considered as mainstream, capable and as normal as anyone else when they grow up. But, why make them wit?