Recently, Good Morning America demonstrated the importance of showing children with disabilties examples of diversity in the media.
Carolyn Anderson shared with the popular morning show how her 4-year-old-daughter Maren was literally mesmerized by an ad from Ulta Beauty that features a young woman in a wheelchair.
Maren herself is in a wheelchair, because of her infantile epileptic encephalopathy, spinocerebellar ataxia, and pontocerebellar hypoplasia diagnoses, caused by a genetic mutation.
Carolyn captured this moment and put in on a Facebook post:
“Well Ulta, you absolutely stopped my girl in her tracks this evening,”
Carolyn later shared with GMA that Maren had been practicing navigating her new wheelchair for about 3 months and only recently became more comfortable using it in public.
“She got to see herself in this picture, and that planted a seed for her to see that there is a place for kids like her in this world. She was included.”
For so many people with a disability or diagnosis, feeling seen and heard can be such a struggle. Add then on top of that the special struggles of someone with a rare disease diagnosis — it may be especially hard to feel included.
So bravo to Ulta Beauty for helping girls with disabilities feel included in this world. We need more of that!
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