- A mom took to social media to show appreciation for an ad that promotes inclusion for persons with disability
- She said that her little boy stopped and stared at the ad because he can relate with it
- Her son Oliver has a rare condition that made him unable to walk
A mother shared on social media the touching moment when her son stopped at a shopping center to stare at an ad that he could relate with.
“Today, Oliver stopped me dead in his tracks and turned back around to see this picture he spotted. He just stared at it in awe,” Facebook page Ollie’s World narrated. The mom behind the page said her kid was happy to see another boy like him who was smiling and laughing on a display at Target.
“Oliver sees kids every day, but he never gets to see kids like him. That was amazing! I am so happy that other kids who pass through here with their parents will see this,” she said.
She also said that representation is important especially for persons with disability.
“There is a lot of focus on representing diversity, but representing people with disa
bilities is just as important,” the post said.
The post has gained 13,000 reactions and over 9,000 shares as of this posting, so it has already reached the mother of the boy, Colton, on the ad.
“I’m that little boy in the Target display’s Mom and this picture has me in tears. Tell Ollie he can do anything he puts his mind to,” Ashley Catharine said in the comment box.
According to Oliver’s Facebook page, he has a rare condition called caudal regression syndr0me.
“This means that baby Oliver’s spinal cord did not fully develop. His spinal cord is not connected to his legs and he is unable to move them or use them in any way,” the page said.
Ollie’s family also extended their gratitude to Colton for being an inspiration to their son.
“This post was shared so much that it made it to the family and the boy in the Target display. Thank you, Colton in Massachusetts for making a difference,” the post said.