Some Recent Happy News

Maddie Turco

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Every year, the baby food brand Gerber holds a competition to find that year’s “Gerber Baby” who will serve as the face of its product. This contest is for any child under the age of 3 years and has a cash prize of $50,000. In 2018, for the first time, Lucas Warren, an 18 month old baby with Down Syndrome, was chosen out of 140,000 children as the “Gerber Baby.” In 91 years, Gerber has never selected a child with special needs…until now.

But this news means more than just a baby brand’s spokesperson; it shows how the world is changing. Media representation of every child is vital. Gerber’s decision shows that Lucas and every other child with a disability is more than his/her diagnosis: he/she is a contributing being in society. Katie Driscoll, founder and president of Changing the Face of Beauty (a non-profit organization with the goal of equal representation of people with disabilities) told “Today” that  bigger companies have the power to change the way people with disabilities are portrayed.

In the long run, this announcement is a big step in the right direction towards the advancement of awareness for children with special needs.


*To see a photo of Lucas Warren search: Gerber Baby 2018

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