As one commenter said on Kmart's Facebook page: "Your small gesture of acceptance and inclusion creates small steps towards more public acceptance."
I couldn't agree more with this sentiment, and I'm thrilled to note that this ad is part of a larger trend towards more inclusion in the retail and fashion industries.
For example, in the last few months, Lego made headlines by announcing the upcoming release of a minifigure in a wheelchair. We've also seen models with disabilities walking the runway and appearing in major ad campaigns this year. With the help of the nonprofit Runway of Dreams, Tommy Hilfiger recently released an adaptive clothing line. And the folks at Changing the Face of Beauty report that there are many more exciting opportunities happening in the coming months.
I'm especially glad to see this after the recent World Down Syndrome Day PSA that I believe didn't do enough to include someone with a disability.
Kmart's actions are another step in the right direction towards full inclusion, and I can't wait to see what's next when it comes to promoting acceptance for people of all abilities!