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Mother Starts 'Back to School' Ad Featuring Kids with Special Needs

August 13, 2014

(August 13, 2014) -- Katie Driscoll, a mother of six in Illinois is putting kids with special needs in the spotlight. Katie is a professional photographer who started a campaign to feature students with special needs in back-to-school ads. She got the idea after noticing a lack of kids like her -year-old daughter Grace who has Down Syndrome in back-to-school ads. 

The campign is now getting national attention. Katie told ABC News, "I want to be the voice, along with anyone else, that says 'Let's consider these kids who are going back to school, too.' Wouldn't it be great if they saw somebody who used crutches or who has Down syndrome and they'd be able to relate to another child who might be in their classroom."

Katie put a call out at a local Chicago bookstore in her area and the photoshoot took place on August 5th. You can learn more about Katie's photography at her website 5 Boys + 1 Girl = 6 Photography. You can check out some of the photos from the shoot below...