My son Aaron was involved in a fun project with talented Edmonton-based photographer Leroy Schulz. It is called Miguelito’s Little Green Car. Aaron joins the ranks of celebrities like Kate Middleton and Gordon Ramsay who have had their photos taken by Leroy with this little green car. (Aaron was especially thrilled to have his picture join Snoop Dogg’s).
Leroy explains the intention of the project:
This project is meant to remind us that we are all connected. Thousands of people from around the world from all walks of life are interconnected through the green car.
The photo itself is fabulous It was taken on our terrace last week just before the big snow on the west coast. I especially love Aaron’s interview and how he describes himself. He speaks with brevity and communicates what parts of his identity are most important to him – you will note that his YouTube channel ranks up there. He spends hours of his time working on Dangerously Waddingham.
I am in Grade 10 and almost 16 years old. I was born in Edmonton but now I live on a mountain in Burnaby, British Columbia. I have Down syndrome. This means I have an extra chromosome in my DNA.
I want to be a YouTube star!
Indeed, we are all connected, no matter (or does it matter?) how many chromosomes we have. Being human is simply enough reason to be connected. Do not fear the differing chromosomes.
While I adore initiatives like Rick Guidotti’s Positive Exposure program, I’m also a big fan of the organic inclusion of disabled people like my son in regular campaigns – not as a ‘special’ addition, but just as a matter of course.
Bravo to Leroy for expanding the diversity of the Little Green Car’s portfolio. This is much more than a picture. Aaron’s inclusion in Miguelito’s Little Green Car project demonstrates to our son that he matters too.