Accepting people for who they are and treating them as equals is one big challenge. People with disability, in specific, are victims of this challenge more than one can even think of. Some give them sympathy, some treat them as a burden, and worse, some treat them as if they don’t exist. This fight for acceptance has turned into a global cause. A nine-year-old joined this fight with a big smile and even bigger dreams.
Knox Gibson, a sports-lover, a musician, an actor and a model was only three years old when his forearm was amputated. It was shocking for his family but in no way did it demoralize young Gibson. He adapted to his condition pretty quickly and learned to live with it.
A confident and stubborn boy, he started developing an interest in acting and modeling. Gibson found an opportunity for his acting career when a casting agency came looking for diversity for an advertisement.
A two-day shoot in Sydney for the commercial aroused his interest even more in films and television programs and led him to think about the participation of the disabled in the entertainment industry. Now, more than anything else, Gibson wants more people with disabilities to come on television so that it is easier for people to accept them. He says, “Less people will stare when they meet people like me for the first time if they see them on television.”
Gibson was recently appointed as an ambassador for ‘Starting With Julius’, a non-profit group. The group believes and promote the inclusion of disabled people in advertising, media, and beyond.
It’s all about decreasing the difference between people and accepting everyone with their flaws and everything. It’s about understanding and equality. It’s about to become visible and let people know of your presence. A noble cause which speaks of belonging and acceptance. The agency has recruited many more children like Gibson to help them with their cause.
People like Gibson are trying to make a change, and who are we to stop them?
ANUBHOOTI JAIN | TOC
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