Steve English, who owns The Blossom Boys, a flower shop in
Chicago's Beverly neighborhood, teamed up with Katie Driscoll, a
Palos Park mom and photographer, to create "Changing the Face of
Beauty," an ad campaign that uses kids with special needs to model
fair trade items from the store.
In just a couple of months, the pair have photographed more than
a dozen children. The photographs appear on some Facebook pages and
Driscoll's blog, 5boysand1girlmake6.com. At this point, Driscoll
says their goal is to photograph 100 children by the end of the
year. They also hope to get more local businesses involved and
begin to impact the national media, as well.
"We cannot make disabled children invisible anymore," English
says. "It's time for integration."
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
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