Hugh Jackman issues epic offer to blind teenager about to start school year
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A viral video of mother, Hilda Dunford, pleading with children to ‘be kind' to students who may ‘look different’ has captured the hearts of many.
Including the Aussie A-lister.
The short clip shows her son, Ashton, navigating around the school campus with a white cane, to which the mother admitted in the caption that she was extremely ‘nervous’ about him starting the school year.
“Ashton starts middle school on Wednesday and I think I’m more nervous than he is. I just want him to be able to find some good friends this year,” she wrote in part.
“Middle school is a hard transition and all I ever want for him is to feel included and to know he belongs with his peers and the rest of the student’s in the school.”
The mum added that it was challenging for her son to be the only blind student in elementary school, so she’s urging parents to talk to their children about students with disabilities as ‘inclusion’ begins at home.
“Tell them about my son who practiced walking around the school all summer just to prepare for his first day,” continued.
“Tell them to include someone who is different and give them a chance to get to know a new friend. I hope Ashton will come back home smiling and excited after his first day of middle school because he made a friend.”
She concluded the sweet video by writing: “I’m so proud of how far Ash has worked to learn the layout of his middle school and I know he will find his way on the first day.”
Many applauded the mother for her important message, as one person wrote: “Yay Ash I hope you have a great first day and year! Love your advocacy always for him and the education you're always providing to others!”
Another said: “I love this. Parents really need to talk to their kids. So many bullies in the world.”
While a third commented: “Middle school can be brutal. Teach your kids that it's ok to be different.”
But now, the Deadpool 3 actor has entered the chat. He reposted the video on his Instagram story and enlisted the public to help him contact Ashton and his mother.
“Hi everyone... if you know how I can be in touch with Ashton please dm me,” the Australian actor wrote.
“I'd like to wish him an amazing new school year.
"Thanks for the help.”
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