16-year-old acting hopeful with Down syndrome lands his first gig by appearing in a Nintendo commercial

Congrats, Aaron!

One of Nintendo's recent commercials shows off various kids playing Switch games to promote the platform and software for the holiday season. Among the actors in the commercial is Aaron Waddingham, a 16-year-old with Down syndrome. It turns out Nintendo wanted to include all different types of kids in their commercial, and that includes someone with a disability. Sue Robins, Aaron's mother, talked about her son landing the spot in an interview with Global News.

“Nintendo very specifically wanted somebody with a visible disability. It’s very exciting to us that there will be more representation in the media of all sorts of different kinds of people. I think it’s very smart of them to look for that. It feels like there’s going to be more roles for people with disabilities coming up… Things are changing, which is awesome.”

This Nintendo commercial is actually Aaron's first acting gig. Aaron has said that he's always wanted to be an actor, and now it looks like he's well on his way!

Categories: Interviews, Media, Consoles
Tags: switch


Sat Nov 16 19 07:15am
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I don't know if this is good or bad, but I don't think I would have noticed the child in question if it wasn't mentioned beforehand. Maybe those with DNS and the immediate family of those with DNS can recognize it at a glance, and that's encouraging for them? It's still good Nintendo's being diverse in regards to its acting pool, but I don't know how "visible" the disability is in this case.

EDIT: I showed the video to my girlfriend without giving any pretense (other than just "Look at this fun commercial of kids playing Switch"), and on first viewing she knew that one teen had a disability. So maybe I'm just blind and everyone else can see it more immediately than me.

Nah, it's not just you, Downs Syndrome isn't exactly something you can spot, since it affects many people in many different ways, some folks have more physical attributes because of it, others don't.

I do agree it's nice to see Nintendo diversifying as usual, but if I hadn't had the context I might not have noticed either tbh, and I've met a lot of folks with Downs Syndrome, it's just one of those things.

I’m so happy that Nintendo is open to everyone! I’m autistic and I play Nintendo games for fun and it makes me happy when I’m not in a mood.


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