Online outcry spurs a more-inclusive class photo

His second-grade class portrait initially had Miles Ambridge set off from his classmates. His parents and advocates on social media persuaded the school to take a new picture—with Miles in the front row.

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That’s what Anne Belanger, the mother of 7-year-old Miles Ambridge, a second-grader with spinal muscular atrophy, told the Toronto Star with regard to her son’s class picture a little over a week ago:

Miles’ separation from the rest of the class set off blog posts and tweets, particularly after The Huffington Post picked up the story. Miles’s father, Don Ambridge, contacted the school and asked for the photo to be retaken. Belanger posted the picture to the photography company’s Facebook page and requested the same.

That seems to have done the trick. The photography company, Lifetouch, returned to Miles’ school in New Westminster, British Columbia, and took a new photo, in which Miles is right up front:

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