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Autistic boy banned from school photo shoot is now a model for H&M

Culled from Metro

An 11-year-old boy who was not allowed to be in his school photo because he had anger issues as a result of his autism is now a professional model.

Alfie Aldridge has featured in adverts for H&M, River Island and Land Rover so far and his new job is helping him control his behavioural problems.

Metro reports that, Things at his old school got so bad at one point he was banned from several school activities, including participating in plays.

He was eventually transferred to the specialist Larwood School, in Stevenage, after he was found to have high-functioning autism.

His dad Gary Aldridge, 50, had struggled to get him to engage with other children and had ‘no hope’ until a family friend suggested Alfie would make a great model.

Zebedee Management, which exclusively deals with disabled children, snapped him up and he hasn’t looked back since.

Mr Aldridge, from Letchworth, Hertfordshire, said: ‘I want people to know disabilities can’t stop your dreams.

‘Since starting modelling he just seems different. It was like he was born to do it. ‘It’s helped him to come out of himself.

From a boy that was angry all the time he is now so confident. It’s just fabulous.’

My view: Good to know someone gave him a chance, shame on the lazy people in charge of the school, it seems they just took the easy option of throwing him out rather than employ special needs teacher to help him, as autism is a very difficult disability to manage.

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