Actress Jamie Brewer is best known for her work on FX’s American Horror Story series but this week she made runway history at New York Fashion Week. Brewer became the first person with Down syndrome to take a turn as a model in designer Carrie Hammer‘s runway show.
Based on her social media posts, she was pretty excited about the opportunity!
— Jamie Brewer (@MsJamieBrewer) February 12, 2015
Jamie was fearless as she rocked the runway.
Jamie stole the show, and the fashion press absolutely loved her!
— Gap Inc. (@GapInc) February 12, 2015
— Mashable (@mashable) February 12, 2015
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) February 13, 2015
— Yahoo Lifestyle UK (@YLifestyleUK) February 13, 2015
Autism Speaks salutes Jamie Brewer for her talent and the hard work. She is much more than a runway model; she is a role model for all persons with disabilities.
Autism Speaks and the National Down Syndrome Society advocated for 8 years for the ABLE Act which became law on Dec. 19, 2014. ABLE amends the federal tax code to allow tax-free savings accounts to help finance disability-related needs. They are similar to Section 529 college savings accounts and eliminate, for ABLE accounts, the current $ 2,000 cap on savings for individuals with disabilities.
Shortly after the bill’s passing, a driving force behind the creation of ABLE accounts, Steve Beck, the father of a daughter with Down syndrome and a board member of the National Down Syndrome Society, died suddenly. In his honor, Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), the original House sponsor of the bill had the measure renamed in Beck’s honor.