The Ashley DeRamus Foundation, a Birmingham-based charity founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality lifestyle of children and adults with Down syndrome, is pleased to announce the debut of its fashion line specifically tailored for females with Down syndrome – a perfect fit that is hard to achieve off-the-rack.
“We came up with the idea for a fashion line for girls with Down syndrome because it has been so hard to find clothes for Ashley over the years, making shopping more of a hassle than an enjoyable experience,” said Connie DeRamus, mother of Ashley DeRamus, the 30-year-old founder of the Ashley DeRamus Foundation who has Down syndrome. “Those with Down syndrome tend to have different body types than most clothing lines are made for, and we wanted those with Down syndrome to feel just as confident as anyone else, so the idea for the fashion line was born. These clothes are meant to fit without alterations and to make those who wear them feel beautiful.”
Along with her mother, the line was designed by Ashley, the inspiration and namesake of the foundation. They will both travel from Birmingham, Ala., to debut the fashion line at the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) Annual Convention held July 19-21, 2013 in Denver, Colo. While there, the Ashley DeRamus Foundation will display their designs at a booth equipped with dressing rooms and full runway for those to try on and model the new styles, which can be purchased at the convention or online at www.ashleybydesign.com. Guests will also receive a commemorative photograph of themselves in their outfit of choice.
Ashley will also lead two skin and makeup seminars, offering demonstrations at looking your best. Sample make-up kits will be provided for each girl.
About The National Down Syndrome Congress
Founded in 1973, the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) is the country’s oldest national organization for people with Down syndrome, their families and the professionals who work with them. We provide information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome and work to create a national climate in which all people will recognize and embrace the value and dignity of people with Down syndrome. For most, it’s to hear the latest information from world-renowned experts. For others, it’s a great vacation. But, for nearly all, there’s the one-of-a-kind NDSC family reunion feeling that permeates the convention weekend. For more information, visit www.ndscenter.org.
About The Ashley DeRamus Foundation
The Ashley DeRamus Foundation was founded for and dedicated to the education, advancement and quality lifestyle of children and adults with Down syndrome. Through the work of Ashley and the Foundation, the goal is to increase awareness and enlighten others about the positive contributions we make. Ashley’s goals for the Foundation are to be an advocate and support programs for those with disabilities through fundraisers and education. For more information, visit ashleyderamusfoundation.org or ashleybydesign.com.