Children and young people with disabilities are rarely represented in magazines or mainstream media. I will keep struggling to change that by helping them showcase their talents and ability through a fashion show. - Gushue Robin, owner of Living Outside The Lines.
Living Outside The Lines, a non-profit group that helps families of children with "extraordinary" needs organized a fashion show for kids with disabilities to help them see beyond their disability, to help them see their true ability. The fashion show saw kids with disabilities engage in the catwalk at the second annual See The Ability fashion show held on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at Upper Tantallon, Canada.
While some models with disabilities were pushed in their wheelchairs by siblings, others with autism, ear impairment, and other disabilities models danced down the catwalk.
This year's fashion show is Living Outside The Lines' largest annual fundraiser. Most of the models are from the Halifax area, although one model came from Truro to be a part of the show.
"To see the kids showing off their talents in a way that's comfortable for them, it shows us that we all have something to give. Today, we have more than a dozen children with disabilities on the runway, we have lot of children watching them, you can feel the joy in those children, that is what I intend to achieve," Gushue Robin said."This is an amazing showcase of the diversity that we see in all communities across Canada. To see the kids showing off their talents in a way that's comfortable for them, it shows us that we all have something to give. Through our fundraising, we have been able to help families afford special equipment for their children and has provided access to specialized education resources"
Apart from the fashion show, a silent auction also raised money for Nova Scotia youth with special needs and physical disabilities.
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