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CSD students provide the opportunity for others to shine on the runway

For the past two years, undergraduate students in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) have organized a fashion show for individuals with Down syndrome. The CSD students decided this would be the perfect opportunity to raise money and awareness for Down syndrome.

The idea of having a fashion show came from the patients with Down syndrome that come to the Illinois State University Speech and Hearing Clinic for speech-language and hearing services. Many of our patients with Down syndrome commented that they wanted to be a model or actor someday. This sparked the idea to have a fashion show that allowed these individuals to live out their dream and “shine” on the runway.

The Choose to Shine Down Syndrome Fashion Show features around 30 models of all ages. Last year the fashion show raised $2,800. Proceeds from this event benefit the Central Illinois Down Syndrome Organization (CIDSO). The CSD students are currently working hard to plan the 3rd annual fashion show. It will be held in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center in April 2018. We hope to see you there!


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