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First Designer with Downs Syndrome to Show at Orlando Fashion Week

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Ashley DeRamus, the founder of Ashley by Design and the Ashley DeRamus Foundation helps women of all ages, body types and abilities feel beautiful and fulfill their dreams. Ashley is the first fashion designer with Down Syndrome at Orlando Fashion Week and lives by the motto: Don’t tell me what I can’t do. Let me show you what I can do.

What makes Ashley DeRamus Uneke (unique)?

  • Ashley is a graduate of The Rise School at University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL. 
  • In 2012, Ashley co-founded the Ashley DeRamus Foundation. 
  • In July 2019, Ashley will be the first person with special needs to have sung the National Anthem or do the Pledge of Allegiance in all 50 states.
  • She is the first person with Down Syndrome who has five-days certified as a Tall Ship Sailor by The U.S. Coast Guard. 
  • In 2013, Ashley by Design fashion line caught attention around the world.
  • Created her first music video, Love is Stronger, with Grammy Award-winning Christian and gospel.
  • Has been  interviewed at the United Nations Speakers Corner about living with Down syndrome.
  • She was a featured presenter at the 2014 Alabama Transition Conference in Auburn, AL.
  • Ashley funded four scholarships for The Bell Center’s programs.
  • Ashley has won 45 Special Olympics medals for swimming.
  • She was named the 2015 National Down Syndrome Society Champion of Change.
  • In Chani India, Ashley was named the 2015 Down Syndrome International Advocate of the Year.
  • In 2016, she received the Christian Prichel Advocate of the Year award from National Down Syndrome Congress. 

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