Connecting with differently-abled through fashion

Putting purpose into practice, area nonprofits which are members of Connectable Jacksonville held Fashionable, a fall fashion show to benefit North Florida School of Special Education, The Arc Jacksonville, Special Olympics Jacksonville and Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville.

The show, held Nov. 3 at Dillard’s at St. Johns Town Center, featured world-famous model, fashion designer and Internet celebrity Madeline Stuart, a 20-year-old Australian woman with Down syndrome. Local youth with intellectual and developmental differences also modeled, walking alongside Dillard’s models and local celebrities.

The Connectable campaign is designed to enhance connections within Northeast Florida with people who have intellectual and developmental differences. By becoming connected, people better understand the strengths, abilities and value people with IDDs bring to the community. For more information about becoming Connectable, visit

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