Country Roads student models for inclusive fashion show

Friday, May 5, 2023

The West Virginia University Fasion, Dress and Merchandising program held their "Designing a Legacy" fashion show on Thursday, May 4 at the Erickson Alumni Center. A portion of the show was presented by the WVU chapter of the Runway of Dreams Foundation, an organization that empowers people with disabilities through fashion and beauty inclusion.

WVU students with disabilities modeled adaptive clothing during the Runway of Dreams segment, which began with an informational video about the Foundation. Participants were paid a stipend and got to keep their outfit. The clothing was designed by Zappos, a sponsor of the Runway of Dreams Foundation.

Logan, a member of the WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) Country Roads program, was a model for the show. He received a great response from the crowd as he made his way across the catwalk while wearing his adaptive clothing. Amramp Accessibility provided ramps for the event to ensure safety for the participants.

The Country Roads program prepares students with disabilities for independence by providing academic courses, social engagement and real-world work experiences. Current WVU students can serve as Peer Mentors to help support Country Roads students as they acclimate to campus life.

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