Fashion Without Limits: Models with disabilities set to shine in adapted fashion show for Canada 150

Media release

October 27, 2017 – On November 1st, the Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia (CPABC) will mark Canada’s 150th anniversary with Fashion Without Limits: Diversity in Motion, a multi-disciplinary showcase of the disability community.

This community celebration of diversity will feature adapted ballroom dancing, a fashion show, and the launch of a new Assistive Equipment Fund honouring two active and boundary-pushing athletes, Rand Survey and Jason Cole.

Disabled model Carrie Torrans says, “For as long as I can remember, I always felt as though I was different, separate from others. Many children with disabilities are bullied and set aside, but in my case I felt invisible, as though I didn’t exist.” Today she is a support worker at CPABC and will be showing off local designer fashion on the runway. “Never give up on your dreams,” she says.

Fashion Without Limits Emcee Tabassum Chagani, a local businesswoman, says, “No one pays attention to people with disabilities, how much beauty they have inside and out. This is a great way to show their talents. Events like this provide motivation, inspiration and self-confidence.”

This free, inclusive community event will take place at the Old Orchard Arts Centre in Port Moody, BC on November 1st and includes refreshments and networking opportunities with community members and organizations. The event is one-of-a-kind in the Lower Mainland and is certain to break fashion frontiers.

There are approximately 10,000 people affected by CP in British Columbia. The vision of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is to create a Life Without Limits for people with disabilities.

Media Inquiries:

Photo opportunities and interviews with models and designers available

Feri Dehdar, Executive Director
(604) 408-9484, 1-800-663-0004

The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC was started in 1954 by a group of parents who wanted to assist their children living with CP to reach their maximum potential within society. Our Mission is: To raise awareness of Cerebral Palsy in the community; To assist those living with Cerebral Palsy to reach their maximum potential; and To work to see those living with Cerebral Palsy recognize their place as equals in a diverse society.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre le Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.

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