The Blue Runway for Autism is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that encourages inclusion through its fashion shows. Many youth and others with disabilities are often bullied and suffer with low self-esteem. Our goal is to embrace persons from all walks of life and provide encouragement so that they may have confidence in their own abilities. Our fashion show is unique in that we also invite others to collaborate, advocate, and educate our participants and attendees about the various disabilities and other issues/hot topics within the community.
I am a single mother of an amazing son that has autism spectrum disorder (ASD). When my son Eric was younger, he knew something was different about him. He was bullied and others didn’t always welcome him into the friendship circle. I can remember crying at times due to the rejection and feeling alone in the world of autism that Eric was experiencing. His self-esteem was low and my heart was broken for my son. The fact that he had to have heart bypass surgery made Eric feel more confused about the hand life dealt him.I searched for ways to make him feel confident and special. I noticed when I would dress him up, he would quickly development high self-esteem. His confidence would reach the sky. The things Eric loves most is church, school, researching, singing, iPad and being dressed up. When he gets dressed up, he would always ask me “Mommy Do I Look Hollywood?” Lol! My reply is always “Eric- You Look Hollywood!” Due to people with autism/special needs being bullied and hurt, I decided to create The Blue Runway for Autism. A platform to promote and encourage positive self-image through its fashion shows within the beauty experience. My goal is to Empower those with autism/special needs to believe and embrace their own unique abilities to be something simply amazingly beautiful. I have been asked “Is your son disabled?” I chose to see him as differently able. I chose to see his autism as a beautiful part of him. I wish the world was more like Eric. I Thank GOD every day for my son and who he is in the world. He is undeniably different but wonderfully and beautifully made by GOD! I am proud and grateful that GOD appointed me to be his mother. I Love You Eric! Mommy!
To empower people with Autism and other invisible disabilities to believe in their own unique
Integrity• Collaboration• Knowledge• Diversity• Commitment• Quality
Community Outreach: Through our Dressed in Blue Project our goal is to educate others about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other invisible disabilities to foster a partnership and comradery while connecting our youth with the Law Enforcement Community.