Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Youngsters Strike a Pose for Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness Through NYC Fashion Show

HEALTH- Although Autism Awareness Month is observed in April, Bronx Moms, Advocates and Business Owners have banned together to ensure the message around tolerance and acceptance for children affected by autism continues.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1 in 68 children born in the US today will be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Champs For Autism, founded by Dr. Stephannie L Addo-Zuniga and inspired by her son Jacob, was created as a platform for her son and other children to have a safe place to make new friends, engage in recreational activities and most importantly feel empowered.

On May 6th, over 100 NYC residents gathered at the Bay Plaza Mall, who graciously sponsored their space for the 4th Annual Champs for Autism Fashion Show. The event was organized by Dr. Stephannie L. Addo-Zuniga founder of Champs For Autism, and Managed by Ari Events LLC. The event included performances by performances included gospel singers Jehvon and Johanna George, and R&B Artist Songful Soul. The models who participated ripped the runway in clothes sponsored by the GAP KIDS ranging from formal-wear, career-wear, and spring-wear.

The children all slayed the runway provided by NY Led Furniture and were trained by Pazazz Modeling owned by Roshell Reneau, while Bronx Native, Ejay The Dj provided music for the entire event.

“I am completely overwhelmed with joy when I reflect on how much the show has grown since it’s inception four years ago. Overall this event provided hope and allowed parents of children with Autism to know that they are not alone, and there is a community of people going through the same challenges, but with each other support we can overcome.

“I am so thankful to all of the sponsors, and volunteers who worked not only to make this event a success but most importantly support autism awareness. We look forward to expanding our programming and long term building our own school which will provide academic and recreational support for children with autism,” said Dr. Stephannie L Addo-Zuniga, Champs For Autism.

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