Special Needs Fashion Show

The 5th annual Special Needs Fashion Show, Just As I Am, is held in memory of Jacob Usher, an alumni student with Down Syndrome who passed away due to congenital heart defect at the age of seven. The event provides families with children with special needs the opportunity to strut across the runway, celebrating what makes them special. It provides community awareness about developmental disorders, as well as the need to serve those families in our community.

Partners In Learning provides center, home, and community programs to families in and around Rowan County. Through our inclusive center based early education program, we serve over 80 students with special needs or behavioral concerns. This equates to 45% of our enrollment. In addition to the center-based families we serve, we provide family education and support services to over 300 families in Rowan County. It is our mission to provide these critical services at as little, or no cost, as possible.

Please join us in supporting these children and families by making a donation to our Special Needs Fashion Show, “Just As I Am”.

Cost of Special Needs and Family Support Services

Triple-P (in-home parenting support) $60 an hour
Adaptive Classroom Supplies $100+
Early Intervention Services $75 an hour
Inclusive Summer Camp $1,530
Nationally Accredited Preschool Program $600 a month


Join us for our Virtual 5th Annual Partners In Learning Fashion Show “Just As I Am”

Stay tuned for the new date and time!

A message from our Executive Director: “We will be canceling our in-person Special Needs Fashion Show scheduled for September 14th due to increasing COVID-19 numbers in Rowan County. A virtual date will be set in the fall of 2021. There are so many variables to consider when planning an event during a pandemic. Our committee took the time to review the specifics of our event including, current COVID-19 rates, safety recommendations, and the families who star in our show, which led to the difficult decision to go 100% virtual with this year’s event. Many of our models are medically fragile and it is our responsibility to keep them safe. Last year our virtual Fashion Show was our most successful year. We hope that the community can support us again this year, just as they did last year.” 

Click here to read more about our virtual fashion show!


Ways to Give
Mail a check to: Partners In Learning
Just As I Am Fashion Show, 2386 Robin Road, Salisbury, NC 28144

or contact Amy Vestal @ amy@epartnersinlearning.org

To have your donation matched make your check payable to: Friends of Rowan c/o Partners In Learning
P.O. Box 262, Salisbury, NC 28145

Thank You To Our Sponsors!


Event Sponsor ($5,000)








Carolina Stamping

Dennis and Kathy Ingold







Thank You To Our Clothing Sponsors!

Be sure to come out to the fashion show to see the latest fashions modeled by the most special people in Rowan County! 


Encore on Main ◊ Tonyan Grace Boutique ◊ Made; Anew & Co. ◊ Robin’s Nest ◊ 3 jems ◊ Lora Belle Baby ◊ Caniche ◊ Oxford + Lee ◊ William & Harriette Embroidery






Check out our previous years Special Needs Fashion Shows