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”.

Ways to Give

  • Mail a check to: Partners In Learning 2386 Robin Road, Salisbury, NC 28144
  • online through “Donate Now” button

To have your Sponsorship matched make your check payable to: Friends of Rowan c/o Partners In Learning (in memo section); P.O. Box 262, Salisbury, NC 28145

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

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