She will accept the award at the 7th annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show at the Colorado Convention Center on October 24, 2015, in Denver, CO.
Brewer, who has Down syndrome, is best known for her roles on American Horror Story. She has played three different characters (Adelaide, Nan and Marjorie) alongside actress Jessica Lange on the award-winning television series which returns for a fifth season this fall on the FX network. Brewer made history earlier this year as the first model with Down syndrome to ever walk the runway at New York Fashion Week for designer Carrie Hammer. She also served on the ARC Governmental Affairs Committee for the state of Texas to represent individuals with disabilities where she was the only person out of 17 representatives who was differently-abled.
“I am honored to accept this prestigious award from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and proud to be acknowledged for my advocacy work as a role model for people who are differently-abled,” stated Brewer.
Each year, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation presents the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award to outstanding role models who tirelessly advocate for the rights of the differently-abled. Past award recipients have included Quincy Jones, Jamie Foxx, John C. McGinley, Beverly Johnson, Kyra Phillips, Tim Shriver, and Patrick Kennedy.
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s annual Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show is the largest fundraiser for Down syndrome in the nation attracting more than 1,200 guests each year. The celebrity gala has raised $9.5 million for Down syndrome research, medical care, advocacy and education. Moreover, it has raised widespread awareness for the alarming disparity of funding for people with Down syndrome while successfully emphasizing their abilities.
This year, actor Terrence Howard will join a host of celebrities escorting models with Down syndrome at the fashion show. Past celebrities have included Jamie Foxx, Alec Baldwin, Helen Hunt, Laura Dern, John C. McGinley, Beverly Johnson, Jeff Probst and Quincy Jones, among others.
Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through research, medical care, education and advocacy. Formally established in 2009, Global’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the first academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical care for people with Down syndrome. Since Down syndrome is the least-funded genetic condition in the United States, fundraising and government advocacy to correct the alarming disparity of national funding for people with Down syndrome is a major goal.
For more information, visit www.globaldownsyndrome.com.