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Success Stories in the IDD Community: Jamie Brewer

Jamie Brewer is an actress who has Down Syndrome. She also dabbles in modeling. Born February 5th, 1985, she is 35 years old. Most people know of her from her appearance in multiple seasons of American Horror Story. She had roles in Murder House, Coven, Freak Show, Cult, and Apocalypse. 

Acting

She took an interest in film and theater as a young child. Brewer began taking theater classes in middle school at a College for Kids. She then began to train with Dionysus Theater. She then appeared on NBC, CBS, and ABC for the Super Bowl of Caring Houston Food Drive PSAs. Her first acting debut was in American Horror Story Season One, Murder House. She has appeared in other shows such as Switched at Birth, Raymond & Lane, Short Story Whitney’s Wedding, Southland, and more. 

Modeling

Brewer continued to find success in other aspects of her life as well. She walked the red carpet during New York Fashion Week and became the first woman with Down Syndrome to do so. She wore a dress inspired by American Horror Story and designed by Carrie Hammer. Brewer likes that she can inspire people with disabilities, especially girls and women,  that they are capable of whatever they put their mind to. 

Awards

In 2015, Brewer received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. Another notable event includes Miley Cyrus reaching out to Brewer and requesting that introduce Cyrus at the Variety Power of Women event. Cyrus believed that Brewer encompassed the values of the foundation.

Off-Broadway

Brewer then went on to be the first person with Down Syndrome to have a starring role in an Off-Broadway performance. She was nominated for multiple awards because of her stellar performance. She received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress. After that, she began acting in an independent film titled Turnover. 

Also, Brewer has been an advocate for people with disabilities. She was a part of the ARC Governmental Affairs Committee for Texas and worked toward gaining more legal rights for people with Down Syndrome. 

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