Organization works to change the face of beauty

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Changing the Face of Beauty is an organization that empowers people living with disabilities to branch into the advertising industry. 

Katie Driscoll, founder of the nonprofit, says she started the company after having a daughter born with down syndrome. 

"I have an 8-year-old daughter with down syndrome," Driscoll says. "I noticed shortly after her birth that our family wasn't represented in advertising."

Changing the Face of Beauty is trying to open the advertising industry to represent all faces. 

"They will receive hair and makeup (and then) they will be styled and photographed," Driscoll says. 

According to Driscoll, the organization sets up shop in different places around the country. 

"We have had 31 clinics in the past three years," Driscoll says. "This started out as an idea at my kitchen table and has grown into an international movement."

Driscoll says she hopes to have a photo shoot in Chicago later this year. Anyone interested in signing up can visit their website at ChangingtheFaceofBeauty.org.

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