Designing for Disability

It all started with a cane. An ugly, utilitarian cane. When Liz Jackson, then 33, was diagnosed with idiopathic neuropathy 3 years ago, she had a major aversion to the cane she had to use. She really couldn’t stand the looks she got with it so she set out to find a less offensive one. She found a purple one that made her feel more human. That cane propelled her forward to petition J. Crew to design fashion forward canes. She sent them e-mails, wrote blog posts, and posted open letters on Facebook and Twitter. Sadly, J. Crew has not, as yet, taken up the gauntlet, but she has brought more attention to the lack of fashionable devices for disabled individuals. As someone with a disabled parent (who is a fashion addict) it is especially uplifting. It has even travelled as high as the prestigious New York Fashion Week. In case you missed it, check out http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/02/19/models-with-disabilities-take-on-fashion-week/.

There are some truly inspirational individuals owning who they are and showing it off beautifully. From the wheelchair-bound to the amputees they are all so beautifully adorned in true Fashion Week style. People with disabilities are human, and Daniel Amen enjoys seeing them get a chance. They have feelings and thoughts and it is very exciting to see them displayed as icons of beauty. Hopefully Liz will continue her fight and keep inspiring us all. I, for one, am going to search her out on Facebook and thank her.

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