Business magnate and inventor Elon Musk stated that “Brand is just a perception, and perception will match reality over time.” For the disability community redefining and owning their narrative is critical to shaping perception in the 21st century. What we are seeing is that business is one of the driving forces behind this evolution offering a new template to not only drive taste but illustrate that this growing market has no real boundaries intersecting across a broad range of products and services. One of the most profound areas of transformational change is within the fashion industry itself. The world of fashion has defined itself through the lens of beauty, comfort and individuality. This is not lost on the disability community and the business of fashion is recognizing that fact causing brands to not only think about there relationship to this community in the present but redefine their business for the future.
One of the highlights of the 2020 Academy Awards was when Zack Gottsagen, star of one of the year’s most talked about films, The Peanut Butter Falcon, and his co-star Shia LeBeouf, jointly served as one of the event’s award announcers. The film tells the story of a man with Down Syndrome pursuing his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. The character was played by Gottsagen, who has Down Syndrome … a rare instance of a critically acclaimed film in which a disabled character is portrayed by a disabled actor.
‘We’re here. We’re voters. We want to participate’: Inside the first-in-the-state ASL caucus | Des Moines Register
Every time she thought about caucus night, which had been nearly every day since December, those pesky bumps rose up again. There was a real chance that this gooseflesh had become her flesh, she joked in the back room of a vacant storefront in the basement of a once-bustling neighborhood strip mall.
The American Society on Aging (ASA), an association of more than 5,000 professionals who are dedicated to improving the quality of life of older adults and their families, has announced the appointment of Peter Kaldes as chief executive officer. Kaldes was previously a leader and advocate in aging in South Florida as president and CEO of the South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA).
Black Deaf people have one of the most unique cultures in the world. The Black Deaf Community is largely shaped by two cultures and communities: Deaf and African-American. Some Black Deaf individuals view themselves as members of both communities. Since both communities are viewed by the larger, predominately hearing and White society as comprising a minority community, Black Deaf persons often experience double prejudice against them in terms of racial discrimination and communication barriers. Black Deaf women may experience three strikes of prejudice against them due to their race, Deafness, and sexist practices that prevail in our male dominated culture.
Apple debuts ‘head pointer’ accessibility feature in macOS beta, a cursor that follows your eyes | iMore
A new accessibility feature in the macOS Catalina beta will allow users to control their cursor with head movements. The new feature is called ‘Head Pointer’ and was spotted by Guilherme Rambo:
I am concerned about my 83-year old husband. He has arthritis and a well-managed heart condition. Neither of these are of great concern to me. What worries me is his mood. He is sleeping a lot, not shaving, his appetite has changed and just seems down and out. I am sure he is depressed. Unfortunately, he is not one to go to a doctor just to chat. Is this part of normal aging? Any suggestions? R.N.
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