Since companies like Marriott and Starbucks have announced plans to ban plastic straws, many people with disabilities have spoken out against the movement. News4’s Aimee Cho spoke…
Following Procter & Gamble’s Marc Pritchard’s recent prediction that age will be the next issue on the agenda for advertisers to address as the industry seeks to dispel stereotypes it helped to create, McCann has unveiled new research that further explores how aging is the next frontier for an advertising overhaul. The agency’s The Truth About Age research suggests brands must develop an “Age Philosophy.” For example, brands in the beauty and pharmaceutical industries cannot operate in an age-agnostic way because they’re dealing with problems that are correlated with age. Thus the challenge for brands is to strike a healthy balance between age-awareness without tipping over into age-obsession.
When I reached the front of the airport security line, I’d halfway composed a tweet about how much I was dreading the Transportation Security Administration pat-down. The agent shouted out her request for assistance with a “Female opt-out!” and I cringed ― if my wheelchair didn’t already cause people to gawk at me, that loud announcement sure did. As my fiance continued through the full-body scanner, I was herded through a side gate for the opt-out that I hadn’t actually opted into. I didn’t get a choice, though, because I’m a wheelchair user; I’ve been a wheelchair user for the past two years.
Sixteen percent of all Philadelphians—roughly 246,000 people—had a physical, emotional, or cognitive disability in 2016, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The share was the highest of the nation’s 10 largest cities, with only San Antonio coming close with a rate of 14.1 percent. The data also show that American cities with high poverty rates tend to have higher rates of disabilities. The Census Bureau defines a disability as “a long-lasting physical, mental, or emotional condition that can make it difficult for a person to do activities such as walking, climbing stairs, dressing, bathing, learning, or remembering; it can also impede a person from being able to go outside the home alone or to work at a job.”
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