Let Me Introduce You to Handistrong

handiPeople with disabilities put up with a lot. Every day. Either our needs are ignored (like stores with nonfunctioning disability accessible entrances) or we are kicked when we are down (Hello, Kanye West!). But today, I want to share one magazine that is improving the lives of people with disabilities. Handistrong is a (digital and print) magazine for people with disabilities (PWD), seniors, and caregivers.  In a world where PWD are largely absent from magazine covers and commercials, Handistrong is a refreshing change. Fashionably ill is featured in the September 2014 Issue, “Beauty and Invisibility.”


You can purchase the digital version here on iTunes like I did.  Or you can subscribe at handistrong.com/magazine for $9.95 for the year, 10 issues for $1 each.

Models with Disabilities

This month’s issue talks the partnership between Global Disability Inclusion and Models of Diversity (MoD). MoD, founded by model Angel Sinclair, is all about recognizing the beauty in people of all races, ages, shapes, sizes and abilities. MoD’s mission is to change the face of fashion and modeling. In this month’s Handistrong, you’ll see many pictures of models with amputated limbs and models that use assistance including walkers, canes, and wheelchairs.

Handistrong Serves Three Large Demographics

One in five people have a disability. I myself carry a cane for Myasthenia Gravis, and have four other illnesses: bipolar 2, polycystic ovarian syndrome, asthma, and psoriasis. The senior population is growing 98% faster than the rest of the U.S. population. Twenty-nine percent of the U.S. population is caregivers, people taking care of sick loved ones.

Reshaping Reality Through Community

Handistrong is on Facebook. They have many interesting status updates ranging from new technologies that help people with disabilities to inspiring stories of resilience. I learn new things all the time! I encourage you to “like” their page here: https://www.facebook.com/handistrong

You can also follow them on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/@handistrong


Like Fashionably ill on Facebook

Speaking of community, won’t you join the Fashionably ill community on Facebook? Like our page at: https://www.facebook.com/fashionablyill.

Meet other warriors like yourself! Help us get to 900 Likes. You can also follow me on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/JessicaGimeno

–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno




Hi, I have five illnesses--bipolar disorder, myasthenia gravis (neuromuscular autoimmune disease), endometriosis, asthma, and psoriasis. Most of the organs in my body are affected. I'm dedicated to being a stylist for sick women. As someone who has experienced changes in my appearance due to my 12 meds (including Prednisone), I know how hard it can be when your face and body change overnight. (In fact, because of treatment, between 2008 to 2010, I went from a size 0 to a size 10. While I lost the weight, there are permanent changes in my face and body, which I've grown to appreciate.) My blog will also help women deal with other issues like surviving chronic pain and fatigue. Healthy people can also use this blog as a window into what life with illness is like. Let this website be a place where we can draw strength from each other despite our illnesses and find solutions to our everyday challenges!

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