People 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.”
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.
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–Your Stylist, Jessica Gimeno