I just wish more people understood . . . what I have is not a cold or the flu. I will never get better. A nap won’t help. I’m on meds to keep me alive because my cells attack all cells thinking all cells are bad – but this kills good cells which are in the body to help me.
Please, in honor of someone who is fighting Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Sarcoidosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hepatitis, Diabetes, Celiac, Lupus, PBC, CIDP, UC, Crones, Hashimotos . . . (copy, and paste).” -author unknown
In RESPONSE: At Dignity by Design*, I work with ALL of the diseases that are mentioned above – and many, many more.
It is true – people are not aware of – nor cannot truly empathize with – the inner struggles associated with individual disabilities (nor outer struggles for that matter). It’s difficult for anyone dealing with a disability to be patronized, or awkwardly sympathized with, or to have to “describe” or “qualify” one’s self over and over, day in – day out. When the world doesn’t see a “cookie-cutter” human – they often turn away or literally act incapable of natural human interaction – simply due to their personal discomfort.
Here is my advice: GET OVER IT! Deal with all humans with respect and actual INTEREST in them as human beings – not diseases. Get to know the PERSON – not the disability….. then all else will fall into place. Maybe… a new friendship, maybe…. Better understanding of your partner or child or parent.
Diversityis what makes the world go round – Embrace it!
Today I read a response to a meme that shook me to the core.
By now, we’ve all seen the meme:
I wasn’t enraged because the response was vicious or cursed – on the contrary: It was elitist and dismissive and only one sentence:
“Mountains,out of mole hills….typical.”
Thus…it garnered an immediate response. But NOT my typical response. NO:
“It might be an entirely different “mole hill” if your daughter, wife or son was: black, gay, Jewish, disabled, sexually assaulted or abused, killed or raped.
Of course that never happens, does it? Or maybe it just doesn’t happen to you. And the defense of the assaulter can always state that “It’s just a mole hill” – can’t they? Now they can – now they have a green light.
THAT may now be the “typical” – let them eat cake. The Twitter feeds were lit up with “The minute T wins, I’m gonna grab me the nearest pussy.” (Hundreds literally) NONE of this is typical – and I’m offended to my very core.”
YES: I’m offended.
YES: I’m scared that hate, bigotry and permissiveness is the new Mantra of our highest office.
And if YOU’RE not scared – your mountain must be very high indeed.
Sunday evening – June 7, 2015 – Dignity by Design (my company) was notified that it had become a semi-finalist in the Minnesota Cup Competition!!
This may not mean so very much to those out of state or globally, but to Minnesota it means a great deal. And to a company that has dedicated its entirety to disabilities and the independence of the disabled, veteran and elderly…..well, it is unprecedented!!
For years, decades and historically – Disabilities have eluded investors as a non-glamorous, non-high-tech, non-money-making market. However, with the onset of disabilities hitting the runway in fashion, new technological advances in disease, war aftermath, community inclusion and software (including apps) rising to meet the needs of disabilities – it has become a viable “Social Impact” venture to investors and media worldwide.
It’s about time!
“When we’ve risen to meet the needs of our fellow man/woman – to create an environment that allows for independence, recognition of abilities and respect of worth – as a whole – regardless of ability or disAbility – then, we have truly evolved.” Donna Freeberg
Thank you MNCup for your recognition. It is amazing!
Disabled models – on the runway – on the front pages of major news communication AND being featured on the webpages of new – up and coming – clothiers. Fabulous, right??
ALL jumping on the bandwagon to visually “support” the disabled and in return gaining significant “Feel good” press…. HOWEVER with little or no exceptions… providing absolutely no products that are specific solutions to the disabled market’s clothing needs, outside of their general clothing line.
Putting disabled models on the runway and not providing specialized benefits is what the disabled already HAS, what they have always dealt with and simply put: marketing and publicity play at it’s worst.
It’s more than time to recognize this market in the investment world, in the fashion world, in the business community and for it’s Global impact.
And.. It’s time for a real change…. a real answer… and some heavy funding to make this a multi-billion dollar industry: By doing good, serving disabilities and making a profound, dignified CHANGE!!
There is much on the global runway today that is addressing disabilities and fashion. Models are entering the runways in designs from the best houses of fashion. My colleagues, with disabilities, are finally being focused on – for the first time – for the beautiful people that they are – disability or no.
But is this just a showing for the designers, spotlighting their “compassionate” nature, and garnering headlines? The clothing is not made exclusively for the disabled – and although it’s very lovely – it does not address the issue of fashion for disabilities.
I believe that it’s opportunistic. My clothing line “Dignity by Design” is made specifically for disabled, Veterans and the elderly. (www.dignitybydesign.com)
We have struggled for years to get recognition by investors and angels, Why?:
Not enough of a market (5 million Americans and returning Veterans….not enough?)
“We don’t understand the disabled community”. (How about getting to know them?)
“We don’t understand the manufacturing/clothing market…too unstable”. (Does “Fubu” ring familiar?)
“It’s not technology…. and the return in the technology industry is more guaranteed.” (Although, with an 80% failure rate – the ROI is far from guaranteed.)
…The need IS real for the 5 million Americans alone, struggling with clothing issues, not having adequate resources and unable to afford designer prices – even if the clothing was made for their needs?
Please post your concerns or interest – because I am mystified at the apathy and lack of concrete solutions provided, thus far, for the daily needs of professional and social disabled citizens. We have always had the answer!
Minnesota’s Angel Tax Credit provides a 25-percent credit to investors or investment funds that put money into startup companies focused on high technology, new proprietary technology, or a new proprietary product, process or service in specified fields. The maximum credit is $125,000 per person, per year ($250,000 if filing jointly). The credit is refundable. Residents of other states and foreign countries are eligible.
A total of $16 million in tax credits is available, divided into two parts:
$7.5 million is reserved until Sept. 30 for investments in businesses owned by women or minorities or in businesses located in Greater Minnesota. As of 1/26/2015, $6.0 million remains. After Oct. 1, any remaining tax credits not allocated to these targeted businesses will be made available to others.
Another $8.5 million in credits (including unused credits from 2014) is available for investments in other businesses. As of 1/26/2015, $5.5 million remains.