I recently read an interesting blog on “Adaptive Clothing” (see link below blog) that talks of all of the “new and innovative” clothing lines available for disabilities.
This was my response to the editor:
“We have been in the adaptive clothing business since 2001. As a matter of fact – we, Dignity by Design, introduced Adaptive Fashion to the world. For years we went to investors, we pitched, we were up for awards. We were, and are, considered the leaders and experts in adapted fashionable clothing, without a stigmatized “adaptive” appearance. Yet we couldn’t make the investment market take notice – not enough to invest real $$. The main brands that are referenced in this blog simply modify their current lines “enough” to be considered adapted – but there’s so much more to adapted clothing: Materials, cut, price, style and research.
If this market truly is going to approach $393 billion by 2026, then perhaps my readers can point us to the people that are serious about disabled fashion, investing in this market and providing a real solution that will capture the market with integrity and purpose – not just a quick fix. “
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!
To all of my FB, Twitter,Pinterest and Instagram followers and friends: Hereby unfriend, untweet, unpin and unchat me……ifyou want to sway
my opinions and convictions on:
A) Massive gun control for assault and automatic
weapons – I believe that they do kill people. Period.
Also, If you spend more time defending your
weaponry than you do defending and assisting the
daily rights and options for disabled, homeless and
poor – or fighting bigotry
………….Please unfriend me.
B) Women’s rights and Planned Parenthood: I believe
that women have the right to own their reproduction. Period. I believe that the organizations that uphold
these hard earned rights and medical services should
be supported and upheld.
C) That political agendas should be unmasked
(on all sides) and only work for the benefit of all people – not the wealthy –
but for the average working American. I also believe that there
will never be a true democracy without socialized medicine and
uniform drug and pharmaceutical regulations.
If it is your opinion that the thought of the day is more important than a friendship or a human’s well being – if you think that your “post” will sway ethical and moral convictions that have taken 60 years to develop………..absolutely, unfriend me. I’ll survive…. guaranteed.
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!
We’ve been suckered in…time and again to…. the marketing traps, right?
“WE’VE FOUND THE ANSWER…BURIED FOR YEARS!!! Read on….”
“MEDICAL MIRACLE THAT YOUR DR. DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW!! Read on…”
“FINALLY A CURE FOR CANCER!! (Wrinkles, gout, insomnia, depression, weight gain, failing business)… with these two Risk Free MIRACLE Products…… Read on.“
….And you DO read on.…page after page…because the mystery is not quite ready to be revealed!! (….definitely not until that plastic card is out of your wallet and you’ve been reeled in: Hook, LIE and Sinker. )
SERIOUSLY WORLD: IF YOU HAD THE CURE FOR A LIFE THREATENING DISEASE, DEATH, BLINDNESS, MAJOR WEIGHT LOSS, SAGGING SKIN, HAIR LOSS….whatever…. Wouldn’t you plaster that news top and center of your very first paragraph????
And if this supplier HAS THE CURE for suffering in his/her greasy little hand…don’t you find it inhumane and cruel to keep it from the masses until it’s become the next New York Times Bestseller, or “Over a Million Sold” product??
Personally, I just erase these emails from my inbox and never click the side posts on FB. But/and – as of late – these “urgent messages” and “inbox spams” are showing up on LinkedIn as invited contacts. WTF??
Yes, that’s right …the online bible of business has succumbed!
But we’re not safe until we “Just say NO”. We can do this folks, say no to the new age of the “Snake Oil Salesman”
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!!