On Sunday, July 26th the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 30 which kicked off the celebration of #ADA30 Week! This celebration transports me back to college when I started researching clothing and retail trends for people with disabilities in 1992. I chuckle now when I think about my advocacy during those years. I thought the passing of the ADA meant immediate changes, and I would say to anyone who would listen, “Although the ADA is the law, there is still work to do to eradicate discrimination towards people with disabilities, which is proof you can’t legislate attitudinal changes”.
What I’m reading this week
This week I consumed as many articles as possible on #ADA30, and I’m both hopeful and saddened. I’m hopeful to see how far we’ve come and sad to see how far we have to go. At the same time, I’m also looking forward to watching the advocacy seeds we plant today grow over the next 30 years.
Although the ADA is the law, there is still work to do to eradicate discrimination towards people with disabilities, which is proof you can’t legislate attitudinal changesStephanie thomas
In addition to the celebration of the ADA this week, Stride Rite introduced a new sneaker, Zappos Adaptive added a new single shoe and mixed size shoe test program, author Keah Brown wrote a piece for the New York Times about dressing with disabilities and in the article referenced the question that was the catalyst for my year-long PJ Deejay advocacy campaign, “why are there more clothing options designed for pets than there are for people with disabilities?” Seeing a reference to the PJ Deejay campaign and functional fashion in Keah’s piece in the New York Times made me a bit emotional, although I was not sited in the article for my contribution I’m thrilled the seeds of my advocacy are growing and are now officially in the zeitgeist.
Enjoy my top 8 articles of the week.
- Disability Visibility Project ADA 30 In Color
- Refinery 29 Voices of Disability: Adaptive Clothing
- Yahoo Life Stride Rite Releases Adaptive Sneakers for Kids With Disabilities
- People.com/Style Zappos’ New Program Lets Shoppers Buy Single and Mixed Size Shoes
- Ted.com Stella Young I’m Not Your Inspiration Thank You Very Much
- Mashable Fashion Show Uses 3D Models To Avoid Spreading COVID-19
- Refinery 29 Queer Crip Fashion: For Standing Out, Proudly
- New York Times Disabled People Love Clothes Too
Why are there more clothing options designed for pets than there are for people with disabilities?Stephanie Thomas