2021 is here so Happy, Happy New Year! During the holiday break I watched quite a few films, one film in particular gave me hope in a way I hadn’t expected. Netflix’s We Can Be Heroes featured a character who was suppose to be a super hero in a wheelchair. To my disappointment the child actor was not a wheelchair user. He did a fine job, but I believe a child actor who is an actual wheelchair user would have been more authentic. Also, all wheelchair users do not have spinal cord injuries, and some are even ambulatory wheelchair users. Don’t take my word for it, contact KMR Talent Diversity Division and they can assist you with authentic casting of actors with various disabilities. It’s 2021, casting directors need to do better! However, I was delighted to see that the films wardrobe team intentionally used the grey Billy’s Footwear shown above, as part of the heroes uniforms! Yes, adaptive shoes selected for fashion not for function. I want to see more of this in 2021, minus the poor casting.
Billy Footwear offers styles for children, and adults. That awesome zipper on top of the shoes makes it easier to put the shoes on and take them off. It’s also great if you have difficulty with shoe laces, or wear Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO).
This is a great way to kick off the year. Mainstream adoption of functional footwear will help shift culture and normalize human centered and universal design principles. Once again happy new year!