Why We Need More Disability Representation in Weddings

Why We Need More Disability Representation in Weddings

Owners and sisters, Laura Allen and Sarah Parker, of The White Collection change the window display monthly but they had no idea what a statement they were making when they decided to display a mannequin sitting in a wheelchair. In an industry that tends to exclude those that are different, this new example of inclusion is hopefully the beginning of a bigger movement.

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Why It's Ableist to Ban the Plastic Straw

Why It's Ableist to Ban the Plastic Straw

The debate about the plastic straw should have stopped the first time a person with a disability said, “Wait a minute… I need a plastic straw to drink.” Environmentalists should have apologized and moved on to the next issue, one that probably would have a greater impact on the plastic pollution crisis. However, months later, the disabled are still fighting to be heard on social media and at city council meetings across the globe.

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Adapting to the Ordinary // The Dreaded “I” Word

Adapting to the Ordinary // The Dreaded “I” Word

Accomplishing everyday tasks or doing ordinary things that able-bodied people do (like buying milk, going to school or getting married) are not inspiring. And to categorize them as such lowers the expectations we have for people with disabilities. This is problematic in a lot of aspects but particularly when fighting for equal opportunities in education and employment.

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Adapting to the Ordinary // DOs and DON’Ts of a Disability “Woke” Business

Adapting to the Ordinary // DOs and DON’Ts of a Disability “Woke” Business

When working with clients with disabilities, there are many considerations for making a great first impression and a long-lasting relationship. While you probably already work with other minorities, people with disabilities may require special accommodations you may not be aware of. Each individual has different abilities and needs that may require some creativity on your part to be inclusive and accommodating. No matter the type of vendor you are, here are some DOs and DON’Ts you should consider to be a disability-“woke” business:

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Out of the Box Winner // Confetti Unicorns

Out of the Box Winner // Confetti Unicorns

As soon as we saw the wrapping papers included in our mystery box, we were transported to the end of the 80s and early 90s. All the textures, patterns, and shapes brought us back to a time of bright makeup, Saved by the Bell, flashy clothes, and fun music. We wanted to make sure those textures and patterns were felt and seen throughout the shoot as our inspiration, but with a contemporary modern twist.

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Out of the Box Challenge // Bay Area Creatives

Out of the Box Challenge // Bay Area Creatives

For me this photo challenge prompted a natural response to the current sociopolitical backlash to diversity, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ community. I put out a casting call in my local model group looking for alternative and underrepresented women. I knew from the start I wanted to show a same sex wedding, so when Gigi and Nicole were among my applicants the choice was easy.

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