“Good design is inclusive design. Design should always be judged by whether or not it achieves an inclusive environment. Design which does not do this is not good enough. Good design should reflect the diversity of people who use it and not impose barriers of any kind.” This article on Lumesse Learning.com (lumesselearning.com) explains the origins of good design, and the difference between accessibility and inclusive design.
Glamour, the American fashion magazine, recently published a first-person piece by a writer with on the topic of fashion for people with disabilities. Writer Keah Brown, who is a person who has cerebral palsy, says every day actions like buttoning pants is frustrating and time-consuming. Now, she says, people with disabilities are starting to ease onto the radar of a tiny slice of the fashion industry.
A blog article on Socialcare.com.au reveals that American retailer K-Mart is alive and well in Australia, and leading the way with its inclusive marketing. In 2016 K-Mart Australia started featuring children with disabilities on a regular basis in its flyers and TV advertising. Children with Down’s Syndrome and kids using wheelchairs are now part of K-Mart Australia’s regular marketing efforts.
Open Style Lab is a non-profit organization with a mission to design stylish clothing with function for people with disabilities. In collaboration with students from the Parsons School of Design, Open Style Lab undertook a unique project to design clothes for individuals with disabilities and varying clothing specifications.