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Chapter 1: My Story
I started this blog back in 2013. You may already know my story and how I awoke one Sunday, falling out of bed and into the hospital. That was the day I discovered that my ugly hospital gifted cane was called an “assistive device”. That term was new to me. Also new to me? My inability to find a cane that felt like ‘me’ even though I was able to find the perfect pair of eyeglasses. This lack of choice and lack of thoughtful design means many people don’t use the products they need because they are stigmatizing. Falls lead to more preventable deaths than you may know
I’m a young, fashion conscious New Yorker who has accomplished many things while being disabled (many of my accomplishments are because I’m disabled). And it seems so obvious that I should want a beautiful and functional cane that reflects my personality and aesthetic. Quickly after starting my blog, I decided I would do everything I could to de-stigmatize assistive devices. I wanted the fashion world to include me and my disabled peers. Early on, I chose to focus on my favorite store, J. Crew. I have spent the last three years asking them to sell a beautiful cane because they often feature and sell eyeglasses. J. Crew has been nothing but unresponsive to my idea. But amazingly, I have found people who are incredibly responsive, because they themselves are also trying to de-stigmatize the products and fashions people with disabilities request and require.