Really J. Crew? A 4 Year Old?

Posted on December 14, 2014

Note to readers: I have been writing letters to J. Crew, asking them to sell a beautiful cane. Retailers have begun to hire disabled people as models, but there has yet to be a retailer who will sell a fashion or device that caters to disabled people. I want J. Crew to be the first.

Dear J. Crew,

In my ‘Final Letter to J. Crew’ I said I was done writing letters to you. Which makes this letter to you a bit awkward. You can call me a liar, a flip flopper, a… nnoying. But you’ll never be able to call me a person of low morals. So here I am writing you again. Because on top of having high moral value, I am also persistent. And adorable.

… though not as adorable as an able bodied four year old.

J. Crew 4 year old

I can’t really think of one adult living with a disability that is cuter than a 4 year old. And I have been trying to come up with one… just one for the last few days.

I get it, we’re ugly. We’re awkward. Our limbs hang funny (that is if we still have all four). Some of us walk strange. Some of us can’t even stand. Our eyes might bulge or wander. Our skin may be scarred. We might even look totally and absolutely normal. On the outside.

Stephen Hawking J. Crew

But you don’t need to look away. Looking at us will not cause you harm.

But I get it. A 4 year old designer? That’s amazing PR. There is no downside. Plus it must have been so fun to have her in the offices. Who isn’t going to love her, she’s adorable! But hiring a 4 year old doesn’t actually say anything. It’s cute without a point.

Beauty with a point is #YesJCrewCane.

Here are some facts about disabled people in the workforce:

  • Disabled Americans are twice as likely to be poor as non-disabled peers & far more likely to be unemployed.
  • Fewer than 1 in 5 disabled adults are employed.
  • 28.4 percent of disabled adults worked in 1990, compared with 14.4 percent in 2013.
  • The ratio for persons with a disability declined by 0.5 percentage point from 2013 to 2014, while the ratio for those with no disability increased by 0.6 percentage point.

Disability Employment

So, again I will ask. Why a 4 year old? Why not make a point? Why not change the world?

Best,

Liz Jackson

P.S. If you read this and agree, will you support my grassroots effort?

What Others Are Saying

  1. Noam N. Kogen December 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Well said, Elizabeth.

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