About Me

I got sick, and things fell apart.

But I’ve learned a few things and I’m picking up the pieces.

With my creativity and humor, I’m building a life that I can be proud of.

It’s been said “if you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it”. I advocate for a concept I am developing called ‘Inclusive Retail’. After my diagnosis, I began to wonder why her eyeglasses were fashionable when my cane and all other assistive products were stigmatizing. Inclusive Retail aims to inspire designers and retailers to make and market products for all needs. I believe thoughtful design can improve and save millions of lives while fueling an emerging market the size of China. I believe if retailers can see people with disabilities as consumers, they will also be able to see people with disabilities as hirable: Inclusive Retail is equality through the marketplace.

What’s your stigma? What’s your passion?

Feel free to get in touch: thegirlwiththepurplecane [at] gmail

oh yeah… my name is Liz.

Forrest Gump Bench

(Photo Courtesy of Hanna Agar – from ‘Life is Like’)

Sometimes I write about people. But other times, people write about me. To read more about me, but not in my words, check out:

Designing For Disability by Amy Merrick – The New Yorker

New Yorkers Face Hard Decisions After Collapse of Health Republic Insurance by Nicholas Casey – New York Times

This Woman Is Taking On Disability Stigma With A Purple Cane and A Petition by Jessi Probus – Buzzfeed

A Girl Trying To End Disability Stigma With A Purple Cane And Our Help by Elle Brosh – Bust

Adaptive Hacks: A Cane Meets A Bike by Sara Hendren – Ablersite

The Girl With The Purple Cane: Liz Jackson by Phoebe Redlin – Momentum Mag

From Canes to Closures by Jacki Lyden – NPR

Is the Fashion Business Helping or Ignoring the Disabled? by Jacki Lyden – The Seams

Disabled Woman Petitions J. Crew to Sell Stylish Canes by Hayley Wilbur – Mashable

Meet the Woman Petitioning J. Crew by Heather Schwedel – Racked

Petitioning J. Crew to Sell Assistive Canes by Nicole Dieker – The Billfold

On A Mission to Destigmatize Assistive Devices – Women You Should Know

J. Crew Said No to Her Idea for Assistive Fashion by Rachel Kassenbrock – The Mighty (Please Note: I am now advocating against The Mighty’s practices of cultivating Inspiration Porn.)

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