Wednesday, July 15, 2015


A friend of mine shared an amazing link with me and I have to share it with all of you :-)

As you may know, one of the methods The DiversAble Model Project is using to create opportunities for the inclusion of people with Diverse Abilities is promotion in the fashion industry. Though we started out focusing on women, I was very excited by the launch of the c+i's Men's Shop. I have been able to reach out to those DiversAble Male Models! This week in NYC is the first Men's Fashion Week and if you're a #DiversAbleMan going for an urban look, then you'll want to get this bracelet and a pair of Nike FlyEase sneakers.

What is a Nike Flyease sneaker? Here's the link I was talking about:

Be sure to watch the video to get the full story. Matthew Walzer took a chance, raised his voice, and made an impact that will affect thousands, maybe millions, of people. I love when Designer Toby Hatfield says, "At some point, some people become less able sooner than others, but eventually we all become less able." If one young man could change the perception of a large company like Nike, think of the impact we could make if we organize ourselves and raise our voices!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this sneaker. Do they look good? Would the adaptation make a difference for you? Please share this post on your social media using the hashtags #DiversAbleModel and #NikeFLYEASE and TAG ME :-)

Support this project today by ordering from my Chloe + Isabel boutique: and/or donate to our GoFundMe page:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Where's the Pride??

On June 28, 2015, the day of the Gay Pride March, Newsday reported that "hundreds of thousands attended the march..." to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation. The event interrupted regular TV programming.

Crowds gathered to celebrate a history making event!

On July 10, 2015, the US celebrated our woman's team winning the Soccer World Cup. According to an ABCNews article, over 12,000 tickets were requested to this celebration for a venue that could only hold 3,500 people. This event also interrupted regularly scheduled TV programming.

How many people are behind the rails?

On July 12, 2015, The Wall Street Journal said the Disability Pride Parade "attracted 3,000 people..." and it "was relatively small..." TV programming carried on as scheduled!

How many people are behind the rails??

I spent two hours flipping through channels to see coverage of the parade, but found not a single live report. Many people may say, "Well, this is only the first one." To that I say, for that very reason it should have been one of the best!

I chatted with Tiffany Hall, a DiversAble Model, who expressed on her Facebook page that she felt the parade was unorganized. When I asked her to explain she wrote, "The streets were only partially blocked off, so we had to wait for traffic lights. We had to wait in the sun for the parade to start" She personally wrote me a message stating, "I doubt many people outside the disabled community even really knew about it. Felt like a waste of time."

This did bring up some important issues though, like the limited accessibility of trains and taxis. Perhaps that's why more people didn't attend. I was disheartened at Mayor de Blasio's treatment of the limited taxi accessibility. ABCNews quotes him as saying his administration is, "very, very committed already on the issue of accessible taxis, but all Tom Harkin had to do was say London was doing better to get my competitive fire going," He is reported to have laughed while making this statement. REALLY?? Full access to my city is left in the hands of a man who sees the issue as a competition??

I am clearly disappointed with the impact, or lack thereof, of this parade. I think we missed the mark today. I know we can do better!

Please do not confuse my criticism of the parade as a lack of acknowledgment of everyone who supported and "organized" the event. I'm proud of those who went out today and celebrated the accomplishments we've made so far! Thank you for proudly representing all those with Diverse Abilities. I'm grateful for the friends & families (DiversAble Allies) who attended and brought their children out to this history making event. I congratulate you all for rising up and making a dent in society!


Saturday, July 11, 2015


Whew! It's been too log since I've posted. Forgive me for the hiatus, but life does get crazy when you're trying to change the world! :-)

Let me ask you a question: How do ribbons and "disabilities" relate to each other? Read on to find out...

Many of you know that this month is a BIG deal for the Diverse Ability community. Tomorrow, July 12th, NYC is hosting the First Annual Disability Pride Parade. On July 26th, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act! I want to briefly share my thoughts.

DMP Logo
I'm glad that people with Diverse Abilities will march tomorrow, reminding people that we are here. I'm excited that the march will culminate with performances by DiversAble musicians, DiversAble comedians, and other acts. Yet, I'm also concerned... Just like with all groups of people, there is always opposition, always another group with something negative to say. Then there's the other side, the side where people feel pity. I'm cool with sympathy, even empathy, but not so much pity.  I do have "disability pride." I'll never deny that my limitations have helped me develop strength of character, creativity, determination, and perseverance. I'm even prouder of my ability!

My hope for tomorrow's parade is two-fold:
1. People will celebrate the accomplishments, strengths, and ability of those with Diverse Abilities
2. People will become aware and/or appreciate that there is still a long way to go in regards to equality. True equality is not created through pen & paper, but through a change in attitudes, perceptions, and mindsets.

Now to answer the question of ribbons and "disabilities..." There is a ribbon color to represent almost every Diverse Ability out there! Check out this link for a look at a pretty solid list, though not an exhaustive one:

CHALLENGE:  1) Find a ribbon that represents you!
                          2) Go to and order any piece that has your ribbon color (our Birthstone Studs are perfect for this and super affordable, see image below)
                          3) Shout out on social media that you accept the challenge using #DMPChallenge, say the color you chose, and post the link for the jewelry you order (please tag me!)

PRIZE: Everyone who places an order by Monday will have a chance to win all Hostess rewards (message me if you don't know what this means!)

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