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Disability, Fashion, Inclusion, small business -

Since Lottie Jackson featured us in her Guardian article in December 2019 ['Why 2019 was a landmark year for disabled fashion'], progress in this space has been patchy but promising.  To be fair, the dumpster fire of 2020 hasn't made it easy for people to push on with any previously made plans; manufacturing has been a stop-start business, rife with uncertainty. It would be understandable for mainstream brands on the cusp of exploring inclusive design to have pulled back.  For small businesses and startups, keeping the lights on has been hard enough this year. Despite this, we have seen some new...

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Earlier this month, Professor Elizabeth Frood, who has previously spoken to the BBC about her life-changing illness, modelled for at St Cross College, where she holds her fellowship.  Liz, who suffered multiple organ failure as a result of the infection, lost hearing in one ear, much of the functionality of her hands, and had to have her nose entirely reconstructed. She now wears prosthetic legs and is an ambulatory wheelchair user. The signs of sepsis “I thought I had a stomach bug,” Liz told the BBC in a video interview in 2018. Even now, she finds it hard to articulate her rapid...

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‘Mental Health for All’ is the theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day. What does that mean, you might ask? Well, according to the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), this is about ‘greater investment’ and ‘greater access’. For anyone who feels a bit sceptical of awareness days, this is – at least – an acknowledgement that the onus is not just on us, the general population, to drive positive change.   Universal health coverage Dr Ingrid Daniels, WFMH President, described the mental health landscape before the pandemic as “dire” in a letter to friends of the federation. She...

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If you're aware of ataxia, well done. You're part of the 13% of people in the UK who do. This is why annually, on 25 September, the organisation Ataxia UK asks supporters to help spread awareness and increase this percentage.  There are different types of ataxia, but generally speaking they are a rare group of neurological conditions that affect balance, speech and coordination. Most types are described as cerebellar ataxia (i.e. relating to the cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for movement and coordination).  Ataxia can affect anyone. It can: be inherited via specific genes from one or both...

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Hi guys, It’s been a whirlwind year so far – for all of us. But, I’m sure many of you will agree, it’s also been a time for reflection and for thinking carefully about the future we want to create. Since founding Kintsugi, I’ve always been sure of one thing: I want to create a future where disabled people are represented, valued, and understood by the fashion industry. One small brand can’t achieve all this, but there were disability-conscious companies before ours and a whole load more have sprouted up since. If we collaborate and highlight each other’s strengths, we’ll...

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