ASL Barbie is a real doll that was released by Mattel in 1999 as a teacher of American Sign Language.
The packaging includes images of finger-spelling signs for each letter of the alphabet, illustrations of common words in sign language, and a chalkboard. Barbie's hand is molded to sign the phrase "I love you."
Mattel promoted the doll as "enabling children, who are not challenged by deafness, to communicate and thus befriend children they might not otherwise have had the opportunity to interact with."
Does anyone still have one?
Representing diversity, inclusion, acceptance (NOT just tolerance), and ability during my Target retail shift today. •
Some people see me with a long white cane, or my Guide Dog, Figaro, and immediately wonder what I could possibly be capable of contributing to this world. It’s not like I have a sign on my forehead that reads, “I’m capable, I’m competent, I contribute to our community and world just like you do!”, or, “I have a MASTER’S degree, a rock solid work history in disability, employment, public speaking, training and development, advocacy, maintaining a household, raising kids to be pretty darn good humans, AND oh yeah “I” choose my own big girl clothes and even put them on all by myself! (That last part there, it’s sarcasm, but as shocking as it may seem, people often question a blind person’s ability to do any number of those things. Of course, that’s their ignorance or lack of familiarity with blind people (maybe they’ve never met a blind person before) speaking, but it happens, and it shouldn’t. •
My shirt isn’t representative of blindness. It has hands forming the shape of each letter in ASL to form the word “TARGET”, which is printed below the ASL hand images. It doesn’t have to be about blindness—this shirt is one of the top two FAVORITE Target shirts I own, the other a Target symbol with the Rainbow making up the top half to communicate support and acceptance of guests, friends, family, team members, and the overall LGBT community. •
Disability is a misnomer. Sure, I can’t see, my eyes don’t work as they should. My EYES are, disabled. 😂. But, me? I am a whole lot more than the function of my eyes. I am ABLE, through different means and methods and strategies and tools, to do what the next girl does, to contribute and give to the world. I am ABLE. But, I do things differently. Isn’t that the truth for all of us? Get ten people in a room, ask them the same question, and you’ll get ten different answers. We are unique, each of us, and that is part of what makes this world work.
PD: 1. Nicole wearing the target ASL tshirt described above. 2. Photo of target LGBT top half rainbow and bottom half target symbol tee.
To the person responsible for this park job,
I have no idea who you are, and quite frankly, I hope I never meet you. As evidenced by your #USciences permit, you’re either a faculty member or a student...if you’re faculty this is all 10 times worse.
Perhaps, you were running late to either teach or attend class. However, there is no excuse for parking in the manner that you did. Not only are you partially in the space without the proper documentation to do so, but you are also blocking the access aisle. I understand that most people don’t understand what these blue hash marks are for, but for wheelchair users, they are vital. These hash marks provide a safe place to load and unload from our vehicles, and in the case of the STC back lot, the access aisle is where the ramp from the sidewalk to the parking lot lies.
Now yes, I was able to get through, but my wheelchair is pretty narrow, and not all wheelchair users would’ve had the same luck.
Hopefully, you’ll learn from the mistake you’ve made today, and the parking ticket from Public Saftey should hopefully serve as a deterrent from doing this again.
Clearly your parking skills aren’t proven everywhere.
A student on wheels #accessibility#proveneverywhere (#exceptwhereitcounts ) #accessaisle#accessaisleabuse#learnhowtopark
When we remind others of their wonderful qualities and give them space to be themselves, our whole world fills with warmth and color. @raywadoodles, thank you for sharing your true colors! 🌈
[Image description: Smiling egg-shaped doodle is talking to a smaller worried doodle whose round body is filled with shades of red and blue. The egg-shaped doodle is saying, “Don’t worry. I see your true colors.” A line splits the frame, and on the other side, the small doodle’s colors have exploded in gorgeous hues of red, purple, blue and green. The two doodles stand there smiling together, as the egg-shaped one says, “Wow!“]
#tbt Little Giselle having a tear-free therapy day, which was a total rare moment back then. I think about how much both of us have grown since this picture was taken. I was so doubtful in my ability to navigate through difficult therapy days and she was so overwhelmed.
But this day was a good day, and more good days have come since then.
It’s difficult to articulate how much you grow as a parent of a child with a disability. You don’t know when it happens, but each day you learn to figure it out. We fall apart and we reconfigure. We fall apart again and then we reconfigure once again.
It’s just what we do.
As we sit in this difficult season of tears and sensory overload, there is this overwhelming peace in my heart that no longer becomes shaken so easily and confidently knows that we will not remain in this season. One way or another, we will find a way.
Despite the diagnosis, life still has its seasons. Some seasons are just longer than others.
🔔 Reminder...Open Sidewalk: The Accessible City is this Saturday, September 22 from 12–6pm! RSVP link in bio. In the comments below, tag someone you think should attend this event. ⬇️
An intentionally flexible city is accessible for every body, everywhere, and every day. It's important that we address and begin this conversation now and we welcome you to be part of co-creating a neighbourhood that can work for everyone.
Yesterday Jesse commenced his Public Access training with a trip to #Walgreens ! He did an excellent job walking confidently with his trainer and minding his manners. Not even the automatic doors phased him! We want to say a big #thankyou to the staff at Walgreens and to the customer who reminded her children not to touch dogs they do not know. What a great first outing!
It can be daunting to choose the transport wheelchair best suited to your needs, so we did the work for you! Check out this detailed guide to our favorite transportable chairs currently on the market, including units from @drivemedical and @whill_us. Link in bio.
Nothing's better than a day at the beach!
If you're in the panhandle area then you'll want to head on out to St. George island this Saturday, to join @faastinc, the FDOA, and The Reeve Foundation as they demo recreational tech and toys to make a day at the beach a bit more accessible.
Don't miss this opportunity to try out all terrain track chairs, accessible kayaks, hand cycles, and more!
And as if you needed any more reason to head to the beach, the event is FREE!
10 AM - 4 PM
1900 E Gulf Beach Dr, St. George Island, FL 32328
The final video collab with @chrissym23 is now live on YouTube! It’s a bit of a take on the whole “deaf woman hears for the first time” thing. We do a little experiment. YouTube link in bio, or check the Instagram stories for a swipe up link!
[Image Description: Rikki in a bedroom, pretending to sob with her hand covering her mouth/face.]
Condo life not your cup of tea? Full accessibility in the home can make the difference between living independently or having to move from your home. This property offers yet another option to anyone with mobility issues and those wishing to live in their own home for years to come. 🏡 www.3suncrestdr.com
Did you know we're publishing TEN new Touch to See titles for our book clubs? These exciting new group resources will cover a range of subjects from the flora and fauna of Dorset to '60 music icons and their performances at The Royal Albert Hall. Stay tuned for more info! #Accessibility#VisualImpairment ⠀
[Photo shows a tactile picture of the Beatles and a collage of musicians and bands from the 1960s, including the Beatles.]
Don't miss our radio play ONE WEEK from TODAY! TIC Radio and Podcast Players (TIC RAPPers) bring “Dracula” to 1000 Southern Artery Senior Center next Thursday, September 27th! Come see our classic live old-time radio drama broadcast of Orson Welles’ adaption of “Dracula” next Thursday (9/27) at 7:00 p.m! It is free and open to the public and residents, please RSVP to email@example.com! No tickets are sold for these radio drama productions, but donations may be made in support of it! Businesses that wish to support these productions may become part of the show through unique underwriting messages. Title and break sponsorship's are available! To sponsor the show or to listen to recordings of our previous radio drama productions, please visit http://ticnetwork.org/donate/tic-radio-podcast-players/
Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977) at Karma—“Two Ladders” 1947, oil on masonite, 12x16” — On view thru Sept 23rd. 🌙
Abercrombie’s restrained palette and minimal compositions foreground her repeating imagery, which can be read as autobiographical puzzles that, if unscrambled, reveal a complicated, often tortured life, but one which begs examination and discussion.
#nyuart @karmakarma9 #gertrudeabercrombie#surrealism#nycart#eastvillage
#Accessibility [Photo description: Cresent moon and pink cloud with ladders underneath.]
Throwback to our first workshop with @wmrailway to showcase the Passenger Assist app before the start of the on going trial. What to learn more about the app we would love to hear from you. Comment or send us a DM#ThrowbackThursday#workshop#transreportforall .
Missed #BiolaInkslinger at the Involvement Fair? No sweat! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org for ways to get connected. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Saw us at the Fair? We’ll be getting in touch with everyone who gave us contact information very soon! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have any questions? Email or DM us here! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀
Still here? Help us! #WeNeedAnInkslingerHashtag so comment your ideas here! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
(#Accessibility : graphic that says “Get Involved with Inkslinger. Submit, Attend, Edit)
Here at MassMu we are dedicated to making our museum accessible in a variety of ways. In our Moniker: Identity Lost & Found exhibit we commissioned tactile versions of our moniker panels for the visually impaired. Everyone can feel what each artist has marked, and the labels and information are in Braille! In addition our lower level has touchable displays of railroad artifacts. Visit our Moniker exhibit for FREE now through October 21!
Thank you to @clovernookcenter
for creating our Braille guides and tactile pages!
Regrann from @thelivityproject - You are specially invited to The LIVITY Project's Teach-In.
Come join our discussion on campus, or join us for our virtual viewing party on Facebook live at The Livity Project, as we seek to meaningfully address marginalisation, discrimination and exclusion of persons with disabilities, and LGBTI Caribbean citizens. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Hosted by The Institute for Gender and Development Studies, and it's partners, Barbados Council for the Disabled, @ec_equality. This project is funded by @ The European Union.
Goodbye LA, it’s off to the UK for me! Where do you live? 😁🇬🇧🐝
[Photo Description: Molly looking off to the side with her eyes closed and looking very peaceful and happy]
PC - @bringoutthegold
Look who is getting her big girl (front) teeth! Photo Description: Close up of Meridi (4 Month Standard Red Poodle) she has her lips pulled back exposing baby canine teeth and missing/adult front teeth #accessibility
Why be normal when you can redefine the norm? I want to challenge society’s negative perception of disability. My latest video is all about why it’s important that I speak out about my disabilities and chronic illnesses, and how I want to help others be proud of who they are no matter how different we may be. Spread love. Video link in bio.
GI has inspired the most dramatic tears EVER this morning! They just sat on his face glaring at me. 😢😡Jack acts so betrayed at every. single. doc appointment. I’m trying to talk to Jack about “healthy visit” vs. “sick visit”. Pop some tips below👇 if you have helpful ways of keeping your #medicallycomplex kiddo’s anxiety down during routine appointments & check-ups? Not 💯 sure what Jack understands, but communicating with him is key! ♥️🔑 ♥️ .
Side note to nurses (or anyone unclear on this): the kid in the walker cannot stand independently to get a weight or height. Yes, he’s huge and doesn’t look “sick”, but he can’t walk or stand and that’s why he has that walker. ♿️🚼😑 Please notice also the screaming and wriggling around he’s doing in my arms trying to avoid the scale. What do you do for other kids too large for the “baby scale”? Luckily, he did fit on the baby scale for height & weight. But it always makes me feel like I’m doing something wrong bc I can’t get him to stand or sit or be calm for something as simple as a weight. I get that how bad that sucks for you that he’s not cooperating, but it also sucks for me AND FOR JACK (who is clearly distressed by this situation that is seemingly simple)!!! .
👆That’s why I ADVOCATE so hard for families @childrensatl on the Family Advisory Council. A little more sensitivity & accessibility is needed ALL AROUND!🗣🗣 #dramatictears#accessibility#accessibilityneeds#jackjacklove#inclusionmatters#specialneedsmomrant#specialneedsblogger#pyridoxinedependentepilepsy#iloveatubie#tubielife#tubielove#specialneedsmom#sensoryissues#sensoryprocessingdisorder#differentnotless#advocatelikeamother#delayednotdefeated
Day 50, #🌞 #🍦 #🍲 #frankfurt
긴 휴가를 마치고, 이 도시의 일상에서 산 하루였다. 일어나면 언니는 이미 출근한 지 오래였고, 부엌에서 부스럭거리면 거실 문이 열리고 아저씨의 'Hallo', 인사가 있었다.
압펠자프트(Apfelsaft:사과주스) 한 잔과 샐러드로, 아저씨와 함께했던 아침 겸 점심. 곁들일 하리보 젤리는 다 먹었나 보았다. 아저씨께 콘스탄츠에서 무얼 했는지, 보덴제가 얼마나 아름다웠는지 말씀드렸다. 꼭 가보시라고, 어느 이방인이 독일 사람에게 이곳의 도시를 소개했다.
오늘은 여행을 시작한 지 50일째 되는 날이었다. 숫자에 불과한 건데, 특별하지 않던 날이 없었는데. 괜한 의미부여란. 이만큼이나 이곳에서 잘 지냈다며, 많은 시간이 흘렀다며 뿌듯하게 했다.
현관을 나서, 어느 쪽으로 갈지 잠시 고민했다. 척척박사님께 물어봐야 하나. 쥬드 역을 지나 셋째 날에 우연히 갔었던 젤라또 카페를 다시 찾았다. 그때는 어디로 가야 할지 몰라서, 이 여행을 어떻게 이어가야 할지 막막해서 거리를 헤맸는데. 이제는 지도 없이도 원하는 방향으로 달릴 수 있었다.
붕붕이는 이곳에 사는 아이들에게도 인기였다. 유치원을 마치고 집으로 가는 길에 들른 듯한 그들에게 포위되었다. 난 말없이 젤라또를 먹을 뿐, 귀여운 목소리들에 대답을 건넬 수 없어서 슬펐던 순간도 있었다.
언니의 퇴근 시간에 맞추어 중앙역으로 갔다. 역 근처에 있는 베트남 요리 전문점에서 저녁을 먹기로 했다. 아저씨도 오셨다. 유럽에서의 집이 되어주셨던 두 분께 전하는 감사함, 그 마음에 비하면 턱없이 부족했지만 조금이라도 표현하고 싶었다. 파리에서 베트남 음식에 관한 무지함을 깨달았던터라, 'Pho'가 맞는지 확인했다. 오랜만에 먹어보는 내가 알던 그 쌀국수. 프랑크푸르트에는 맛있는 베트남 쌀국숫집이 있었다.
밤 아홉 시 무렵에는 옅은 노을이 하늘 곳곳에 깔렸다. 오늘은 이런 하늘이었다는 이유만으로 좋았던, 잊을 수 없었던 시간들. 그 시간을 선물해준 그곳에게 나는, 어떤 말을 해야 할까.
#나의유럽에게#accessibility#travel#writing#유럽여행#기록#일기#information#sunset#night#city#buildings#gutenacht#hauptbahnhof #🌃 #노을#야경#프랑크푸르트#독일#deutschland#germany #🇩🇪
Are there no blind people walking around @cbscph in Frederiksberg so there is no need for the metal markers to guide blind pedestrians? Or are no blind people walking around Frederiksberg because people block the metal markers in many different ways, like parking their bikes right along the metal marker line outside @cbscph in Frederiksberg? Future business leaders need to think more inclusively in all their actions. #accessibility#inclusion
Making travelling more accessible for everyone is what we do.
We are going to count down our the top destinations that have amazing accessible ♿ transportation systems.
Tag a friend who loves to travel ✈🚄🚃🚋 and see whether your favourite destinations make the list. #accessibletravel#topten#passengerassist
Today we are recording VocalEyes autumn newsletter, packed full of #AudioDescribed performances and events.
Subscribe to it online via vocaleyes.co.uk and select from the version that works best for you: email, clear print, braille or audio CD.
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newsletter script and a microphone in a recording room]
I am so proud to see @rena.awry art being recognized 💚 @natural.cannabis.company
This remarkable person continues to fight for what's right, #Accessibility , #Inclusion , and #Diversity in the Cannabis Industry.
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Rena Wyman (@rena.awry) has been an artist for most of her adult life with varying mediums. However, due to a progressive disability, she began to lose some of her artistic skill. Although the pure mechanics of her artistry eludes her at times, she is determined to adapt somehow. Cannabis offers her the ability to push past some of her difficulties to create each work of art that stands as her personal proof of freedom. With Cannabis, Rena finds freedom from her "twisted tangled mess of an uncooperative disabled body. Cannabis unlocks this rigid cage, enables fluidity of movement, an avenue to expression, an escape from this broken me. Freedom to find the strength to purposefully make memories with dignity and creativity. Freedom to find beauty despite the struggle, freedom to find beauty in the struggle, because everything is a struggle now. Cannabis lifts the pain long enough to elevate this old soul, lighting my imagination with the freedom that my legs no longer provide, an even trade for wings. Freedom, bittersweet and beautiful. A treasure realized only when jilted, only when tilted, only when tugged from your grasp." She entered "Royally Free" during #HighArt 2018. .