I am consulting with a beautiful organization called Open Inclusion where I am the Lead in the United States. Open is an organization run for and by people with disabilities where we work with large brands to make products and services more accessible through different paid research opportunities. We are also working on a brand-new project where we partnered with the freelance organization, Fiverr, where we are working with people with disabilities to help them become their own freelancers. So many amazing things in the advancement of inclusion!
We are also working on an incredible competition called the Simply Open Awards where people with disabilities can submit a two minute video showcasing a simple and elegant solution or ”hack” that has made their lives better. These solutions will be shared with the world, so that we can showcase how we come up with innovative solutions to make our lives just a little bit easier.
Collaborating with the Christopher Reeve Foundation we hosted a webinar on what the Simply Open Awards are all about. If you have a disability, or a loved one of someone with a disability, a carer, a friend, etc. you can also submit a two minute video.
Winners will win a few thousand dollars and have the chance to go to an all-inclusive paid trip to the Zero Project Conference in Geneva in 2023!
Thank you Christopher Reeve for such an awesome webinar:
This is hard to write – perhaps harder to deal with than chronic debilitating nerve pain, which I suffer from daily. When you are physically disabled and require 24/7 help to take care of all of your daily needs it requires a village of caregivers, family, friends, agencies, medical professionals, etc.
I preface what I’m about to dive into by first saying each and every person in my life who helps to take care of me, paid or not, Thank you! You physically help me live my life each and every day, which is the most beautiful gift I could ever ask for. I appreciate every single human who takes time out of their lives to make my own life possible. This, in turn, allows me to spend the time advocating for others who need my help. It also affords me the opportunity to live each and every day to its fullest and advocate for systemic disability inclusion.
Now, onto what is behind the curtain of my life that many who do not live with a disability simply do not see because much of it is hidden. My life is my own, but it is not at the same time. I can’t do what I want and how I want to do it at all times.
Thank you to the Christopher Reeve Foundation for allowing me to be a guest blogger to discuss some amazing projects I am working on with a beautiful organization called Open Inclusion. We work with people with disabilities and brands to make products and services more accessible for all!
Change only happens when we speak up, take action, and do something about it!
Over the last 18 months, I have worked tirelessly to marry my professional career with my disability advocacy work. I reached a point in my life where the work I engage in needs to be meaningful and help others in the disability community. I have come to realize this is who I am at my core – a person with a disability who believes in paying it forward, human kindness, and advancing inclusiveness for all.
I have been extremely fortunate to meet incredible leaders around the globe who have asked me to participate in delightful projects to help people in the pan-disability community gain meaningful employment, have their voices heard and time compensated for their insights. I am involved in many projects, but what is incredibly humbling to me is working with companies that truly celebrate my lived experience with a disability.
One such beautiful company I have recently started working with is Open Inclusion. Open Inclusion is an inclusive research, insight and design agency based in the UK and operating globally. Open has been built with, for and by people with disabilities. We amplify the voices of our diverse insight community by informing leading brands of their diverse customer need to help create solutions that are desired by people with disabilities, and better for all….”