keep them cool and hot
Jake Nielsen, singer and guitarist for his band Triple Threat, was born with cerebral palsy and wants to see more representation of cool people with disabilities.
As a professional musician, Jake challenges the limits of stereotypes and encourages people of all abilities to understand what is possible when pursuing their passions. “I love it when I’m on tour and people with disabilities come up to me and say, ‘I didn’t know people with cerebral palsy could do that.’ “It wakes me up,” he said. “If they were doing more in the media, they would want to try instead of being told they couldn’t do it.”
Jake also wants to break the stereotype that disabled people are aromatic. Many people with disabilities have healthy relationships and sex lives, but they are rarely featured in the media.
“make [the kid in the wheelchair] Calm down for a moment,” Nielsen said. “Make him a girlfriend.”
Embrace Humor – Respectfully
When it comes to disability, people can be so afraid of being offended, or filled with unnecessary sympathy, that everything has to be serious.
But life is messy and funny. Humor relieves tension, helps people relate to each other, and brings us closer together. it is human.
DMF co-founders, father-son duo Ken and Daniel Trush tear up as they discuss their own experiences with the disability that began when Danny fell into a coma when he was 12 It strikes the perfect balance between being funny and making you laugh. .
Of course, like any community, it should be treated with respect. We also need to include disabled writers and sensitive readers in the process. But people with disabilities also like to laugh.
think behind the scenes
Representation also includes who you employ.
Hire actors, models and other creatives with disabilities. You get great talent and the opportunity they deserve. If you cast a wheelchair user in a role, they will actually know how to use a wheelchair.
Organizations such as Gamut Management, a consulting and talent management firm for people with disabilities, offer expertise and first-hand perspective to brands looking to become more inclusive. Just ask Kohl’s, a retail brand that partners with Gamut to design stylish adaptive wear.
By representing people with disabilities inclusively, we can connect with more people and change the bigger story. This affects not only the disabled community, but also their loved ones and allies.
Brands are expressive. I use it often.