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Boy Going Blind Creates Bucket List Of Sights

Boy Going Blind Creates Bucket List Of Sights

Seeing tiny snails and examining chalk under a microscope might seem like small things, but to a Texas boy losing his eyesight they’re bucket list material—along with more standard big-ticket items like seeing the Grand Canyon and Antarctica—of things he wants to see before he goes blind. Read more on Newser…

Many Polling Places Still Aren’t Accessible To Voters With Disabilities

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  • Decades after the Americans with Disabilities Act, we still have polling places that are restrictive to disabled voters. [VICE]
  • Read this fantastic piece about why street harassment shouldn’t be criminalized in the context of an unjust criminal justice system. [The Intercept]
  • Oklahoma’s Supreme Court has delayed some abortion restrictions in the state. [Raw Story]
  • The overnight popularity of Alex from Target demonstrates the cultural power, rather than the hysteria, of teenaged girls. [(Daily Dot]
  • Rebecca Solnit argues for more Louis CKs and Chris Kluwes in feminism. [Salon]
  • For laughs, check out this 1915 satirical pamphlet on the case against male suffrage. [Atlantic]

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Krystal Cantu Rocks At CrossFit Even After Losing Her Arm

What's Your Excuse?

Krystal Cantu, a 25-year-old Texan and member of Ballistic CrossFit, was just a few days away from participating in a competition last summer when she and her boyfriend got into a car accident that forced her to amputate her right arm. Up until that day, CrossFit had been Krystal’s outlet for de-stressing and building confidence, and she wasn’t about to give up such a big lifeline. Only one month after the accident, Krystal was back to CrossFit and working with a coach. Three months later, she was competing in the Working Wounded Games. Now, she can lift heavier weights than she did before her accident and looks forward to competing as an Adaptive CrossFit Athlete. She’s also inspired countless fans to drop the excuses and work towards their goals.

She told Refinery 29, “I went back because I didn’t die … and my pride and competitive nature didn’t die, either. I’m a human, I’m scared of a lot of things — lightning storms, the world ending, and flying in planes — but, I’ve never been scared to go after something I love.”

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Awesome New Diesel Ads Feature Model In Wheelchair

Diesel Ad Features Fashion Blogger In Wheelchair

See that gorgeous lady starring in one of the new spring/summer Diesel ads? That’s a New York fashion blogger named Jillian Mercado. She’s been a fixture in the fashion industry for years, graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, working at magazines like Allure, and never letting her muscular dystrophy — or the wheelchair it requires her to use — slow her down. When Diesel artistic director Nicola Formichetti was casting for the brand’s new campaign, which is focused on community and connection, Mercado’s bold style and attitude was a perfect fit, and the response to her ads has been great. “You don’t have to be a conventional model type to represent a brand,” Formichetti told Women’s Wear Daily. I love that companies are finally, finally starting to get this. [Jezebel]

Watch This: Mannequins Modeled After People With Disabilities Challenge Fashion Industry’s Definition of “The Perfect Body”

Mannequins Modeled After People With Disabilities
"It is special to see yourself like this."

The traditional body shape of store mannequins is so restrictive and unchanging that a Swedish store’s decision to display a curvy mannequin was enough to cause an uproar. It’s rare enough for people with “average” bodies to see themselves represented in the fashion industry, but for people with disabilities, the chances of seeing a body that looks like theirs when they walk past a department store window hover somewhere around zero. To increase visibility and confront these exclusionary body standards, an advocacy group called Pro Infirmis hired an artist to create mannequins based on the exact measurements of people with physical disabilities, which were then displayed in a Zurich store window. The results were captured in this beautiful four-minute video. Here’s hoping the fashion industry takes the message to heart, because diversity — in any form — is always a good thing. [Huffington Post]

Pittsburgh Mom Creates Dolls For Children With Down Syndrome

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Meet Ryan, a 6-year-old model with Down syndrome. Read More »
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Connie Feda wanted to create an educational, engaging, and relatable doll for her 13-year-old daughter Hannah, who has Down syndrome. With the goal of capturing “the beauty, vivaciousness and spunk of kids with Down Syndrome,” Connie created Ellie, a doll with Hannah’s almond-shaped eyes and button nose. She soon realized that other kids could benefit from a doll that looked more like them, so she created Dolls For Downs, a new line of dolls for children with Down syndrome. Keep reading »

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