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Who Says Disability Devices Can’t Be Cool?

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Six  years ago, my 90-year-old mother-in-law was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and given just a few months to live. Now it’s 2018, and she’s going to Tai Chi and line dancing classes.

Now if she would only wear her hearing aides…!

I could not help but think of her when I read the attached piece in the New York Times. It highlights an exhibit in the Smithsonian Design Museum that features products that are designed for people with disabilities. These are familiar products: prosethics, canes, shoes, etc. But instead of the usual clunkiness of such devices, they are cool and stylish.

And why not? As the article points out, there’s no reason why disability devices can’t also be hip and fashionable. And check out those hearing aids!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/24/arts/design/cooper-hewitt-access-ability.html?ribbon-ad-idx=4&rref=arts/design&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Art%20%26%20Design&pgtype=article

 

 

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