DISABLE STEREOTYPES OF DISABILITIES 2017(#DSOD2017)
DISABLE STEREOTYPES OF DISABILITIES
2017's theme focused on disabling the stereotypes associated with disabilities. Inspired by our founder's experience with grief at the time, we dedicated 2017 to making those with disabilities feel fairly represented, respected and exposed to more opportunities.
Many people are not aware of just how many conditions are seen as disabilities and the way it affects a person's confidence, self esteem and self worth.
Lydia became passionate about this theme after realising a lot of people think you must look or behave a certain way to have a disability which therefore meant a lot of 'normal looking people' suffer in silence. We can't always see disabilities and when we can see them, it doesn't mean people are limited in what they can do or defined by their disability.
We aimed at the end of the year to change society's perceptions of those with disabilities and bridge the gap of misunderstanding/ignorance between the disabled and non disabled communities.
Our inaugural show took place on the 10th of November, 2017 at The Venue @ DMU. Nearly everyone from the models, designers, speakers, host and volunteers had an invisible or visible disability to show that they are just as capable as anyone else to be creative and be show stoppers! Those who took part and weren't disabled had to learn how to work with people they wouldn't normally work with. Both parties learnt how to assimilate and understand each other.
The show was nothing less than a success with over 200 guest, some even travelling down from Coventry and Nottingham to attend!
It was an inspiring night of fantastic designs, gorgeous models, extraordinary performers, inspiring speakers and a heartfelt message from our founder who organised, produced and managed the project. We couldn't have pulled it off without the support of all the participants, organisations, members of the public and institutions who helped make the night a success. For that we want to say a huge THANK YOU!