I’ll Hold Your Cane If You’ll Hold My AT-AT

An older fan couple cosplay Han Solo and Princess Leia at the 2015 Emerald City Comic Con:

Photo by Fanpup101 on Twitter. The walker with an AT-AT sign is the best!

Because also fictional characters get old, and because when we non-fictional characters getting old, it doesn’t mean we lose our sense of humor!

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Designing Tech at 90

At 90, Barbara Beskind, after a career in the military and years of design work from toys to inflatable devices that help children with balance issues, is still going strong – and designing away. Ms. Beskind is currently working on solutions that improve the quality of life for older adults.

Barbara Beskind. Photo: Nicolas Zurcher, courtesy of IDEO; found via NPR.

Photo: Nicolas Zurcher, courtesy of IDEO; found via NPR.

For Ms. Beskind, being a designer is a boon because “[i]t makes aging more tolerable, more enjoyable… I enjoy the age I’m in. I think it’s one of the best chapters of my life,” says she in an NPR interview by Laura Sydell.

Kudos!

 

Autism and Photography

To document the often bizarre and incomprehensible world of his son, photographer Timothy Archibald has been photographing his autistic son Elijah from age 5. It started with taking photos of the repetitive behaviors or rituals that Elijah exhibited. Then it turned into something more:

“When Archibald showed him a photo of one of his behaviors, Elijah suggested doing it in another way or another place. Both father and son were very interested in the process through which they could get a good photo. ‘We had this mutual sense of discovery,’ Archibald says.”

Elijah has in time become a more active participant, helping to brainstorm and set up the photoshoots. Mr. Archibald named the project Echolilia. These photograph sessions sound transformative for them, because through them

“…father and son create their own visual language, thanks to which they can communicate with each other even when there are no words they both can understand. In fact, Elijah receives positive attention for his rituals, can share something with his dad, and has even started to take his own photos.”

Autism Photos Timothy Archibald

Timothy Archibald.

Autism Photo2 Timothy Archibald

Timothy Archibald.

More Echolilia photos on Mr. Archibald’s website. Reporting via SNAP and Lomography.

Because communication matters. Because making a connection with other people matters.

Temporary Tattoos for a Win

Tattooist Jason Ward has been applying temporary tattoos for a client every week for a few months. His client has Down syndrome.

Tattoo Artist Ward New Zealand Herald

Via The New Zealand Herald.

Mr. Ward explains:

“It started out as something quite funny though, I mean, who does that? Who walks into a tattoo shop to get stick on tattoos? But if she was a member of my family and she had have walked into another tattoo shop and they had told her to bugger off, I’d be angry. Why would you say no? You should treat everybody the same.”

Found via The New Zealand Herald.

Because empathy matters!

Ramping It Up

Beautiful and functional accessibility from Belgium:

Found via Proferssor Robert Harris on Twitter.

Because access matters, and providing access in an aesthetically pleasing way is a very nice bonus.

Wheelchairs and Amputees in Pop Culture: Disney Princess Version

Italian artist Alexsandro Palombo created a series of Disney princesses in wheelchairs or with missing limbs to speak out about the lack of amputees and disabled characters in pop culture.

Cinderella in Wheelchair by Alexsandro Palombo

Alexsandro Palombo, via NYDailyNews.com

Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability, says in the NY Daily News article:

“So when you portray popular iconic figures, like Disney princesses, without any of them having disabilities, you’re cutting out 20% of the population.”

According to Glazer, including characters with disabilities is vital because

“[a]ll you’re saying is that there’s a broad range of people in this world. And that’s an important message.”
(Read more on NY Daily News.)
Because the broad range of people in this world of ours is the most important message.