News: International Women's Day 2023 - 10 Inclusive Individuals
#EmbraceEquity is this year’s theme for International Women’s Day, to get the world talking about Why equal opportunities aren’t enough. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. We’re taking this moment to highlight and thank ten individuals we’ve worked with to champion inclusion and drive conversations for a better designed world.
1. You - the Eone community
Our biggest thanks goes to you –our Eone community members– for continuing to support us, sharing your stories, and inspiring us to incessantly improve our product over this past decade. And with all the feedback, suggestions, and stories, we hope to continue designing beautiful products that everyone–sighted or blind–can use and enjoy.
2. Sara and Rooney Mae
We’ve always felt honored to have Brad Snyder as our Eone brand Ambassador. Brad was a naval officer who was blinded in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. He then stunned the world, achieving unparalleled success at three consecutive Paralympics, in swimming and more recently, triathlon. But alongside him every step of the way was Sara, and from here on out – Baby Rooney. Click here to read their story.
3. Ming Wu
Somewhere between being: a mother, speaker, blogger, board member of VLANJ, and avid tea drinker–Ming also finds time to weave together the myriad of Community Spotlights, News, design updates that make up the InTouch blog. Thank you Ming, and whichever tea company provides the fuel behind your word artistry. Click here to learn more about Ming.
4. Mallory Weggemann
Behind every amazing video you’ve seen from Eone in the past two years, is Jay Snyder (TFA Group). And right by his side is the immovable life force that is Mallory; 5x Paralympic medalist, speaker, author, TFA Co-Founder, and most importantly “soon-to-be mama”. We wish her and Jay all the best on the home stretch of their incredible IVF journey. Click here to read Jay and Mallory’s story.
5. Pinar Guvenc and SOUR
As we look ahead at the future of Eone and inclusive design; redesigning an award-winning product is no easy feat. Which is why we’re so thankful for individuals like Pinar and her amazing team at Sour; a creative studio that embraces the discomfort in designing inclusively– for everyone, by including everyone. Click here to learn about design thinking.
6. Sharon Delaney McCloud
For Sharon, accessibility is non-negotiable, but in talking about modern communication, she also highlighted the importance of the words we choose. Good communication must be accessible, and accessibility requires good communication. When these two elements work seamlessly together, that’s when we can really make an impact, or in Sharon’s words, ‘move hearts and minds’. Click here to read Sharon’s story.
7. Lizzi Smith
After working together for International Women’s Day 2021, Lizzie Smith demonstrated how she puts on a watch and inspired us to go back to the drawing board. Lizzie is a 3x medalist Paralympic swimmer for Team USA; born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, and she has only one hand – “living life limb-itlessly” as she puts it! Click here to see our WIP strap development.
8. Becca Meyers
When we met Becca for International Women’s Day 2021, she was 26 and had already won 6 Paralympic medals and set multiple world records. Born with Usher’s Syndrome and labeled incompetent, dumb, and even one time a blind mute. Becca has stuck it to society and continues to champion inclusion and diversity. Click here to hear from Becca.
9. Bri Scalesse
Bri Scalesse found her passion for fashion through unwanted attention from her wheelchair. Sheldon Nguyen vowed he would forever dress to impress, after garnering attention from a school crush. They found love over their interests in writing, fashion, and photography. Together, they are challenging the status quo of the fashion industry, as both role models, and 'roll models'. Click here to watch their interview.
10. Christine Ha
Christine’s story of how she lost her vision and went on to win MasterChef and achieve all that she has, inspires us. Eone was founded years ago to solve a problem for a friend who was blind. The problem wasn’t their blindness, but the fact that the world is built for people who can see. Christine demonstrates what can be achieved despite that being the case. She reinforces why women of all abilities and backgrounds should be supported and supportive, and what’s possible when women are encouraged to believe in themselves and in others. Click here to listen to Christine on honoring disability.
Last but not least, thank you Oliver Perretta for the stunning concept visuals for this year’s International Women’s Day.