Today’s Solutions: June 07, 2023

The world is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of accessibility and inclusion in all aspects of life, and the fashion industry is no exception. In a groundbreaking move, British Vogue released its first-ever braille edition and an audio format of the May issue to ensure greater accessibility for the blind and partially sighted.

Braille Edition expands access for the blind and partially sighted

This significant effort towards diversity and inclusivity is a promising indication of the industry’s commitment to making fashion and media accessible to all.

The editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful, expressed his excitement at the braille edition’s release, saying, “The Vogue team and I are delighted by the response to the May issue, but what the process of making it taught us is that what’s most important are tangible and lasting changes.” Vogue and the fashion and publishing industries still have a lot of work to do, but seeing these first braille editions arrive today makes me extremely thrilled.”

Reframing fashion in relation to disability accessibility, justice, and pride

The theme of the May issue of British Vogue, “Reframing Fashion,” is dedicated to disability justice, accessibility, and pride. The issue, created in conjunction with Tilting the Lens, an accessibility and inclusion consulting firm, showcases 19 disabled people from fashion, athletics, activism, and the arts. Each of the five covers features a renowned disability campaigner or activist, such as actor Selma Blair and consultant editor Sinéad Burke.

In an industry that has frequently ignored people with disabilities, the magazine’s focus on disability justice is a powerful statement. The issue emphasizes the significance of building a more inclusive and diversified society in which everyone has a chance to participate and achieve. British Vogue is defying outmoded prejudices and paving the path for a more inclusive future by including disabled individuals in the fashion world.

Enninful spoke honestly about his personal struggles with an invisible impairment in an interview with The Guardian. “I’ve had five retinal detachments, I’m partially blind and my hearing is less than 50 percent – I’m wearing hearing aids now,” he revealed, adding that It’s never stopped him, but that he recognizes that “there are so many people with invisible disabilities who never talk about it because it might hinder them.”

He goes on to say: “We always talk about diversity and inclusivity, but that also has to extend to our disabled brothers and sisters.” 

British Vogue is leading the charge toward a more inclusive future with the debut of its braille edition and focus on disability rights. Hopefully, this will spur others in the fashion industry to champion the cause, too.

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