Pradeep Sharma FLYEASE
The Inclusive Fashion & Design Collective (IFDC) debuted Thursday, September 15, at The White House, as part of their #DesignForAll initiative. The event aimed to “highlight the ways that assistive technology breaks down barriers, reduces stigma, and improves the quality of life for Americans with disabilities.” The occasion also showcased “innovative manufacturing, programs, and policies occurring at the local level.”
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Members and supporters of the Inclusive Fashion & Design Collective created an energetic live audience, while many others joined remotely through live-stream. Pradeep Sharma, IFDC board member and Provost of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), moderated a panel discussion that included Tobie Hatfield, Nike Chief Innovation Officer and designer of the Nike FLYEASE shoe, and Kathy D. Woods, fashion designer for adult little people.
We would like to thank our friends at IMG, TED, RISD, and the National Council on Disability for advocating for and attending our debut. The support of these organizations at the White House validates the importance of the IFDC—the necessity of inclusive design for the customer, the designer, and most importantly, the economy.