Photo description: Photo of a woman in a wheelchair smiling and wearing a blue/brown top. The photo is framed in a gold/purple gradient circle. The background is lavender. There is a CFILC logo at the top left corner and a Puffin Innovations logo in the top right corner. The caption reads, "Adriana Mallozzi" in gold cursive on a dark purple bar, "Founder/CEO, Puffin Innovations” in purple print on a gold bar. #HERstory #DisabledandPowerful

The Future is Female… and Accessible.

By: Kyla Aquino Irving- Communications and Marketing Manager, CFILC   Adriana Mallozzi, CEO and Founder of Boston area-based Puffin Innovations, is on a mission to empower people with disabilities by providing innovative assistive technology (AT) devices. Adriana grew up with a disability at a young age and was exposed to AT by an occupational therapist…

A gray wall with a wooden table and small bonsai plant. A hand is holding up a pink Keela Cup. It is shaped like an inverted bell with a long pullstring on the bottom. The text reads 'The Keela Cup Designed by a woman for all women". Th Ability Tools logo is on the bottom left.

The Keela Cup- A Menstrual Cup Designed For Everyone

For those who are unfamiliar, a menstrual cup is a feminine hygiene product that can be used in place of pads and tampons. Instead of absorbing fluid, a menstrual cup collects it and can then be emptied. Menstrual cups are usually made with medical-grade silicone and can be washed and reused for many years, making…

olli bus self drives through a campus with people sitting inside

Meet Olli! A self driving bus that speaks sign language & provides other accommodations

A new self driving bus, named Olli, is in the works that does a lot more than taking people places. An accessible version of the bus, called “Accessible Olli” will be using IBM’s artificial intelligence powered Watson technology to communicate with passengers since there will be no driver or staff on it. For example, when…

Graphic novel/pop art style photo of Stephanie Thomas, a smiling woman with her hair in a top knot, with her hands folded and resting elegantly under her chin. CFILC logo in the top left corner and the header, BLACK HERITAGE MONTH in gold block letters is at the top. Ms. Thomas’ speech bubble reads, “THE CONVERSATION ABOUT DIVERSITY MUST INCLUDE DRESSING WITH DISABILITIES. IT EMPOWERS PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES TO COMPETE FOR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, AND IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR POSITIVE SELF-EFFICACY.” The box below it reads, “STEPHANIE THOMAS: PRESIDENT OF CUR8ABLE AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SPECIALIZING IN DRESSING WITH DISABILITIES. MS. THOMAS IS A CONGENITAL AMPUTEE MISSING DIGITS ON HER RIGHT HAND AND FEET, AND HAS FOLLOWED CLOTHING AND RETAIL TRENDS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES SINCE 1992.” The black stripe below reads #BHM2018 #DisabledAndProud.

Fashion For Every Body

Stephanie Thomas, Disability Fashion Stylist For over 25 years, Stephanie Thomas has researched clothing and retail trends for people with disabilities. What started as a Miss America preliminary pageant platform grew into a hobby, and now two decades later, has morphed into her life’s work. Although there are many adaptive designers around the world (and…