Angel Dixon is an activist and model who lives with a disability. Angel works on passion projects in the area of universal design and inclusion. She has walked the Los Angeles and Moscow Fashion Week runways for Bezgraniz Couture, a brand that is engaged in the creation of universally designed clothing and has also been featured in mainstream advertising campaigns for Target Australia. Angel is Ambassador and Advocacy Manager for Starting with Julius, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to transform cultural attitudes towards people with disability by promoting disability inclusion in mainstream media, advertising and beyond.
Read Ringo Thomas’ interview with Angel to learn how design and diversity and inclusion come together through Universal Design. Her talk is not centered around her own lived experience of disability, for her it is simply a part of her diversity as a human being:
Talk – Universal Design. Inclusion. Change.
Universal design is defined by The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” Beyond their roots in the built environment, universal design concepts have applications in everything we do. In practising universal design concepts as a mindfulness throughout any creative process you will notice your work, your interactions, even your understanding of your own human experience, transform. This shift in your mindset is the major element that will change the lives of 20 percent of our global population, the disabled community.
- You’ll learn that disability is just another element of diversity and that inclusivity is simple.
- You will be able to think inclusively in your daily lives and creative processes.