Disability inclusivity has taken a big step further forward this month (January), thanks to the owners of bridal boutique The White Collection, based in Portishead, which has just featured a mannequin dolled up in a wedding dress but sat in a wheelchair in its shop front window.
The window display was spotted by 36-year-old Beth Wilson, who shared a photo of it on Twitter and told Cosmopolitan that this is the first time she’s seen a wheelchair used in such a way in a bricks and mortar store before.
Ms Wilson, who is disabled herself, went on to say: “So often disabled people feel invisible because we don’t see ourselves in the media much, and especially not modelling beautiful clothes. The reaction on Twitter has shown that it means a lot to other people, too.”
She heaped further praise on the bridal shop, saying that it was “great” how they chose to decorate the chair instead of trying to hide it, adding that mobility aids are often looked at as negative but they actually give the people who use them freedom.
NHS statistics show that there are about 1.2 million wheelchair users here in the UK, with two-thirds of these regular users… so it’s great to see businesses being more inclusive and letting this demographic know that they are noticed and are being heard. The more this can happen, the better, we here at Beactive Mobility say!
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