Thumbs up…to ASOS, a UK fashion retailer who received praise for simply showing an earring worn by model, Natasha Ghouri, who just happened to be wearing her cochlear implant.
Thumbs up…to Toronto Raptors’ forward, Pascal Siakam’s “PS43 Foundation Canada,” which made a $100,000 donation to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, ON to provide opportunities to children and youth with disabilities, no matter the barriers they face.
Thumbs down…to fans of actor Jonah Hill, who have commented on his body. Superbad and Wolf of Wall Street star. The Oscar-winner, who has been vocal in the past about struggles with weight and body image, asked his 3.1 million instagram followers to stop, saying comments make him feel uncomfortable. The body-positivity champion received an outpouring of support online.
Thumbs up…to the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) for emphasizing participation that focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion from people within Indigenous, Black, racialized, LGBTQ2+ and disability communities. The NFB will shift its inner workings, operation teams and make changes to their organizational culture and recruitment.
Thumbs up…to Disney for its updated protocols which include allowing individuals to arrange accommodations from two and 30 days in advance of their trip to the park via a live video chat with a cast member. (Disney last altered its policies in 2013.)
Thumbs up…to Barilla and Be My Eyes for joining forces to help blind and low-vision home cooks learn how to prepare and find new recipes.
Thumbs down…to the Paralympic Games Committee for denying paralympic gold medalist Becca Meyers an aide. Meyers, who is a deaf-blind, was told there would be one staff assistant for her and 33 other Paralympic swimmers, nine of whom are visually impaired.
Thumbs up…to JCPenney for its new line Thereabouts, designed to be an “inclusive line of kids apparel that celebrates diversity of shapes, sizes, styles and abilities.”
Thumbs down…to Margaret Atwood whose recent tweets on use of the word “woman” have been called out for showing lack of respect for trans people.
Thumbs up…to eighteen-year-old high school student Avery Sanford who turned a hurtful situation into good after her estranged father emptied a trailer of 80,000 pennies onto the front lawn as “child support payment.” Avery decided to donate coins to a domestic abuse shelter and the resulting media story created a flood of additional donations to the shelter.
Thumbs up…to BC Parks for expanding accessibility through new projects in campgrounds, day-use areas, play-grounds and a new welcome sign that conveys the principle that nature is for all.