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The Disabled Entrepreneur

The founder of a talent agency that represents D/deaf and Disabled artists, shares her career journey.

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Welcome Home

Tips for Accessible Travel

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_INCLUSIVE language

the power of language

In a constantly evolving world, choosing the right words to describe disability may feel intimidating. Kaycee Marshall interviews leaders in the community to show us how powerful the language used to describe disability really is.

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_JUNIPER employment

Disability + Employment

Best friends Rebecca and Olivia on
the workforce, barriers to employment,
disabled people as leaders and more.

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_THIS month

_TRAILBLAZER
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Mama Cax

It’s less than a year since the community lost one of its brightest lights – amputee model and disability activist Mama Cax. Seen on the runway, the cover of Teen Vogue and modeling for the likes of Tommy Hilfiger, asos and Olay, she described her career as an act of selflove and body positivity. A fashion force and trailblazer, she was a champion of inclusive beauty.

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_VETERANS DAY
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Wounded Warriors Find New Strength

More than 600,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have been left partially or totally disabled from physical or psychological wounds received during their service. Since 2010, the annual Department of Defense Warrior Games aim to support the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded warriors and expose them to adaptive sports. Time Magazine celebrates some of the warriors.

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_INSTAGRAM we LOVE

Bold and striking, there’s
something otherworldly and
poetic about photographer
Ngoc Minh Ngo’s work.
A childhood spent seaside
in Vietnam infuses her
images with a sense of awe
and wonder towards the
many moods of nature. In
today’s chaotic world, there’s
something very soothing
about watching her exquisite
flowers fill up our feed.

_CONTRIBUTORS

Denise Brodey
Denise Brodey is a learning disability advocate and senior contributor at Forbes.com who writes about mental health in the workplace.... read more

Denise Brodey is a learning disability advocate and senior contributor at Forbes.com who writes about mental health in the workplace. She is the founder of REBEL TALENT, an organization that helps all kinds of minds do their best work. Follow her on Twitter @dbrodey

Kaycee Marshall
Kaycee Marshall is a recent Kent State University graduate. As a fashion designer with a disability, her goal is to... read more

Kaycee Marshall is a recent Kent State University graduate. As a fashion designer with a disability, her goal is to increase understanding through diversity and representation within the fashion industry. She believes clothing should be empowering, give independence, and build confidence for women of all abilities, sizes, and shapes.

Maureen Dempsey
Maureen Dempsey is a NYC-based lifestyle writer and editor who has held positions at InStyle, Marie Claire, Vogue, and more.... read more

Maureen Dempsey is a NYC-based lifestyle writer and editor who has held positions at InStyle, Marie Claire, Vogue, and more. She spends most of her time raising two city kids and trying to keep her house plants alive.

Alexandra Kirkman
Alexandra Kirkman’s journalism career began as an international reporter for Forbes, where she traversed the globe covering everything from the... read more

Alexandra Kirkman’s journalism career began as an international reporter for Forbes, where she traversed the globe covering everything from the world’s best hoteliers to solo exploring on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. A Philadelphia native and University of Virginia graduate, she has also written for Fortune, Condé Nast Traveler, The Huffington Post, Self, Global Traveler and more. When she’s not writing she’s usually dreaming of Italy and planning her next trip there.

Jordan Davidson
Jordan Davidson is a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in Vice, The Wall Street Journal, Everyday Health,... read more

Jordan Davidson is a freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in Vice, The Wall Street Journal, Everyday Health, Psychology Today, Prevention, Science Friday, Men’s Health, among other publications. He’s lived in Bali, worked on farms in Australia and New Zealand, and now lives in rural upstate New York.

Katouche Goll
Singer and content creator Katouche is passionate about fostering a productive dialogue about the intersection of Black and disabled identities.... read more
Singer and content creator Katouche is passionate about fostering a productive dialogue about the intersection of Black and disabled identities. A recent first-class grad in BA History, Katouche enjoys sharing the knowledge of her degree through her advocacy for Black disabled young people. Featured on platforms such as Buzzfeed (2016), Kandaka (2017), BBC Radio 1Xtra (2018), TABOU Magazine and BlackBallad (2020). Katouche is also a makeup enthusiast who creates online content to promote diversity in beauty and highlight issues of inclusion.
Heather Bailey
Heather Bailey, CNC is a certified nutritional consultant and natural chef focused on helping clients discover which foods are best... read more

Heather Bailey, CNC is a certified nutritional consultant and natural chef focused on helping clients discover which foods are best for them and then teaching them how to shop for those foods and prepare easy, affordable restaurant-quality meals. Her focus is on whole, natural and when possible organic foods that come from sustainable and ethical sources. theoptimalkitchen.com

Dr. Lauren Powell
Dr. Lauren W. Powell, MD, “The Culinary Doctor,” is a board-certified family medicine physician on a mission to end generational... read more

Dr. Lauren W. Powell, MD, “The Culinary Doctor,” is a board-certified family medicine physician on a mission to end generational health issues in the African-American community. She makes healthy eating accessible and enjoyable for all through her social media quick tips, Cooking Queen recipe subscription, and debut book, Food Essentials for the Busy Professional. Dr. Lauren travels the U.S. speaking to diverse audiences about disease prevention and the healing properties in food. drlaurenpowell.com

Kevin Woodard
Kevin Woodard is a New York City based Interior Designer and Stylist with over 20 years experience in the modern... read more
Kevin Woodard is a New York City based Interior Designer and Stylist with over 20 years experience in the modern design and furniture world, including managing brand representation for B&B Italia for many years and currently as NYC General Manager for Italian lifestyle brand Poliform. His motto is “A life in pursuit of superfluous pretty things & goodbread!”
Nina Tame
Nina Tame is a disability activist, writer and mentor who lives in the UK with her husband and four children.... read more

Nina Tame is a disability activist, writer and mentor who lives in the UK with her husband and four children. She’s passionate about social justice, savory snacks and kitchen discos with her kids.

Grace Stratton
In 2019, at the age of twenty-two, Grace Stratton created All is for All with co-founder Angela Bevan, an accessible... read more

In 2019, at the age of twenty-two, Grace Stratton created All is for All with co-founder Angela Bevan, an accessible social change agency. Alongside Jacinda Ardern, Grace is the only other New Zealander to be featured in InStyle magazine’s annual Badass 50 list for 2019. At the helm of an enterprise with a global action plan, Grace believes in accessibility for all facets of modern life. She is part of Team JUNIPERunltd as an editor-at-large and talent scout.

Lucy Richardson
Lucy is an Australian living in New York City, who has been a wheelchair user for four years due to... read more
Lucy is an Australian living in New York City, who has been a wheelchair user for four years due to a rare type of motor neuron disease. She enjoys makeup, cute dogs, and glittery accessories. Lucy is the founder of Wheel New Yorkers, an initiative that showcases wheelchair users in NYC who are smashing stereotypes and pushing change
Maura Horton
Maura Horton, Chief Community Officer for JUNIPERunltd, is known as the Care Coach, a voice of guidance and experience for... read more

Maura Horton, Chief Community Officer for JUNIPERunltd, is known as the Care Coach, a voice of guidance and experience for caregivers and their families. While caring for her husband during his decade-long battle with early onset Parkinson’s disease, Maura invented a patented magnetic closure system for clothing and launched MagnaReady®, the world’s first magnetic shirt. She continues working to develop holistically inclusive designs that span tech, wellness, home, beauty, style and more.

Jake April
Jake, 24, was born with cerebral palsy and is a firstyear graduate student at Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at... read more
Jake, 24, was born with cerebral palsy and is a firstyear graduate student at Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University, where he is hoping to obtain his degree in Sports Journalism. After school he plans to use his degree to inspire and motivate people through the power of sport!
Olivia Shivas
Olivia Shivas is a journalist, model and content creator based in New Zealand. She was among the first disabled people... read more
Olivia Shivas is a journalist, model and content creator based in New Zealand. She was among the first disabled people to model in New Zealand Fashion Week shows. Olivia is passionate about ensuring media supports the advancement and inclusion of disabled people. She is also a keen baker, knitter, fashion fan and a valued member of the All is for All team – a consultancy and media company which has partnered with JUNIPER.
Niege Borges
Niege Borges is a Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. With a bold and colorful approach... read more
Niege Borges is a Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York. With a bold and colorful approach that combines graphic design and illustration whenever possible, her favorite subjects are fashion, women and nature. Her clients include Instagram, IBM, Visa, Canon, Getty Images, Refinery29 and Twitter.
Rebecca Dubber
Rebecca Dubber is Paralympian, model, brand ambassador, content creator and disability advocate. Rebecca believes in moving beyond representation, to ensure... read more
Rebecca Dubber is Paralympian, model, brand ambassador, content creator and disability advocate. Rebecca believes in moving beyond representation, to ensure that disabled people have a meaningful role in all facets of life. As a trained make-up artist, Rebecca’s passionate about ensuring beauty is accessible, she’s also a lover of fashion and a successful model with All if for All
Lainie Ishbia
Lainie Ishbia, MSW is a mom, wife, blogger, disability empowerment speaker, and fashionista. Lainie wears leg braces and struggles with... read more
Lainie Ishbia, MSW is a mom, wife, blogger, disability empowerment speaker, and fashionista. Lainie wears leg braces and struggles with buttons and everyday fine motor tasks, due to a slowly progressive neuromuscular disorder called CharcotMarie-Tooth Disorder. Lainie is passionate about helping people with disabilities to look & feel their best. She created a lifestyle and fashion blog called Trend-Able (trend-able. com), to give her Perfectly Imperfect followers tools, ideas, and inspiration for living their best lives
Dana Humphrey
Dana Humphrey is a respected life coach, mentor and teacher. She has also been running a successful PR company for... read more
Dana Humphrey is a respected life coach, mentor and teacher. She has also been running a successful PR company for pet product manufacturers for 12 years and was a guest on TV stations across the country from NBC to CBS to ABC to Fox as “The Pet Lady”. She received her BS from San Diego State University in Public Relations and Political Science. After moving to New York City she has been a professor of Social Media Marketing at Baruch College and facilitator and adjunct professor of the Pet Product Marketing Program at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)
Lauren Parker
Lauren Parker is a NYC-based writer, editor, content creator and the founder of Lauren Parker Creative Media. Having covered fashion,... read more
Lauren Parker is a NYC-based writer, editor, content creator and the founder of Lauren Parker Creative Media. Having covered fashion, accessories, retail, art and lifestyle for over 25 years, she’s written for The New York Times, Washington Post, Accessories Magazine (where she was formerly Editor-inChief), Accessories Council, FootwearPlus, The Girlfriend, Wine Press, Northforker, New York Observer, among many others. She received a B.S. in Communications from Cornell University and loves helping emerging businesses tell their stories. See more of her work at www.laurenparkercreative.com
Garrison Redd
Garrison Redd is a TEDx Speaker, Team USA Para Powerlifter, model, and dancer from Brooklyn, New York. Most of all,... read more
Garrison Redd is a TEDx Speaker, Team USA Para Powerlifter, model, and dancer from Brooklyn, New York. Most of all, he is an advocate for disabled rights. He founded an organization called “TheGarrisonReddProject” with an essential goal of bettering the well-being of disabled individuals through a variety of methods. He provides resources and services, including advice, motivation, inspiration, health, and other areas in order to improve the quality of living for disabled individuals.
Danielle Marx
Danielle Marx is a Youtuber, model, and artist born with Spina Bifida, causing her to be paralyzed from the waist... read more
Danielle Marx is a Youtuber, model, and artist born with Spina Bifida, causing her to be paralyzed from the waist down and to use a wheelchair. Instead of letting this define her, she has let it fuel her inner strength, passion, and creativity, enjoying things such as dancing, swimming, surfing, and downhill monoskiing. Her YouTube channel, Daniellability, focuses on what life is like with a disability because she is extremely passionate about raising awareness and opening up conversations surrounding disabilities.
Sinéad Burke
Sinéad Burke is a teacher, writer and advocate. Sinéad works towards accelerating systemic change within the domains of diversity, education,... read more
Sinéad Burke is a teacher, writer and advocate. Sinéad works towards accelerating systemic change within the domains of diversity, education, inclusion, design and disability. She consults within the fashion and design industries to ensure that spaces and products are accessible to all.
Ashton Applewhite
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is a leading spokesperson for the movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of... read more

Author and activist Ashton Applewhite is a leading spokesperson for the movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age. She has been recognized by The New York Times, the New Yorker, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, speaks widely at venues including the United Nations and TED mainstage, has written for Harper’s, the Guardian, and the New York Times, is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist?, and the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.

Jessica Hayon
Jessica Hayon is a manual wheelchair user who lives and works in New York City. She is a fabric R&D... read more

Jessica Hayon is a manual wheelchair user who lives and works in New York City. She is a fabric R&D professional in the fashion industry, who has worked for several large apparel companies. Being in the industry, she has had the opportunity to collaborate and give feedback on emerging adaptive collections. Fashion and textiles are truly her passion! But, in any spare time, she enjoys handcycling and has participated in several marathons. 

Glenn Moscoso
Glenn Moscoso is an Atlanta-based wheelchair lifestyle and parenting blogger. Founder of Wheelchair Daddy, a blog about fatherhood from a... read more

Glenn Moscoso is an Atlanta-based wheelchair lifestyle and parenting blogger. Founder of Wheelchair Daddy, a blog about fatherhood from a wheelchair and a resource for hacks for daily-living. He spends most of his time on the baseball diamond helping coach his son’s baseball team.

Gabrielle Porcaro
Gabrielle Porcaro is a New York City-based freelance fashion editor, writer, and stylist with 17 years of editorial experience at... read more

Gabrielle Porcaro is a New York City-based freelance fashion editor, writer, and stylist with 17 years of editorial experience at magazines including Women’s Health, Cosmopolitan, and Better Homes and Gardens, as well as sites like Shape, Well + Good, and Furthermore. Her interests include working out, being outdoors, binging TV, and long walks on the beach.

Re Torres
Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis five years ago, Re Torres is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. A caregiver to her... read more


Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis five years ago, Re Torres is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. A caregiver to her 92-year old mom, she loves to entertain, play poker, travel and work out.

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