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The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2002 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) found that there are 51.2 million people with disabilities in the United States. More than one in six people in this country are potential customers for businesses that are accessible to people with disabilities.

A female with a purple top sitting in a wheelchair on the left and males sitting in a wheelchair with a brown suit






Recently, videogames appear to be building more of an awareness toward “ableism” by including a few more options for players with certain disabilities. Improvements can also be attributed to the AbleGamers Charity nonprofit, which is aimed at improving the quality of life for those with disabilities through videogames.

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a young boy with a white and blue shirt sitting on a wooden barrel next to a young boy sitting in a wheelchair with a long sleever white and blue shirt that is open showing a red t shirt







Now, children of all abilities can wear Tommy Hilfiger clothing.  A nonprofit organization called Runway of Dreams worked with the brand to launch an adaptive version of select styles from its children’s line. Mindy Scheier, a fashion designer, founded Runway of Dreams to work with the fashion industry and adapt mainstream clothing for people with different abilities. She started the organization after her son Oliver, 11, who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, asked her to buy him a pair of jeans.

a family of four. On the left a red headed lego female holding a baby bottle. A baby in a stroller, behind the stroller a lego man with black hair with a red top, and on the right a lego person in a wheelchair






After decades of building pirate ships, race cars and haunted castles, Lego has come up with something new: a wheelchair.  The new set appears to show a scene in a park, with figures of children in playground. Lego and other toymakers have been under pressure for some time to introduce toys that reflect real life.

Five people using wheelchairs are preparing to leave for a trip




Kerper, an independent franchise owner for Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel representative, specializes in creating trips for disabled and mature clientele. Her desire to work with people who have special needs is based on her personal experience with illness and being an amputee.  She has seen the travel industry become increasingly accommodating to people with special needs over the years: Cruise ships have become more accessible, shore excursions for disabled people are becoming more popular and various airlines and cruise lines, such as Virgin Airlines and Royal Caribbean International, have even formed disability advisory committees.


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