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Fashion Accessibility Project

Posted Monday June 19 2017 at 3:12 pm

Woman model

2015 marked the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This milestone sparked a conversation with Epicenter Community members with disabilities that explored what has changed in the past 25 years.  The sentiment was that persons with disabilities remain virtually invisible in society and sense of inclusion is lacking.  Many of the events celebrating 25 years were focused on disability, workforce developments & workplace accessibility.

To flip the script, Epicenter vowed to launch a series celebrating the beauty, humanity and innovative fashion design.  Four amazing designers will design custom and fully functional pieces for models with a range of disabilities to highlight the importance of inclusive and accessible fashion.

Designers Ray Grand of Ray Grand Apparel, Joelle Fontaine of I Am Kreyol, Peda Edouard of Mathmatik Athletics and Jay Calderin of Boston Fashion Week will be designing custom pieces for our amazing models Heather Watkins, Keith Jones, Donald Washington, Cheri Blauwet, Eli Wolff, Laura Ferrone, Marty Harris, Brooks Bard, Jessica Mayer and Hailey Boyan!

Presented by Epicenter Community and Arts Emerson, in partnership with VSA Massachusetts and many others, the fashion show will take place this coming Saturday, June 24, 2017 (doors open at 5pm, show starts at 6pm) in the Emerson Paramount Center Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater.  Reserve your free tickets here.



Step by Step! Dance Classes - Down Syndrome and Autism Sessions

Posted Wednesday March 22 2017 at 3:55 pm

Two boys with teacher

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is expanding its offerings for children with special needs.  This spring, Step by Step will continue its dance program for children on the autism spectrum, while also adding a session for children with Down syndrome.

Step by Step teaches the basics of dance while incorporating social skills and the use of imagination and personal expression. Children dance to live music in a relaxed, fun environment and receive personalized attention from specially trained faculty. Parents or caretakers may stay during class time.

Age Range: 8-14 (If your child is not in the age range but you feel Step by Step is the right fit, please contact Kimberly Haack for approval before registering.)

Down Syndrome Session: Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m., March 25 - May 6, 2017 (7 sessions total)

Autism Session: Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m., March 25 - May 6, 2017 (7 sessions total)

Tuition: $120 per student for six sessions—the first session is free so that you can determine if this is the right fit for your child

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ReelAbilities Film Festival Boston - March 29 - April 6, 2017

Posted Wednesday March 22 2017 at 2:10 pm

ReelAbilities Boston

The sixth annual ReelAbilities - Boston Disabilities Film Festival takes place March 29 - April 6, 2017.  Films include:

Life, Animated - This Oscar-nominated documentary introduces us to Owen Suskind, a young man with autism who, as a child, was unable to speak until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate—immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.  A coming-of-age story, the film follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.  Wednesday, March 29, 2017 – 6:30 pm - Museum of Science Boston, Cahners Theatre.

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