“Having a great self-confidence day so here’s my new profile pic” ~Jade Ramos
The above caption along with her powerful artwork is what captivated me about Jade Ramos. The beauty of her words spoke to the authenticity of her selfie, no air-brushing just a confident young woman.
Jade, who refers to herself as ‘a legally blind one-eyed artist,’ is also an extraordinary activist. I was so moved by several of Jade’s pieces I requested permission to share them here with you today. Descriptions on each of these pieces are below.
When I asked Jade for a quote to go with this post she chose a favorite from Christopher Reeve. After becoming disabled later in life Christopher had this to say:
“I refuse to allow a disability to determine how I live my life. There is only one way to go in life and that is forward.” ~Christopher Reeve
Jade frequently thinks of this quote when things get tough or she gets bad news related to her eyesight. As a matter of fact, if you look closely at image #2 you’ll see this quote.
“Your words, attitudes, and actions impacts my life more than my disability does.
“Disability is just another way for a mind and/or body to be.”
“Make The American Dream Accessible”
“The Disability Is Not The Problem The Lack of Accessibility Is”
Blind Beauty Issue 35 Featured Image Description:
Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Jade’s cover photo is a black and white selfie of her proudly showing off her clear prosthetic right eye. She is wearing a black jacket over a black v-neck top with several stacked necklaces and has a thin lip ring in the center of her bottom lip.
Jade’s Art Image Descriptions:
Image #1 Disability related motifs – Assorted black disability icons on a white background. Explained by Jade: “People with disabilities are rarely seen in a positive light when it comes to representation in the media & in everyday life. So I made them have smiles. The original symbol only shows one type of white cane & one type of wheelchair user so I made new images depicting the actual reality.” While these particular images represent visual impairments, Jade will be including other disabilities as she expands.
Image #2 A big wheelchair icon is front and center along with quoted text including the Christopher Reeve quote. The text and several smaller icons are interspersed throughout the piece, some are black and some gray. The quotes are included in this post.
Image #3 This is a photo of several pieces including the disability icons and abstract art. What caught my attention are the number of statements (some quoted throughout this post).
Image #4 This tactile piece is the first time Jade has incorporated braille into her work. It reads “Disability! The one minority group everyone can join. Accessibility matters!”
I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Can you believe how quickly this summer is progressing? It seems like yesterday we were in May and now, well we’re more than half way through the year.
Even though the days are moving rather swiftly I for one am having a blast. Last week I met with a good friend of mine at the new theater in my childhood hometown, Sewickley, and what a great experience I had.
The Tull Family Theater is such a well-designed facility whose organizers went above and beyond ADA requirements where accessibility is concerned. The management team knew I was coming ahead of time and was anxious for my feedback on their audio descriptive equipment which I use to watch movies.
On entering the building, I was immediately struck by the wide open airy feeling of the space. The facility was bright, very clean, and uncluttered which is an important detail when you can’t see very well.
A tour of the building allowed me to experience firsthand the welcoming environment of the wheelchair accessible hallways, ramps, grab-bars, and general area to navigate. The front of the building which contains the roomy lobby area and a concession stand is brightened up by the glass entryway, high ceiling, and soothing gray with purple accent walls.
The two film screening rooms are very comfortable and share the same gray/purple color scheme throughout the rest of the building. There is also the large Esmark and Bouchard Family Community Room which is available for rental for various events.
At my son’s recommendation, I chose to watch Despicable Me 3. While the audio description was alright the fact that I didn’t see the other two movies first made it difficult for me to fully enjoy the film. Not to be deterred, me and one of my friends will be going to the theater this weekend to take in a different film.
Overall I had a very good day and what made it even more special, aside from meeting with my friend, was the interest and care provided by the management team. Every person I met wanted to know what they could do to improve their service and offerings from an accessibility standpoint.
What I wore: white jeans, white cami, opened white shirt, nude lace-up block heeled sandals, silver statement necklace, bracelet, earrings and my white cane.
Descriptions: Three tri-panel collages
Outside front of the theater with 3 banners (Film, The Tull Family Theater, and Art), inside lobby and screening room featuring seats, speakers on the wall and other equipment.
Concession stand (front) with hanging light fixtures, popcorn & soda machines and candy; concession stand (side); screening room featuring the screen.
I am standing in all three photos, posing with my white cane in front of my counter.
“We are all human.” This simple statement sums up one of the nicest messages I’ve received. Ellen, the author of this post wanted to provide a more accessible environment on her blog and after a number of failed attempts, successfully added an audio version of her story. This is such a powerfully written story when you have a moment enjoy!!
Image: White vase sitting atop a green & white checkered print table cloth. The vase is holding assorted slightly fading and drooping flowers, among them are pink roses.