Houston Women with Disabilities Empowerment Fair Coming Soon

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Join women of all abilities for art and empowerment at the Women with Disabilities Empowerment Fair this April. photo credit: Houston Skyline Pano via photopin (license)

The Houston Center for Independent Living, CROWD Center for Research on Women with Disabilities,
and Maria Palacios will host the Women with Disabilities Empowerment Fair on Saturday, April 23 from 12:00 Noon-6:30 p.m. in Houston. Admission is free.

The event highlights women artists with disabilities and offers workshops.

This year’s theme is “Learning From Each Other: The Power Of Peer Support & Collective Empowerment.”

The workshops are:

  • “Sharing The Power”–Women role models with disabilities share their strength, their advocacy, theory journey and their dreams,
  • “The Woman In The Mirror”–a discussion about body image, self esteem, love and relationships,
  • “Awakening Our Inner Child”–a session of fun, laughter and ridiculous activities that make your inner child come out and have fun.

The event has health screenings, art, books, jewelry, crafts, candles, music, door prizes, and more.The event will be held at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center at 1475 West Gray, Houston, Texas 77019.

For more information, to reserve a booth or to volunteer, email empowermentfair@gmail.com .

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Styling Hair for People with Different Abilities

Planning ahead is a strategy that works for people of all abilities, and more so with people who have neurological disorders, wheelchairs, or hearing aids or cochlear implants.

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Hair stylists need different techniques to ensure all their customers get the royal treatment. photo credit: Stylist_Client-3 via photopin (license)

Cory Thomas, CEO/Founder of The Traveling Barbers “Hair Professionals For The Disabled,” was asked for some hair styling tips for people with neurological disorders in a recent article. This included clients who used wheelchairs.

He said, “Make sure the wheelchair are properly locked” and “Guard against flying hairs” by wrapping fabric around the wheelchair.

“Clippers shouldn’t be as sharp as they would be when working in an conventional barbershop or salon, so as to not hurt or bruise the client’s head from any sudden quick motions that may take place with someone who has a neurological disorder,” he said.

Going for simpler, “traditional” hairstyles and making sure clients are seeing familiar faces round out his suggestions.

A blogger for the Say What Club blog gave advice for styling hair for those who use hearing aids or other wearable equipment, such as cochlear implants. “We talked about their haircut/hairstyle before they took their aids off. After that, I made sure to face them while talking a little slower, if I asked more questions.”

With careful planning, a visit to a hair stylist can be a treasure for people with different abilities.