mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

Hi guys

I have been featured in an article from mobilewomen.org called “Pushing for inclusion – Samanta Bullock’s mission”. Here’s a chance to know me and my story a little bit better.

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I have answered some questions where I talk about how I deal with the tough times with some advice for someone with a recent injury or disability, as well as sharing some exciting future projects. I opened up about my background as a tennis player and a model, my passions and motivations, and so much more!

My disability hasn’t stopped me from chasing my dreams and neither should yours. I am on a journey to make fashion more accessible to everyone, and to create a positive impact in the world. Disabled people have the right to be represented and treated as equal.

samanta bullock interview blog mobile woman wheelchair model inclusion
mobile women.org

It was lovely to share my story with mobilewomen.org. They are doing such a great work expanding horizons for women in wheelchairs. On the website you can find information on topics like health, sexuality, parenting, fashion and others. They are building an online community where people with disabilities can come together to share and learn from one another. There is even a forum where women across the world can share their ideas on different issues, a place to ask questions and get answers. 

To get to know more about my journey and mobilewomen.org visit http://www.mobilewomen.org/2019/01/pushing-for-inclusion-samanta-bullocks.html

Much love, Sam

ADAPTDEFY Samanta Bullock Pic by Ange Harper

ADAPTDEFY! People who have not only adapted, but have gone beyond

WHEELCHAIR USER MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY
MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY

I hope 2019 has started well.  I am sure it will be the year of awareness about inclusion and more and more people will join our cause or start something good. Surprises are on the way. 

I mainly came here to talk about a project that was launched last week and I am so happy to be involved with.  It is called Adaptdefy. It is a podcast talking about disabled people and how they are living full lives.

This idea came from Mike Brown who lives in New Zealand and became a wheelchair user a few years ago. He spent many years as an alpinist and yachtsman. He is also an entrepreneur driven to do good in the world.

MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY WHEELCHAIR USER
MIKE BROWN- THE FOUNDR OF ADAPTDEFY

He has  two current startup companies, adaptdefy and urigo and is the father of a 9 month old boy. Luckily for him he had inspirational disabled people to learn from and understand and develop different ways to do things. Social media is amazing in giving us the information we need and the motivation to live a more complete life. Mike is a husband, a father and an active guy that does not want to stop doing things. He is is willing to learn adaptive ways to to enable him to do activities and he will also share with us.

WHEELCHAIR USER KID PUSHING MIKE BROWN - FOUNDER OF ADPTDEFY
MIKE BROWN – FOUNDER OF ADPTDEFY

We recorded a pod cast at the end of last year while I was on holiday in Brazil. I was overwhelmed to see the website and all the interviews he has put together showing so many fantastic experiences from many different  people.

The definition of Adaptdefiers is People who have not only adapted, but have gone beyond and defied what they & others thought was possible

They included Joe Stone, Jezza Williams, Fillipe Kizu Lima, Darrul Tait, Tanelle Bolt and Ira Edwards.  You will have a taste of many activities such as fishing and skiing. 

MIKE BROWN SKIING WHEELCHAIR USER
MIKE BROWN SKIING

I would love for you to hear my interview with an open heart and to listen to the podcasts of all these amazing people that are sharing their stories to give you information and change lives, and also to know more about Mike and his vision.

We hope we can help you and if you know someone that would benefit from this podcast don’t hesitate to share it. We are a strong community and as I always say “together we can”.

SAMANTA BULLOCK ADAPTDEFIR WHEELCHAIR MODEL
ARE YOU AN ADAPTDEFIER? PICT BY MICHAEL ATKINSON

Website: https://adaptdefy.com

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Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston

An Illustration to Improve SCI Awareness- by Serena Siu Johnston

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston
Samanta Bullock – Wheelchair Model by Serena Siu Johnston

Hi Guys

I don’t know if you saw my open letter, but I say: “There are people like me all over the world growing up without any reference to their part or place in society, without seeing others, like themselves, living a full and fulfilled life. Still, it is as though have a disability is to be invisible- to have the full spectrum of who you are and who could potentially became, ignored.” Because of that Serena and I have been working together this last month to improve SCI awareness.

She is an illustrator and painted me so we could spread the word about inclusion. It talks deep to her heart as she lives with this on a daily basis through her husband that likewise uses a wheelchair. It was an honour for me as I am a big admirer of her work. If you see it on Instagram you will be mesmerised with the quality and diversity of her drawings. Her handle is the_miss-s that a more personal one there she also shares her experience on inclusion with her husband.

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston
Serena Siu Johnston

They travel around the world showing accessibility and spreading awareness of inclusion. Her other account is serenasartto that is mainly her professional work. We connected over our mutual belief in inclusivity and fashion.

What can I say? I had the honour to be portrayed by her to make people aware about disability and how we can live our lives to the full.  Her passion and talent came from the inspiration of music, interesting people and people with a great message. I couldn’t wait to share with you the picture. Let me know if you like the illustration and what you like most about it. All comments are welcome.

I strongly suggest for you to follow her on Instagram or to order your custom illustration on www.serenasart.com 

Wouldn’t be great if in all aspects of life you were portrayed some how?

Love Sam x

 

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston

Illustration. samanta bullock wheelchair model serena sis johnston

samanta Bullock wheelchair model disabled diversity jumpsuit caroline london

Design Your Perfect Look with Caroline London UK

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Caroline London –
Pict by Ange Harper

Sometimes the combination of being in a wheelchair and loving fashion can be a bit tricky, simply because not all clothing items are accommodating. Simple tasks can be extremely difficult when you’re wearing certain things, which can make shopping tremendously frustrating. Just imagine finding clothing that captures your heart but knowing it doesn’t suit wheelchair users! 

So, to find a brand that produces awesome items that are also perfect for wheelchair users is so exciting. One that I’ve managed to discover is Caroline London UK. Back when I was at the London Organic event, they were there trying to give their brand some exposure. I instantly became fascinated by their vision going forward; it’s a completely unique idea. Since then, they send me their terrific items through the post for me to try out.

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Caroline London
Pict Ange Harper

Essentially, their ethos is to allow people to mix and match, so you can design the look which you’ll love the most. But, the hallmark of their brand is a jump suit which utilizes a zipper mechanism down the middle. It’s split into two parts – the bottom half and the top half – which means you can mix and match between the two.

You can either keep the trouser aspect and switch out the top, or vice versa. In terms of being inclusive towards wheelchair users, the outfit is simple to adorn and allows you to unzip as and when you need to. For instance, during the winter months when the weather is freezing cold, you can go to the toilet without having to remove the whole outfit. It’s so convenient!

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Caroline London
Pict by Ange Harper

Moreover, for those that are severely disabled, such as individuals that are quadriplegic, it’s so much easier to get dressed when there’s a zipper straight down the middle. A wonderful fashion brand that creates outstanding items that look gorgeous, while priding themselves on being inclusive towards everyone at the same time is so refreshing.

Out of all the brands that I choose to represent, Caroline London UK is one of those that I have absolute belief in. I love the quality of their items and the flexibility in the way you select your outfit. Oh, and the range of choice is excellent too, because you’re empowered to play around with casual and luxury items, so you can source an outfit for any occasion.

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Caroline London Jumpsuit
Pict by Ange Harper

I’d highly recommend checking out their brand, which you can do by heading to their website – carolinelondon.co.uk.  

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Caroline London
Pict by Ange Harper