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Accessibility & Advising

Xian lends her expertise to ensure that corporations and cultural institutions operate with inclusivity and at the forefront of innovation. Xian serves as an ongoing partner and advisor on the AT&T Advisory Panel on Access and Aging (AAPAA), Cooper Hewitt’s Accessibility Advisory Board, Open Style Lab at Parsons, and ReelAbilities Film Festival (where she is also a film selection committee member). She was also invited to serve the U.N. NGO Committee on Education, Learning and Literacy, and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) NY, consulting on accessibility and representation for an upcoming inclusive exhibit Reset: Toward A New Commons. Additionally, she has advised Microsoft, Chubb, the Whitney Museum, Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and various non-profits. Most recently, she was invited to join the board of New York Tech Alliance.

Xian smiling into the sun in a gray plaid Jacket holding her ski poles from an upwards angle

Xian wearing clothing with hidden adaptive features in the form of aligned secure magnets instead of buttons, and Seven7 jeans with hidden Velcro and zippers at the sides

Xian Horn on the CP Foundation Design for Disability runway wearing a custom-made silk top and skirt, holding ski poles, smiling at the camera.

Xian Horn on the Cerebral Palsy Foundation Design for Disability runway wearing a sustainable silk top and skirt made for her by designer Emily Ridings during her time at Pratt.

Xian was one of the three people designed for by Parson's Open Style Lab in its inaugural semester. Above is the Xian Coat, a rain-proof coat with customized accessibility features informed by Xian's experience and input.

The Xian Coat: a rain-proof coat with customized accessibility features designed by Parson’s Open Style Lab, informed by Xian’s experience and input.

Read Xian’s Interview on Elle Decor: “Accessible Design is the Pinnacle of Good Design—And It’s for Everyone” ↗

Sensitivity Reading

While good intentions are a great start, they are not enough. Xian can help you create a clear and inviting message to ensure your project, mission, or campaign has powerful, accessible language, and the most universal reach.

Xian takes joy in helping corporations and non-profits use their platform to communicate beautifully and effectively. Together, we can create the most inclusive, practical strategies, and powerful narratives that reach soul-deep and inspire brand confidence.

Photo Credit: Ken Pao

Accessibility determines who can fully participate in their lives and in the world. Designing for accessibility is an opportunity to connect with and empower the 1.3 billion people with disabilities globally.

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Humanist, Beauty and Disability Advocate, Forbes Contributor, Teacher

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