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.
Xian served as the exemplar and judge of the AT&T NYU ConnectAbility Challenge. The project was a masterclass of collaborative innovation toward the creation of assistive technology and was celebrated at the 2018 ADAPT Leadership Awards Gala.
Accessibility is Beautiful Universal Homes Look Book & Panel
Xian had the pleasure of serving on a steering committee for the Chubb and CP Foundation project. She served as the editor of the Look Book for accessible homes and a speaker at the award-winning panel in connection with the project for the American Institute of Architects, NY.
Accessible Fashion Solutions
Xian’s adaptive fashion design journey started in 2016 when she was made a couture garment at Parsons through Open Style Lab and she has served as an advisor ever since. In 2017 and 2018, she was designed for again in “Design for Disability” with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and got to work with Anna Sui and Derek Lam. In 2020, Xian worked with Zappos Adaptive and walked the runway for NY Fashion Week wearing adaptive clothing that was helpful given her dexterity issues.
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 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.
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