Today’s article comes from guest blogger Lyndsay, founder and owner of Neo Walk. After becoming an amputee in 2010, Lyndsay was dismayed at the dull, drab walking sticks and mobility aids that were currently on the market. She founded Neo Walk in 2013 to ‘break down the stigma of disability by creating stylish walking sticks to help you rediscover your best self.’
Walking Sticks With Style – Neo Walk
Who needs a helping hand now and again? Me.
Who hates admitting they need that helping hand? That’s me too!
I found this the hardest part of becoming disabled. I had always been so independent, I was active, I was strong, and losing that and having to accept help felt like a very public defeat. It was at that point my disability could have swallowed me up, had I not accepted the role of my super supportive family and also using different mobility aids such as walking sticks in my new daily life.
However, I was presented with some pretty ugly walking sticks back then: clunky, grey and purely functional. No style, no colour and they left me feeling old, frumpy and embarrassed. I had no place in my life for that, and I guessed that most other disabled people wouldn’t either. Just because we have a disability doesn’t mean our sense of style has magically evaporated.
These Sticks Were Made For Walking
So, here I am 7 years later, surrounded by gorgeous funky Neo Walk sticks, brightening up walking aids all over the world. That is how Neo Walk began. I got my big girl pants on, drew a deep breath and took a gamble on starting my own business. Using smooth, tactile one inch acrylic rods, I hand make coloured, clear, light-up and custom walking sticks, for everyone, for your height, to your taste. From age 4 to 94, for every day, for weddings, for gifts and to collect. I have met the most wonderful people and hopefully contributed towards them feeling good about using a mobility aid.
It’s definitely a 24/7 job. Ask my husband! I am constantly planning ahead, designing, marketing but also making my beautiful walking sticks every day of course. We now send to over 20 countries, from Tasmania to Alaska. I am fiercely proud of what I make, and I provide a personal customer service ensuring everyone gets what they want and need. It’s important to me that you are 100% happy with your Neo Walk stick.
Disability and Style
Fashion and style belong to everyone. We all deserve to feel confident and safe, but we also deserve to look fantastic. Disability and style can coexist. I challenge all designers out there to be inclusive when it comes to disability. When it comes to disability design, I challenge them to be stylish and more than purely functional. Equally, I task disabled people everywhere not to settle for anything less.
If you visit social media platforms, you’ll see campaigns like #DisabledAndCute and #DifferentAidsForDifferentDays that encourage everyone to be proud of their walking aids and their unique appearance. After all, we were made to stand out, not to fit in.
Lyndsay has kindly provided a discount code for Lifeline24 readers! ‘neolifeline20′ will give you 20% any of Neo Walk’s stylish walking sticks.
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