On Sunday 27 March, 2022 Julie Woods turned 25 years blind. She thought about how she might like to celebrate so decided to launch the pink card – part of The Accessibility Game which encourages the disclosure of a disability. For Julie, the best part about going blind was that she got to come out.
You see for the 13 years prior when she was partially sighted, she didn’t identify as having a vision impairment because she was too ashamed to do so. It was only when she went blind and was forced to, that she understood how good it was to reveal her impairment.
Now Julie wants to encourage others to do the same and help them realise the freedom that comes from letting go of that shame. In her time as the blind referee of nude touch rugby, Julie created the pink card for infringements of the naked variety.
Now she is using the pink business-size card as a way for a person to reveal their impairment to another with the back of the card reading:
“By showing you this pink card I am revealing I have an impairment. It may be physical, mental, intellectual, sensory or something else, which I am now choosing to disclose to you. Thank you for being the person I trust to show this pink card to”.
When finding the right words can be so hard to do, join Julie in getting these language-neutral pink cards into the hands of people with impairments so they can show them to others.
- Business card size 9.2 cm x 55 cm
- Round corners
- Hot pink on one side
- With wording as above on the reverse
- $1 each