Suozzi Announces $35,000 Federal Grant for Great Neck Non-Profit that Creates Accessible and Stylish Clothing for People with Disabilities
Today, Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-Long Island, Queens) announced that Open Style Lab, a non-profit from Great Neck that creates functional, wearable, and stylish clothing for people with disabilities, will receive a $35,000 federal grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The grant money will be used by Open Style Lab to support an online fashion education program that helps people with disabilities create accessible and stylish clothing. To do this, Open Style Lab will offer online lectures with accessibility and fashion partners, as well as a comprehensive video library to help participants design wearable solutions for their own dressing challenges.
“Design and accessibility have typically been overlooked for people with disabilities. Every person has the right to dress in clothing that makes them feel good about themselves,” said Suozzi. “Open Style Lab continues to make tremendous strides for people in the disability community by designing clothing that is inclusive, stylish, and functional. I’m proud to see the National Endowment of the Arts award this grant to Open Style Lab.”
"As a Nassau County, New York native, I am honored by the recognition from the NEA for Open Style Lab's 2021 project. I truly believe design can elevate people during disempowering moments. Making style accessible to all people, regardless of cognitive and physical disability, has been our mission since 2015. We look forward to working with the Arts Endowment to finalize the grant paperwork and appreciate the agency’s support for this project," Grace Jun, CEO at Open Style Lab.
Nearly 61 million Americans live with a disability that impacts major life activities. In New York, 11.3% of the population have mobility-related disability. The NEA regularly funds non-profit arts organizations on a project-specific basis. Awards typically range from $10,000 to $100,000.