Hi! This is Ash, founder of D+I Gear. My daughter received a cochlear implant (CI) when she was two years old. As a human factors engineer and mom to a kiddo with hearing impairment, I have become inspired by CI technology. I also enjoy the many layers of meaning that arise when we pair CIs with the term CHARGE.
CHARGE stands for CHARGE Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that can cause multiple disabilities, including hearing impairment. CHARGE represents the courage and tenacity of people with CHARGE and within the deaf community, regardless of whether or not they elected to receive a CI. Lastly, CHARGE illustrates the proliferation of electronic devices that require...yup...charging on a regular basis...including CIs :)
I worked with graphic designer, Cassandra Velasquez, to develop this fab piece of art that celebrates CIs and all the ways that CHARGE relates. Adorning these beautiful indoor pillows in various sizes, we've created home accents that make a statement and show love, support, and celebrate CIs, deaf culture, and CHARGE syndrome.
As always, 10% of our profits are donated to non-profits supporting various dimensions of diversity and inclusion.