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IGNITING CONVERSATIONS OF ACCEPTANCE WORLDWIDE.
WEARING OUR HEART ON OUR SLEEVE.
WE HAVE HEART, DO YOU?
WE ARE EVERYWHERE.
CHANGING THE WORLD, ONE HEART AT A TIME.
SHARING THE LOVE SINCE 2007.
A HEART MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
ACCEPTANCE IS THE KEY.
A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURIAL MOVEMENT.
EDUCATE YOUR COMMUNITY.
EMPOWER EACH ANOTHER.
Meaning of Symbol3E Love's registered trademark, the "International Symbol of Acceptance" also known as the "wheelchair-heart logo," is the drive behind much of the company's goals and products. It is a symbol of society accepting people with disabilities as equals and a symbol that people with disabilities accept their challenges and even embrace them. By replacing the wheel with a heart, the stigma of the wheelchair is also removed, and it can be a symbol for people with any disability or impairment. It represents the person, not society's perception of him or her.
The symbol is an attitude and a lifestyle. It's accepting one's abilities and rallying around that diversity and turning it into strength. It's loving and living life to the fullest no matter who you are and what you look like, no matter what you can or cannot do.
It's a positive alternative to the traditional "handicapped symbol", where the focus is a person's differences and a wheelchair. Only a small portion of people utilizing services associated with the symbol use wheelchairs. People with such an array of conditions as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, paralysis, down syndrome, autism, visual impairments, hearing impairments, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and even natural age-related impairments should not all be grouped by such a stigmatizing symbol. The traditional symbol screams "Beware. Someone different parks here." or "Pity them and give them charity."
That's one thing the symbol is not - a symbol of pity. One of Annie's greatest fears was that the meaning of our symbol would be related to charity, or the quest for a cure. It is of course a result of ignorance when people see our symbol and automatically ask "Where do I donate?" -- that's an ignorance we hope to change. And it's also the reason we attached it to a business, entrepreneurship, and products. It's a flat out statement if 3E Love is successful from a business perspective that people with disabilities can achieve things without a handout.
To Stevie, it means – "No I am not in a wheelchair, I use one – and I love that I do! I wouldn't change that for anything. Everything I am and who I have become is directly connected to my disability. And I love the life I have, and try to love it even more on the bad days. The symbol is also a statement – I am not just a person in a chair, I am a man who has friends and a family, who loves, who wants to be loved, who is educated, wants to achieve great things, and who wants to love every year on earth, whether it's 85 or 28 years."
What Does it Mean to You?Laura from Savanna, GA, USA says:
"3E Love's message, to me, is about embracing your disability, something that is so important for us. It can be very easy to stay home, to never go out and be with people, and to be ashamed or scared to be yourself. I think it is important for people to see evidence of disability pride because it generates conversation and education, which empowers us all."
Cara from New Hyde Park, NY, USA says:
Shannon from Guelph, Ontario, Canada says:
Kim from Everett, WA, USA says:
|Amanda from West Visalia, CA, USA says:
"It is the epitome of good, effective design. It communicates clearly: disability does not diminish a person. It does not make them less-than. We are whole, we are real, we are amazing people, not "in spite of" our disabilities, but because we are people representing the range of human experience. It takes a symbol that most people associate with something "bad" and makes it into the utmost Good thing on this earth - love. That is a radical notion for most of the world, but it makes all the difference."
Erica from Westfield, PA, USA says: