Brand partners with disability non-profit to create accessible clothing

Having comfortable, well-fitting clothing is essential for children, allowing them to focus on play, school and other activities, and to easier gain acceptance from their peers. For children with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities, finding comfortable, fashionable and accessible clothing can be difficult.

Mindy Scheier, founder of the non-profit organization Runway of Dreams, is setting out to change that. Scheier has partnered with Tommy Hilfiger to create a clothing line featuring adaptive clothing for children with disabilities.

According to an article by TODAY, “The collection is the same as Tommy Hilfiger’s existing children’s collection, except that the pieces have been modified so they’re easier for kids with disabilities to wear.” Changes to the clothing can include small adjustments such as replacing zippers or buttons with magnets, adjusting pants or sleeve lengths, and waistbands that can be adjusted.

The clothing modifications were created by Scheier, and inspired by the needs of her son, who has muscular dystrophy, as well as other children with disabilities. Scheier is hoping to expand her design to other brands, and to include accessible clothing options for adults with disabilities as well. Available below is a Fox13 story about Runway of Dreams.

You can check out the Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive Clothing line here.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.

One response to “Brand partners with disability non-profit to create accessible clothing

  1. Was really excited to see the collection until I saw the prices…….Many parents dealing with children with disabilities often to do not that kind of money for clothing. There has to be a less expensive way to provide the same quality and be more affordable.

    As a single mother of three boys, the budget for their school clothes was often less than $150. I wouldn’t have been able to consider one shirt at $39.50! Although my boys didn’t require adaptive clothing, I often made such clothing for my mother when she grew older and was less able to move her arms or walk. Sitting in a wheelchair all day long was also difficult for her because of the zippers in the back of the blouse. She couldn’t raise her arms high enough to put on a slip over blouse or shirt.

    I agree that this is exciting news and a step in the right direction but there is much more work to be done.

    Thank you Mindy for getting the ball rolling!

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