Alexa, Siri, voice-activated apps, phones, and even TVs have been a great convenience throughout my journey with a chronic illness. Having the ability to turn off the light without risking a fall or calling for help when no one around had tremendously changed the level of independence I am able to enjoy. However, one of my areas of passion, fashion, has always been a challenging space to navigate living with Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD). Having the energy to open and close a series of buttons, secure long zippers or even keep my arms raised over my head can present challenges for getting dressed without the assistance of personal aid.
Thankfully, that’s all about to change as adaptive fashion is creating a new subcategory of fashion made with the limitations of the customer in mind. Adaptive clothing is defined as clothing designed with those with disabilities, the elderly and anyone who struggles with clothing themselves in mind.
Mindy Scheier, the founder of Runway of Dreams, works with big brands in the fashion industry to come up with modifications to create adaptive clothing that mirrors mainstream fashion trends and meets the needs of the 1 billion people living with a disability.
After watching Mindy talked about her son’s personal battle with LGMD, I was inspired to dream up a few adaptive fashion options for my Girls Chronically Rock brand, so get connected and stay tuned for updates on the collection reveal!
Take a few minutes and watch the TED talk Mindy gives below to learn why adaptive fashion is such an important topic in the fashion industry and in the lives of those of us who live with a disability or chronic illness.