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What is Adaptive Clothing? Everything about the Inclusive Fashion Trend

Adaptive clothing is clothing specifically created for people with disabilities; this could be a physical disability or invisible disability such as chronic illnesses, but in general adaptive clothing is designed for anyone who has trouble dressing. This difficulty in dressing may present itself in a person having trouble with closures (buttons, hook and eyes, and zippers) because of limited hand dexterity, trouble with “over-the-head” dresses, blouses and shirts because of limited shoulder mobility, or inability to wear pants because of uncomfortable seam and rivet placements on the butt for wheelchair users. There are a lot more nuanced and specific examples and it’s good to keep in mind that the word “adaptive clothing” doesn’t refer to just one type of disability...

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DIY Adaptive clothing: Limited Hand Mobility

Hey you! This is Emma here and I’ve compiled a list of 3 tricks and DIY tips for “adaptive apparel.” Today’s theme is “Business Casual” and I’m offering fashion tips specifically for women with limited hand dexterity. If hook and eyes, small buttons and low quality zippers are a problem for you, then this post is for you! Shirt Hack: One way to step up your business casual is having an oxford button down in your wardrobe; but let’s get rid of those annoying buttons while still looking chic! If you’re feeling crafty one afternoon, all you need is fabric grade adhesive, Velcro and a button up shirt Step 1: Layout the unbuttoned shirt on a flat surface. One side...

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"Can You Have Sex?" and other FAQS: Becky and Dan's Interabled Love Story

    From the moment that Dan and I started dating, people have asked me what it’s like to date someone who has a disability. I’m going to use this blog to try to answer some of those questions, starting with the ‘big ones’. “What’s it like dating someone in a wheelchair?” This isn’t hugely different to asking ‘What’s it like dating someone called Dan?’. The obvious answer is, well, no two men called Dan are the same. Everyone is different. Ok, so accessibility needs to be considered when dating any wheelchair user, but even that aspect differs from person to person. The rest is just like going out with someone who doesn’t have a disability; first date nerves, worries about awkward silences, excitement...

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"All Bodies are Good Bodies": Zoë's Body Positivity Story

I'm Zoë and I have Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome a genetic disorder, various comorbidities and ME/CFS, which remained mainly undiagnosed until I was 19.  For about 3 years in my mid teens I became very sick and I spent my life between my bed, the children's hospital and school when I could manage it. I hid my body under a uniform of fluffy socks, leggings and a hoodie. On the worst days I often couldn't dress myself, brush my own teeth or shower, at one point I was sleeping for anything from 18 to 20 hours a day.  My faith in my body was shattered,  Hundreds of humiliating, dehumanising medical procedures made me distant from my 'meat suit', I read hundreds of...

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