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Mom Creates Clothing for Children with Special Needs


Mom Creates Clothing for Children with Special Needs

Mom Creates Clothing for Children with Special Needs


Mindy Scheier is a fashion designer and a mother-of-three who saw first hand the need to make clothing more accessible to children with disabilities and to help overcome clothing challenges for the special needs community.

Scheier recalled a day when her 10-year-old son Oliver, who has Rigid Spine Muscular Dystrophy asked to wear jeans to school. Faced with the dilemma of fitting his jeans over his leg braces gave her the inspiration to create the non-profit, Runway of Dreams.

The organization strives to overcome clothing challenges that can often present itself to special needs people by working with the fashion industry to adapt mainstream clothing for the differently-abled community.

Runway of Dreams partners with different brands, designers and retailers and integrates wearable technology and design modifications into clothing, making it adaptive and wearable for all, according to its website.

Source: Tommy Hilfiger/Runway of Dreams

One of the first clothing designer collaborations to bring an adaptive clothing line to consumers was Tommy Hilfiger. The collection comprises 22 pieces available in children’s sizes for boys and girls—and the pieces cost the same as Tommy Hilfiger’s existing children’s line. “This collaboration is a huge step forward and is the first of many future Runway of Dreams initiatives to bring adaptive clothing to the market and make fashion truly inclusive,” says Scheier.

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