The founder of Oscar Mike, a million-dollar apparel company focused on supporting injured veterans, receives his care at the Milwaukee VA. Noah Currier, who is passionate about wheelchair sports, will be fitted for a new wheelchair on March 13 in preparation for the upcoming National Quad Rugby Invitational.
Oscar Mike is sponsoring the National Quad Rugby Invitational in Rockford, Illinois from March 28 to 30. There are currently more than 200 slots available for area athletes.
“I have saved recess for myself and a million other people!” Zoey Harrison exclaimed.
ITHACA, Mich. – Sometimes in life, ”unintended consequences” happen. They are outcomes that are not the ones foreseen and intended by a purposeful action.
It’s occurred for a family in the mid-Michigan community of Ithaca, – in a big way – and they have their disabled nine-year-old daughter to thank for it.
New garments and accessories help caregivers assist those who are older or mobility challenged
While no two caretakers face the same day-to-day issues, one universal strain remains: the inherent challenge of dressing loved ones who can’t dress themselves.
Tommy Hilfiger is expanding its innovative disability-friendly clothing initiative by unveiling Tommy Adaptive, a new line that includes a variety of new and stylish pieces.
In 2016, Tommy Hilfiger partnered with Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit founded by Mindy Scheier, a mother whose child has muscular dystrophy, to create a clothing line more inclusive to children with disabilities. Last year the company expanded it to include an adult collection, and now, the company strives to provide all people with disabilities with even more clothing options.
“Tommy Adaptive’s mission is to be inclusive and empower people of all abilities to express themselves through fashion,” the company said in a press release.
WashU students design prototype garments for athletes with disabilities
Rugby is hard-hitting, fast-moving and adrenaline-fueled. But for elite Paralympic wheelchair athletes, the sport also can pose particular challenges.
Pants Up Easy… is designed to help wheelchair users and people with spinal-cord injuries get dressed.
If you’re paraplegic, odds are you spend hours a day struggling to get your pants on. Fed up with tugging and wriggling on your back on the bed, in and out of your wheelchair? Had enough of stretched-out pants and broken belt loops? Problem solved.
There are three models available. All three work in exactly the same way.
Now, children of all abilities can wear Tommy Hilfiger clothing.
A nonprofit organization called Runway of Dreams worked with the brand to launch an adaptive version of select styles from its children’s line, which will be on sale starting Tuesday.
Mindy Scheier, a fashion designer, founded Runway of Dreams to work with the fashion industry and adapt mainstream clothing for people with different abilities. She started the organization after her son Oliver, 11, who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy, asked her to buy him a pair of jeans.
Most pieces of clothing are not designed for people with disabilities. Alter Ur Ego is not one of them.
Heidi McKenzie, a T4 paraplegic woman paralyzed in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 21, has designed a collection of jeans dubbed Alter Ur Ego for people who use wheelchairs.
After participating in Ms. Wheelchair Kentucky 2012, McKenzie realized she was not the only woman experiencing difficulty finding fashionable yet adaptable clothing that fits a seated body.
Life in a wheelchair comes with a unique set of daily challenges – like the difficulty of embracing fashion, writes Alex Taylor
My understanding of the complexities around disability and style began at an early age. Six-years old, to be exact. A lady politely came up and asked my mother where she could buy red shoes like mine. Of course, she didn’t know they were special orthopaedic shoes made to support my feet. She also certainly wasn’t prepared for my then innocent face to reply “you can’t, you have to have brain damage to get these”.
For Izzy Camilleri, the journey to becoming a top fashion designer for people with disabilities began after befriending Barbara Turnbull, also of Toronto, Canada, who was a wheelchair-using quadriplegic.
“When I met Barb ten years ago, she had been injured twenty years,” said 49-year-old Camilleri in a telephone interview. “By then, I had made a strong name for myself in the Canadian fashion industry. Barb asked the fashion editor of a newspaper who the editor would recommend to make a cape for her. Today, Barb is a reporter with the Toronto Star.”