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What is adaptive clothing and how can it make life easier for people with a disability?


Grimmer, L and Mortimer, G and Pallant, J and Pallant, J, What is adaptive clothing and how can it make life easier for people with a disability?, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 3 December 2021 (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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Have you ever tried to do up a zip or button a shirt one-handed? Put on a pair of jeans while seated? Do you know someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder, who canít stand the feeling of certain fabrics against their skin? If your feet are different sizes, or you only have one foot, how do you buy shoes?

Advances in "adaptive clothing" aim to address these problems.

Adaptive clothes are specially designed for people with a disability. This can mean providing one-handed zippers on shoes, replacing buttons with magnetic closures or designing clothing and footwear so you can get dressed while in a seated position.

The key to effective adaptive clothing is catering for the vast array of needs different consumers have, while maintaining style and fashionability. Recently, fashion brands have begun to provide on-trend clothing with new styles, combining fashion and technology for people with a variety of disabilities.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:clothing, universal design, retail, disability, adaptive clothing
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Commercial services
Research Field:Retail
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Property, business support services and trade
Objective Field:Wholesale and retail trade
UTAS Author:Grimmer, L (Dr Louise Grimmer)
ID Code:148111
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2021-12-03
Last Modified:2021-12-13
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