photo: Runway of Dreams via YouTube

When Mindy Scheier used to dress her son Oliver for school, she would put him in sweat pants, because they were easy to maneuver over his leg braces. It worked out great, until her 8-year-old came home and announced that he wanted to wear jeans like his friends did. Jeans didn’t fit over his leg braces, but Scheier knew how she could make them work.

Scheier is a fashion designer, so she altered clothes for her son. But she didn’t stop there. She understood that if she was struggling with access to fashionable adaptive clothing, then other parents were, too. So she founded Runway of Dreams.

Runway of Dreams works with clothing manufacturers to educate them about adaptive clothing. The Runway of Dreams toolkit focuses on three components: adjustability, waistbands and how to get in and out of the clothing. Features like side openings in pant legs and magnetic buttons (that look like regular buttons on the outside) are used to make adaptive clothing look like any other clothing.

Thanks to Runway of Dreams, clothing lines such as Tommy Hilfiger now include a collection of adaptive children’s wear. The opportunity for kids to dress like their peers is huge for children who feel like they stand out and just want to fit in and wear what everyone else is wearing. It’s also huge for the parents making the purchasing decisions.

Check out the video below to see how the company has affected the lives of four people with disabilities, and how it can continue to have an impact.

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