Think about putting on your clothes and how the actions are just second nature. Even though that’s usually the case, sometimes our clothes can be a pain in the neck, and putting them on can be a pure struggle. Maybe you have a hard time buttoning a certain button, or perhaps you have to adjust the sleeve length, or the zipper is jammed.Now think about how hard that would be if you were missing an arm, if you were in a wheelchair, or if you had a genetic disease that made these movements difficult. This menial task then becomes one of the hardest things you have to do that day.
A woman named Mindy Scheier has a son who has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and is one of those kids who has a hard time wearing certain clothes. Well, it turns out that Scheier is a fashion designer, and she had about enough of her son wanting to wear whatever he wanted but having limited options of what he could wear and how he could wear it. This is when she came up with the idea to create Runway of Dreams.
The organization’s website says that “Runway of Dreams is a nonprofit organization working with the fashion industry to adapt mainstream clothing for the differently-abled community. Partnering with top brands and retailers, Runway of Dreams works to integrate wearable technology and design modifications into clothing, making it adaptive and wearable for all.”Recently, the organization teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger to launch their adaptive clothing designs, which Scheier notes are fashionable instead of just being “medicinal” or “purposeful,” like so many designs that are geared toward people with disabilities.
Scheier founded the organization in 2013 and it has already gained national and international recognition. You can check out this video to see just what the clothing looks like and how the kids are transformed by the idea too.