Hey everybody, today’s blog post is one that focuses on disability style. Smart Adaptive Clothing is a clothing line made for disabled men and women to make getting dressed easier. As well, as allowing them to keep their sense of style. The blouses and shirts have unique styles and features; they keep the buttons on the front placket and cuffs for a “traditional” appearance. It is a company based and manufactured in Philadelphia, PA. 100% woman-owned and operated.
All of the clothing items use Velcro to fasten and unfasten them making it easier to put on and remove it. This gives a disable person independence, confidence, and style while minimizing frustration. The owner, Nancy Connor, had two situations in her life where she said to herself, “there has to be a way…”. The first time was March 6, 1980, at 12-years-old, she had the surgery that would correct a grave spinal curvature. This surgery had been scheduled after the meeting in which her doctor said, “If you don’t have the surgery, this will be fatal.”
After the surgery came a year-long recovery, complete with body casts and back braces—all during the already-challenging years of middle school! Yet Nancy, with the help of her devoted family, worked hard
to recover and heal. And heal she did! Since that time, she’s learned to adapt activities to accommodate the steel rod that runs the full length of her spine—finding ways to do the things she is determined to do.
The second time, was in 2005 now an adult, she noticed changes in her dad. It started with little things that led to big things—and an eventual (and much-dreaded) Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Her father, “Bo,” broke his hip twice which required skilled nursing and rehab. Due to this set of conditions, Bo no longer wore his signature style of button-down shirts paired with pressed slacks—his “power uniform” he wore every day during his previous time in the business world and then everyday life.
Now, Bo was dressed daily in sweat pants and sweatshirts—mainly due to the convenience and ease of putting on and taking off this type of clothing. Dressing this way, though, affected how Bo felt. Plus, it was especially hard on Nancy, seeing her dad go through this on top of all the other changes that had been part of this unwelcomed and difficult process.
Nancy said. “What if there were clothing that looked great and was easy to put on and take off?” At this very moment, Smart Adaptive Clothing was born. Nancy realized that how we DRESS directly impacts how we FEEL. Our confidence is directly linked to the way we perceive ourselves. When we look good, we feel and perform better.
The clothing line was not developed in time for her father, Bo to be able to benefit, but there are so many others who can. Nancy says it is time that we focus on people with different abilities and needs as
well as their caregivers. The CDC states 61 million or one in four adults has some type of disability, of them over 14 million need daily assistance dressing. This does not account for teens, nor does it account for short term injuries, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, Parkinson and more. Smart Adaptive Clothing was developed for those with differences—be it physical or cognitive – that require the easy fasten, effortless style this line provides.”
Their clothing offers independence, easy access, style and builds confidence. It is comfortable and saves time for individuals and caregivers alike. There are close to 16 million unpaid caregivers in the USA caring for a loved one or friend. Imagine forgetting how to get dressed? What if you only had use of one hand so it takes you an hour or more to dress? Maybe you hire someone to dress you every day? We have stylish options for home, in short term rehabs, skilled nursing, assisted living, 55+ communities and more.
You can purchase our clothing at www.smartadaptiveclothing.com,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (215) 482 – 3052 for more details.
Inc. magazine: June 8, 2017 Research Shows That The Clothes Actually Change The Way you Perform, Scientific American: Jan 1, 2016 Dress for Success: How Clothes Influence Our Performance, MDPI March 2018: Exploring Clothing as a Barrier to Workplace Participation Faced by People Living with Disabilities, Disability and Rehabilitation January 2016: Apparel Related participation barriers: ability, adaptation and engagement, Applied Ergonomics 2017: Clothing-related barriers experienced by people with mobility disabilities and impairments.
- CDC.Gov Date: August 19, 2018 (Rev: 2018/09/28) Press release* U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – cdc.gov