The conversation about fashion and disability is growing but far from over, in the Lily July 6 2018

For millions of Americans with a disability, finding clothes that fit or don’t chafe is an ongoing challenge. Most designers don’t think about the difficulty someone with a disability may have buttoning their shirt or that wheelchair users would prefer pants with a higher back to stay comfortable. At least 7 percent of the American population reports they have difficulty moving, which may affect what clothes they can wear. Millions more with varying physical or mental disabilities would also benefit from what is called adaptable fashion, clothing that can suit different body types. The lack of affordable and accessible clothing may force some disabled fashion seekers to pay for expensive alterations or settle for unflattering wear, when designers can modify clothes to better suit the needs of a large segment of shoppers.

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