Adaptive Clothing and Accessories Make Life Easy
• Wheelchair Friendly •
About: Finding warm, comfortable wheelchair friendly clothes and accessories isn’t easy, especially when you have the weather to contend with. Koolway Sports is helping to eliminate weather barriers with “customized products to fit individual client needs, from their body frame to their custom wheelchairs, while still offering mainstream styling, keeping clients warm, fashionable, comfortable, and with the accessibility, they need on a daily basis.” Based out of Ontario, Canada, Koolway Sports has been in business since 2009 and continues to grow with products that encourage wheelchair users to achieve a maximum level of independence.
Products: KoolKoats, Blankets, Blanket back, Hoods, KoolKapes, KoolBoots, KoolSit-Sak, Kool Camo, Kool Kozy Legs, Kool Slip-Not, Kool Apparel, and Accessories.
About: Wheelchairtransfers can be a pain. Literally, but they don’t have to be. In 1999, Dr. Cynthia Cohen was inspired to invent the LiftVest after traveling with her wheelchair-bound mother. She wanted to create a product that would reduce the strain on patients and caregivers, and make lifting and transfers more comfortable and safer for both. The LiftVest has multiple handles allowing lifts from any angle, distributing the weight evenly and keeping the entire torso secure. This family-run business believes in their product and offers a 30-day trial.
Products: Child LiftVest, LiftVest, SwimVest, Lift Poncho, Autism Poncho, Bath Poncho
• Other Goodies •
About: Back to school wouldn’t be complete without a toy to chew! For those with sensory needs, chewing can keep them calm during times of stress, but not everything is safe to chew on and most don’t cater to older children with a stronger bite. As a mother of a child with Aspergers, “Mama Chew” knows exactly what parents go through. She and her husband struggled to find a solution for their son as he was transitioning into a middle school and the only chew options they had were from the baby teething lines. They found Chewigem from the UK and knew they had to bring it to the states. Chewigem offers a discreet solution For the Need to Chew™. This stylish, safer and wearable solution allows them to focus and self soothes, allowing their confidence to increase while their anxiety level decreases.
Products: Dog Tags, Bangles, Pendants, Hearts, Rings, Discs, Chubes, Raindrops, Hexichews, and more for children, teens, and adults
About: As parents we want our children to have everything they need to begin a successful school year. Glasses are no exception. For many, finding a comfortable fit is part of the battle. Maria Dellapina, an optician with over 30 years’ experience, formed Specs4Us (Superior Precision Eyewear 4 Children who are Special) after years of struggling to find eyeglass frames for her youngest daughter, Erin, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. She created a frame line called Erin’s World Frames that are designed for people with unique facial features.
Specs4usmodels: Kiki Price (p.00), above Blake.
The struggle to find adaptive clothing for our children is slowing becoming a thing of the past. Companies all over the world are making a difference and showing how passionate they are about providing solutions to parents who need it. Nike now has an AFO shoe line and Zappos recently launched their own adaptive clothing line, as well. There are so many cute and functional options now available to make the new school year exciting for all. Now, hopefully, you can all enjoy the back to school shopping process.
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