This will be welcomed by many.
British high street retailer M&S has broken new ground by creating a range of clothing that is entirely designed for children with disabilities.
The range consists of items of clothing that are made to be easier for those with disabilities to put on and take off. Meaning that children using wheelchairs, crutches, or who have different needs can now have all the same clothes as their able counterparts, but specifically designed for their bodies.
Speaking to Ladbible.com, a representative for M&S said: “There are around 1.5 million children in the UK who have a sensory or physical disability,
“So, after talking to parents and experts, we’ve developed an easy-dressing range for kids that’s fun to wear, plus the designs are the same as our standard range, so kids have the choice to wear the same cool clothes as their friends or siblings.”
“From all-in-ones that allow for a cast (for hip dysplasia) to tees and dresses with discreet pockets for feeding tubes, the range uses the softest materials, the fewest seams possible and hidden care labels that won’t irritate sensitive skin. We’ve created a special range of clothes adapted for children who need extra help – whether they have feeding tubes or simply need clothes that are easy to put on and super-gentle on sensitive skin – to help make dressing easier, quicker, more comfortable – and more fun!”
She said: “Edward has hemiplegia, which is cerebral palsy that affects his right side. He has limited control and movement in his arm and leg and epilepsy. We use a wheelchair a lot of the time, particularly when Edward’s tired.
“That’s why this range is great. The Velcro fastening down the back of the sweater and bodywarmer means I can easily get Edward ready to go out when he’s in his wheelchair.
“I haven’t seen anything else like this before – Edward loved how cool they looked. The dress Celia wore is in the standard and adapted range too, meaning it can also be removed easily with the Velcro strip. I’m sure loads of girls out there will love to wear it – Celia did!”
Items from the range cost from between £2.50 and £26 and can be bought on the M&S Online website.