Clothing charity Dressability is expanding its work to help disabled children and their parents keep up with the latest fashion trends clothes more user-friendly.
Sian Barrie, who has managed the unique charity in Swindon for over ten years said, “it is important to young people to look stylish and cool, and this applies as much to children with disabilities as to the able-bodied.
“Children of secondary school age want their independence, and they don’t want to be seen as different from everyone else.
“They certainly don’t want to have to ask for help getting dressed.”
Sian and her team are particularly skilled in adapting garments by inserting zips and fasteners for the severely disabled, those in wheelchairs or who have to use a walking frame. They can also help those with autism or arthritis.
Dressability is able to make clothing that fits uniquely to a person’s shape.
Sian added, “finding jeans to fit can be a real problem, especially for young people with Down’s Syndrome, so we are able to tailor them from scratch to provide a stylish garment that the young person will feel comfortable wearing.
“We offer an affordable, convenient service; for example replacing a zip with a Velcro fastening costs just £7 including a free home visit, collection and delivery.”
The Dressability service currently employs one full-time and two part-time members of staff as well as two volunteers.
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