Developing Adaptive Fashion

Developing Adaptive Fashion

Developing Adaptive Fashion

This lesson, Developing Adaptive Fashion, provides a comprehensive overview of the process of actually creating adaptive clothing for people with disabilities. We’ll first take a look at the differences between adaptive and universal design. Then we’ll walk through the product development paths to create adaptive fashion. We’ll end by reviewing the considerations when designing and developing adaptive fashion and covering the importance of proper fit and function.

Module Description Step
1 Adaptive Fashion Overview 1-8
2 Product Development Process 1-3
3 Design & Fit Considerations 1-14
4 Importance of Fit & Functionality 1-7
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MODULE 1 • Adaptive Fashion Overview

Step Description
1 In this lecture, we will cover the differences between adaptive design and universal design, the product development process for adaptive fashion and design and fit considerations to consider when developing adaptive fashion.

On this slide, we have a photo from Unhidden showing a little behind the scenes of their development process.

Onscreen we see a table with a few papers on it and some markers. The papers include two photos of people with disabilities, both men using wheelchairs, as well as a sheet of paper that has some sketches on it. And then we see a fabric swatch and a tape measure in addition to the six markers and one pencil.

And again, we are offering these visual descriptions throughout this adaptive fashion lecture series in order to ensure that everyone is able to access and understand this lecture series.

2 Accessibility and Language Check In

To begin, we will start with an accessibility and language check-in. This is to ensure that everyone is able to view and understand the lecture, as well as the other lectures in the series.

This presentation includes slides, text and images, plus additional information that I present verbally. Verbal descriptions of the visuals shown on the screen will be included.

Throughout this lecture, I use two types of language when referring to people with disabilities. I use people-first language, which includes terms like people with disabilities and person who has a limb difference. I also use disability first language, which includes terms like Disabled person and Autistic person. Community members that I work with support the use of both.

For more on language, please refer back to lecture one, specifically the section around language in relation to disability. All University of Fashion lessons offer closed captioning.

On this slide, we have a woman seated in a black wheelchair. She has long black flowing hair and she is wearing a blue top and the photo is from IZ Adaptive.

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