Introduction to Adaptive Fashion

Introduction to Adaptive Fashion

Introduction to Adaptive Fashion

Did you know that there are more clothing options available for dogs than there are for people with disabilities? In this lecture on adaptive fashion, you’ll learn the foundations of adaptive fashion, which will enable you to help make the fashion industry more inclusive for all! We’ll start by talking about disability representation and how Disabled people are left out of the fashion industry. Next, we’ll go through the history of adaptive fashion before discussing the pioneers of the 21st century adaptive fashion movement. We hope you’ll take this first step on your inclusive fashion journey.

Module Description Step
1 Introduction 1-7
2 Adaptive Fashion: Past and Present 1-6
3 Key Takeaways from Second Wave Pioneers 1-9
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MODULE 1 • Introduction

Step Description
1 Welcome to adaptive fashion! This is a new and emerging area of the fashion industry and there’s lots to learn. We’re excited to have you here and excited for your interest in this space. To start us off, we’re going to talk through some groundwork that will really make learning about adaptive fashion as well as disability inclusion a lot easier.

The title on this slide reads welcome to adaptive fashion with an exclamation point and the photo is from Christina Stevens. It shows five models after a runway show. All five models are dressed in bright colors with bright makeup. Four of the models are women and one is a man. Three are seated, two are standing and all of them are smiling, eager and happy after the show.

2 The foundations for a lecture series on adaptive fashion start by making sure that everyone can access, understand, and enjoy this lecture series so we will start with an accessibility and language check in. This presentation includes text and images shown on screen, as well as information that I present verbally. I will include a visual description of any visuals on the screen for anyone using assistive technology or who may have trouble seeing the visuals presented in this presentation. The visual descriptions for most of the people in the photos, including race and appearance, have been provided by the photo sources when applicable and supplemented as needed. In this lecture, I use people first and identity first language which we will cover more in an upcoming slide. Community members that I work with support the use of both types of languages and we’ll dive more into language around disability in an upcoming slide.

On this slide for our visual description, we have a photo of an Indian woman with long flowing black hair and she’s wearing a dark blue top while she seated in her black wheelchair. This photo is from IZ Adaptive.

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