Their Motto Is “No Tags, No Zippers, No Buttons, No Problems”
For most people, getting dressed every morning is a simple task. However for people with autism it can be a timely and tedious.
Lauren Thierry recently had an interview with ABC News stating the reason behind her new clothing line called “Independence Day Clothing.” Thierry started Independence Day Clothing is for people with cognitive impairments or physical handicaps.
For example her son, Liam, may be 17 years old but getting dressed can be a painstakingly a long task.
“I know it sounds like such a non-issue, and yet, if your kid can’t get dressed, they can’t get out of the house,” Thierry, who lives with her family in Madison, Connecticut, said. “You start to realize mom is not going to live forever.”
Thierry stated that everything became clear for her one day when she attended a baseball game with Liam, who was then 11 or 12 at the time with her husband and their two other children.
“Liam had to go to the men’s room by himself, and he came out with his pants around his ankles,” Thierry said. “I was just mortified … so I started designing.”
Thierry then tells ABC that she didn’t have any fashion experience, but dressing Liam for years gave her the overall idea of what people with autism like Liam really needed.
“First of all, they deserve better than t-shirts and baggy sweatpants,” Thierry said. “I said whatever Liam’s gonna put on – he’s not going to look like that kid in the baggy sweatpants and the monochrome t-shirt that may or may not be inside-out. That was my son’s uniform for years.”
“But they need some help, so there are hidden helpers: there are no buttons, no zippers, no tags, and no laces,” Thierry said.
The great part is that clothing by Independence Day Clothing is not gender specific and are also constructed in a way that there are no backwards or inside out garments.
Each article of clothing is made with sensory smooth fabric making dressing even more so easier.
This is truly a great and innovative design that allows people with autism the freedom to dress themselves.
Source: ABC News