How adaptive clothing empowers people with disabilities | Mindy Scheier

How adaptive clothing empowers people with disabilities | Mindy Scheier

Do you have a favorite T-shirt or pair of jeans that transforms you and makes you feel confident — makes you feel like you? That’s because what you wear can affect your mood, your health and your self-esteem, says fashion designer Mindy Scheier. Inspired by her son, who was born with a degenerative disorder that makes it hard for him to dress himself or wear clothing with buttons or zippers, Scheier set out to make clothing that works for everyone, including the differently abled. Learn more about how she’s made fashion history by producing the world’s first mainstream adaptive clothing line.

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50 Comments

  1. mcfreeagent on October 22, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Ted Talks… so sad to see you go. not good, not good at all



  2. Ms B on October 22, 2021 at 10:15 am

    What I do for my daughter. So relate.



  3. Galaxytot asha on October 22, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Love your spirit



  4. pantyflash on October 22, 2021 at 10:18 am

    Like, even though they’re orthopaedically hosed, now they can be totally awesome, thanks to you. You go, girl!



  5. Moog on October 22, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Hey I’m disabled and poor, how exactly does this empower me when I have no chance of owning anything like this?



  6. Selly Gouw on October 22, 2021 at 10:20 am

    This is amazing. Thank you for the inspiration; sometimes we just take little things in life for granted, like wearing our favorite clothes.



  7. Ellen Bogaert on October 22, 2021 at 10:20 am

    I actually think that these clothes would be very useful for others too. Old people for example also often have difficulties with things like buttons…



  8. ꧁Jesse Marquez꧂ on October 22, 2021 at 10:20 am

    Awesome talk!!! Thank you for sharing !!! Amazing woman !!!



  9. Keilante Taylor on October 22, 2021 at 10:21 am

    She’s a great parent



  10. One of the 12 Sion Mains on October 22, 2021 at 10:21 am

    She sounds like a liberal



  11. Allen Alvaro on October 22, 2021 at 10:22 am

    This is beautiful. Really beautiful.



  12. Kat K on October 22, 2021 at 10:23 am

    That’s an awesome mom!



  13. Netty Voyager on October 22, 2021 at 10:24 am

    VELCRO WAS THE BEST INVENTION



  14. Elena Fujita on October 22, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Truly inspirational!!!!!



  15. Ynot MI on October 22, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Much respect xx



  16. honeybdream on October 22, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Bravo to this mom❗️She took action to make a real change. This was so heartbreaking, yet inspiring 🌟



  17. 12345 678910 on October 22, 2021 at 10:26 am

    dress like nun



  18. Muhammad Mudassar on October 22, 2021 at 10:31 am

    bravo



  19. Lee Laa on October 22, 2021 at 10:31 am

    Great work!, good to know that you are addressing this very important issue



  20. Wade Lee on October 22, 2021 at 10:31 am

    180609



  21. ꧁Jesse Marquez꧂ on October 22, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Is it Target who adopted this fit?



  22. jean distefano on October 22, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Best talk ever!!! Gina in Lights



  23. Treffi Antony on October 22, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Who also think that she is wearing a flying dress?



  24. Andrea Cavanaugh on October 22, 2021 at 10:38 am

    My son can not straighten his legs so, therefore, it is very hard to put ANY pants on him plus he has a feeding tube in his stomach, also he can not raise his arms above his head to put on a pullover shirt. I am looking for clothes for him. can you help with that?



  25. MILLICENT Mutheu on October 22, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Mama blessings



  26. Uga Buga on October 22, 2021 at 10:40 am

    If you need cloting to have confident then you have some issues.



  27. Zaire hart on October 22, 2021 at 10:40 am

    I have cerebral palsy and I definitely understand that it takes a lot to get dressed it can take a little longer and their are many things none disabled people take for granted.



  28. Emir GRNC on October 22, 2021 at 10:41 am

    I feel so sad after watch that video ..This woman so BEAUTIFUL human ⚘♥️ Thank you Tad talks..



  29. Zia Rehman on October 22, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Someone should take this to the Indian fashion industry



  30. Billy Ramone on October 22, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Cool looking kid



  31. orlendatube on October 22, 2021 at 10:44 am

    I love my sweatpants!



  32. ely shane on October 22, 2021 at 10:46 am

    ❤❤❤



  33. Lizzybeth Clearwater on October 22, 2021 at 10:47 am

    This is my favorite TED Talk. I wish more people thought this way, and made these efforts.



  34. Mojos Bigstick on October 22, 2021 at 10:48 am

    I still don’t understand the point of fashion or clothing styles, but I’m all for people who make other people happy.



  35. Maryam on October 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Please put Arabic sup for videos



  36. Nicole Nonya on October 22, 2021 at 10:53 am

    I would like to offer Cat & Jack some inspiration. 
    My son is a cardiac transplant child. Anyone with a GJ tube child knows the struggle of finding pieces to properly fit their child and the need for ease of access. 
    If Cat & Jack are listening –
    Children with heart issues have tachypnea and heat intolerance. 
    Cat & Jack – many of our disabled are home and have tracheotomies!
    Start making items that snap all the way in the front but for Toddler sizes 2t, 3t, 4t, 5t etc.. 
    Make the neck line large enough to fit a trach. 
    Have buttons going down the front. 
    There is a company called ‘Tummy tunnels’. You can size each clothing piece for a GJ tube. Offer a free sample of Calmaceptine, I am sure that company will be more than happy to help partner to help parents keep their child’s G or GJ tube stomas clean. In exchange, they could provide some funds as a tax write off and partner up with your company. Clean G/GJ tube awareness. My son is almost 2 and 0 granulation with my ‘butt floss’ technique of cleaning that stoma. 
    Carters makes light weight front snapping short sleeve onsies but only up until 24 months. I personally keep the buttons open where the stoma is to ensure it’s not bulging out or nudged on anything. 
    Parents need quick access. So why not make short sleeved t shirts with snap buttons going all the way down to the end along with a hole (inspired by Tummy tunnel) so we the parents can see the GJ tube and ensure it’s not bulging out????
    No parent with a kid with a trach wants to struggle putting shirts over these kids’ heads. My son was decannulated fortunately but many children aren’t. If a transplant child – it’s a struggle to get the kids out of the house. These children also cannot take Nsaids which is a superior fever reducer due to kidney levels. Hence, stuck with Tylonel. Therefore, light weight clothing is imperative.
    So please start making short sleeve rompers that which size up to size 8 in boyshttps://www.carters.com/carters-baby…/V_16235810.html… Here is an example. Slap a tummy tunnel on the side.
    My son is wheel chair bound as are many kids. Statistically, male children are in need of GJ tube and have heart issues more so than females therefore – it doesn’t make sense to me there are more choices for girls! Skip the collar for boys. It just makes the kids hotter. 
    This simplistic idea would serve a huge demographic. 
    Also – apply same concept to basic T shirts all the way to size 8. Most kids who make it that long can walk by then. 
    You could offer selections on Target’s website – ‘Clothing for kids with trach’ make them deep V neck – 
    Children with G/Gj tube – 
    Kids with both trach and G or GJ tube. 
    I seriously have 0 clue why makers of clothing for kids with disabilities over look kids with trachs and GJ tube and comprehend simple snaps with a hole on the side large enough for a GJ or G tube priced reasonably is over looked. 
    As someone who has been to 5 different ICU’s it’s shameful we haven’t come up with a solution. If I knew how to sew, I could make it myself. Would be more than happy to explain the design concept to any member of your team to work with your staff to serve these children. It would 

    even serve some adults. 
    Remember – most parents of children with disabilities receive social security disability checks and want the best for their children so it’s not as if you would not make $$ serving this population. Getting in touch with MMA companies and making your item DME ‘reason cited is to avoid GJ tubes from coming out’ which falls under ‘preventative measures’ would help spread the word. 
    Meeting with local hospital administrators would also get the word spread. 
    I truly hope someone from your staff actually listens! Statistically, you’re working against yourself not serving male children!



  37. Star Cherry on October 22, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Aw when she’s made new jeans for her son. Oh my heart



  38. Maria and Michelle Ortiz on October 22, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Hi my name is Maria Ortiz my daughter Michelle Ortiz was born with Cerebral Palsy and she is on a wheelchair the doctors told me she wasn’t going to live past one years old and we are now approaching her quinceanera it will be in September 2020 in preparing for her quinceanera I took her to an expo in Fresno just to see what color or what theme she would like my daughter loved all the beautiful dresses and she love the fashion show but she was very worried and asked Mom how are those dresses going to look on me. You can only imagine how I felt. I approached some of the companies to see if they have ever had a model or a magazine with a girl on the wheelchair and they all told me no some of them got my phone number and said they would contact me. It is so sad that in this industry they are not offering the same experience to all girls. My daughter felt very sad. that day she was at the Expo it only remind her  her being on her chair. Quinceañeras are part of Our culture. please join me and my daughter in this journey I have reached out to many designers and in the quinceanera and haven’t had any luck I know there is a need for this industry to do a line of dresses for girls like my daughter is there anything you can do for us so we can get the word out and the quinceanera industry letting them know that they are not providing the same experience to all girls



  39. Sinzi Baum on October 22, 2021 at 10:54 am

    This is heart breaking, but what she came up with is really amazing



  40. Julia Wildflower on October 22, 2021 at 10:56 am

    I work in a group home with adults with disabilities, and I’ve seen how clothing can empower them. Most of them are nonverbal, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have autonomy over their lives. There’s a woman with cerebral palsy who always makes sure you tuck her blouse over the seatbelt on her chair so that there’s one less barrier that people see. She’s 72, and she’s dyed her hair pink and purple before to express her amazing bubbly personality. Seeing my quadriplegic client get to choose small things like what t shirt he wants to wear today can make a huge difference in his mood. Another one of my guys loves fashion. He has 30 different pairs of sunglasses, and a very impressive bow tie collection. Many of the individuals I work with aren’t able to express themselves with words, or even common body language. But they can express themselves through their style. And as I dress them in the morning, I see them in a very vulnerable state. Often times, while they’re being changed, the staff member does what’s easiest for them. But allowing the individuals to have the choice to wear what makes them feel good, despite their disability, can be very empowering. Thank you for this talk and bringing light onto something that often flies under the radar.



  41. MassDynamic on October 22, 2021 at 11:01 am

    i struggle to get myself dressed as well, though i don’t have any disabilities (that i know of). fashion is a subjective. as we can see from the past, the type of clothing that was considered "in style" was often dictated by the people that made the clothing. nowadays, popular media heavily influences the style of the younger generation. the ones that don’t conform to the "current fashion" are singled out. what you have to teach the kids is that you don’t have to wear what everyone else wears, that it’s ‘ok’ not to mindlessly follow the ‘trend’. can you really say for sure that what your choice of wardrobe was heavily influenced by media and the opinions of others? can you really say that your ‘fashion’ is an expression of your inner self and not your want to ‘blend in’ or to look like someone else?



  42. Level Horizons on October 22, 2021 at 11:01 am

    You felt like your son because your a boy



  43. suicune2001 on October 22, 2021 at 11:02 am

    A good way to make stuff like this mainstream is television shows. If characters on tv wore adaptive clothing, people would follow that trend.



  44. Matthew Jay on October 22, 2021 at 11:03 am

    I’m fuhklempt. 😢 This really touched me. ✋🏻



  45. kittykatkate924 on October 22, 2021 at 11:06 am

    This is amazing work!! Thank you for your efforts and creating real change!! Also, I couldn’t help but notice that you’re outfit looks amazing!! ❤



  46. Gulmira Abzhanova on October 22, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Great job!😍💪💪💪



  47. Debbie Ebbiebobebbie on October 22, 2021 at 11:08 am

    Thank you for this… my single pair of comfy yoga/pj’s thank you.



  48. Soukhin Saha on October 22, 2021 at 11:09 am

    your story made me cry….and thank you very much.



  49. Susanne Borchers on October 22, 2021 at 11:11 am

    thanks so much ….. sorry my englisch are so poor …… danke für die schönen worte



  50. Marie Araújo on October 22, 2021 at 11:13 am

    Maravilhoso!