DIY Adaptive Clothing for Wheelchair Users
Creating wheelchair adaptive clothing for my son has been something I have done behind the scenes for a few years now. It is really difficult to find fun and cool clothes for kids in wheelchairs. This post will share two different ways to adapt a sweatshirt for a wheelchair or stroller user. I will also share a great savings program with you that we use for my son. ABLEnow® is a special savings account for people with disabilities, scroll down to learn more and for your chance to win $500 towards your own ABLEnow account! This post was sponsored by ABLEnow®. I have been compensated for this post but all ideas and opinions are my own. PLUS:Check out THESE wheelchair access sticker cut files.
DIY Adaptive Clothing for Wheelchair Users
What is ABLEnow?
The ABLEnow savings plan is one of the premier ABLE programs and enrollment is open to residents of all 50 states. The ABLEnow savings program allows you to save money for disability related expenses. It also allows your friends and family to contribute to the account and thus these expenses. The BEST part about this account is that it will not be held against you for benefits you might receive, such as Social Security and Medicaid. This is a HUGE relief, as medical expenses and living expenses can be significantly debilitating as a person with a disability.
Why we use ABLEnow:
My son is in a wheelchair and as a blogger I am very lucky to be able to stay home to take care of him. When he gets older, he will go away to college or get a job and he will need money to find a home that is wheelchair accessible. He will also need money to hire a helper to get him in and out of his chair and to help with day to da needs. We used to worry that if we saved too much for his future, he wouldn’t be able to get the assistance he needed for medical bills. This savings account means that together with our family and friends we can save for his future without fear of losing vital benefits.
The ABLEnow account was surprisingly easy to open. All we needed was a note from my son’s doctor verifying his disability, which we keep for our records. A few screens of information later and the account was all setup and ready to go. If you have a disability or know someone with a disability, I highly recommend having them check out ABLEnow to see if it is something that might be beneficial for them. To find out more about eligibility for ABLEnow, head HERE.
And if you do have an account or are going to open one make sure and enter this sweepstakes for your chance at $500 for your AbleNow savings account.
Wheelchair Clothing Patterns:
When you search the internet form wheelchair clothing patterns there isn’t much to choose from. There aren’t many resources for finding clothing patterns to create. And honestly there are only a handful of companies who are making adaptive clothing. Even then I have found that most of the adaptive clothing doesn’t always fit my son’s needs perfectly.
When I do find something that works it is only available in one color and finding the right size is certainly not guaranteed. So I usually take matters into my own hands to adapt pre-made clothing so that it works for wheelchair accessibility. So you can expect to see more projects and tutorials like this from me in the future!
No Sew (or low sew) Sweatshirt:
Why I made it:
With low muscle strength in the upper body it is very difficult to get a hooded sweatshirt onto my son. He can’t help with the sleeves so it is difficult to get his arms through and it is hard to get the sweatshirt to go all the way down his back without him leaning all the way over and kissing his knees.
What you need:
Hem tape OR Sewing machine
Sweatshirt or shirt
What to do:
- Turn your sweatshirt inside out. Cut along the side seams. Continue cutting along the sleeve seam. You can cut all the way to the wrist or leave the wrist band in tact (this is the option that I chose in the video below.)
- Cut 2 1/2″ strips of a fusible interfacing. I used a firm craft interfacing so that I had a strong base for the next steps.
- Press the interfacing to the edges of the sweatshirt.
- Use hem tape to fold the raw edges under by 1/4″.
- OR Sew the raw edges under 1/4″ using a straight or a zig zag stitch.
- Attach snaps along the sides and up the sleeves.
Have questions about ABLEnow or this adaptive clothing for wheelchair users? Share with me in the comments below.
PIN Adaptive Clothing for Wheelchair Users:
ABLEnow sponsored this post. I have been compensated for this post. All ideas and opinions are my own. Read more about ABLEnow HERE.