For Injured Dresher Woman, Local Company That Sells Adaptive Clothing Is Game Changer

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Following an injury to her arm, Jane Byers of Drasher turned to Manayunk-based Smart Adaptive Clothing for stylish, easy-to-put-on clothes. Image via The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Following an injury to her arm, Jane Byers of Dresher turned to Manayunk-based Smart Adaptive Clothing for stylish, easy-to-put-on clothes, writes Terri Akman for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

After fracturing her arm in two places, Byers was struggling to get dressed. The injury was preventing her from putting on any shirts that went over her head. However the small company proved to be a game changer.

“I bought a very attractive black blouse and I love it because there are no buttons, just Velcro,” said Byers. “I couldn’t do buttons with my broken right arm and I was fumbling with my left hand. But I could stick the Velcro together. I didn’t want my husband to help me get dressed, I wanted to get dressed myself.”

Adaptive apparel is specifically designed to make it easier for people with physical disabilities to get dressed. The Manayunk business opened three years ago and is currently offering 12 options, including shirt dresses.

After the pandemic began, the founder Nancy Connor also started adding reusable face masks, inspired by Vito Cosmo, former president of the Parkinson’s Council in Bala Cynwyd, who died from COVID-19.

Read more about Smart Adaptive Clothing at The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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