People often make mistakes in choosing their apparel with all 5 sense organs working properly. Have you ever wondered how difficult it is for those people who are visually impaired and they have to choose their clothes? Adaptive clothing is those type of garments which are designed to offer stylish solutions to ease the life of people facing mobility, sensory, and cognitive challenges.
Freedom in dressing is an important skill for everyone including those who are blind or visually impaired.
It may take a longer time to master these skills but and initiative is a must. It is important for the individual to develop clothing management skills. In this segment, we will talk about adaptive clothing tips for blind and visually impaired people.
let’s make clothing easier for blinds:
Every garment is different from another on the basis of its buttons, fabric, texture, design, etc. The things which make adaptive clothing different are their belts, closure, and different kinds of pockets. The feel helps blind people to differentiate between clothes.
It can be best taught by hand-in-hand process from standing behind the person. It can be taught at regular day routine practice like taking on and off shoes and socks, pulling zippers, pushing a button into the buttonhole, opening, and closing Velcro types of clothes etc. All these activities will promote independence in clothing and developing more active sensations in their mind which will keep them more aware of their surroundings.
Dress Drawer Organization
Keeping clothes in an organized manner is important for blind people. It will help them in remembering the locations of the items. It can be taught to them by putting different types of clothing neatly in separate drawers. If due to some reasons the person doesn’t have different drawers then you should keep the clothes in different racks. Braille or print labels should be placed on the drawers to help them with identifying the type of clothes. Plastic ice cubes trays can be used to store small items like accessories which include jewelry, watches, and tie tacks.
Special Labelling Products
Labeling the products is like giving a lifeline to the people having visual disabilities. Some of the best labelling are Braille Clothing Identifiers that are durable and washable. They can be pinned on to the garment. Next is Color mates Clothing Identifiers which are of different shapes on safety pins to mix, identify, and match wardrobe items. Buttons Clothing Identifiers which come in a package of eight buttons, one button per color, and all in different shapes.
Visually challenged people should be taught to arrange their closet which is a tough task to do. Demonstrate to them how the coats can be hanged on a hook. Make them practice activities every day. The actual cues can be used to identify a hook or a plastic separator and after getting this it would be easier for them to arrange all the clothes. It can also be done for the arrangements of footwear. They should be taught to place their different types of footwear on different containers and label them properly. This will help them in remembering where things were placed before.
In previous years people have endeavored and thrived to make sure that all people, no matter the gender, color, caste or even disabilities have access to quality clothing. There are many dressing options available for people having visual disabilities. There are various dressing options available for people having different types of disabilities. Introduction of adaptive clothing has made life easier for blind and visually impaired people too.