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Inspiredbylaceyshea to make adaptive clothing for disabled
Jul '13
Three sisters – on a mission to change the world one garment at a time – have revolutionised the way children with autism and disabilities are dressed by creating innovative and practical easy access, adaptive clothes. Ann Boer, Kay Rault and Lois Walsh, all from South Australia, work together as a dedicated team that designs and manufactures easy on, easy off clothes especially created for children with autism and/or cerebral palsy. Today, their company, Inspired by Lacey Shea, offers adaptive clothing for disabled children and adults, including the elderly.

Ann Boer, who is the marketing manager of Inspired by Lacey Shea says, “As we are a young company, we are constantly adding to, and improving, our range to help improve the lives of others. Our long-term plan is to continue to increase the children’s wear range and introduce more garments suited to Aged Care.

Helping a person with dementia to take a shower, groom, or get dressed, unable to cooperate, can be extremely stressful and time consuming. It is our aim to alleviate the time and stress by developing a range of clothing that will save time and energy by making the garments easy to get on and easy to get off without compromising the dignity of the wearer. All people deserve to look good and feel comfortable.”

Ann Boer’s granddaughter, Lacey Shea, is the inspiration for the sisters’ joint venture. Lacey Shea suffers from severe cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy as a result of two strokes around the time of her birth, and is wholly dependent on her family for everything – from eating to dressing – due to her paralysis. The designs for each garment are inspired by Lacey Shea and further enhanced by parents’ wishes for easy on, easy off clothing that is both smart and trendy.

Ann says, “Aside from having Lacey in our family, we have also been fortunate to witness the difficulties faced when caring for the aged – having seen support workers care for the elderly who are restricted for various reasons, mostly due to their cognitive and/or motor skills. Following several discussions with professionals involved with caring for the aged, we have been working on similar ‘easy on, easy off’ designs and garments that will be of great benefit to both carer and wearer.”

Inspired by Lacey Shea now offers All-in-one Underwear with a unisex design available in sizes 4-12 for children and comes in small, medium and large sizes for adults. Minimizing mess and self-undressing, these garments are ideal for all who are challenged with dementia or autism. This adaptive garment for disabled children and adults is made of high quality cotton and is soft against the skin while allowing a slight stretch in fabric for comfort.

The design of this poly cotton jersey garment includes fastening at the back of the shoulders using one button each, and joined at the waist encasing soft elastic which denies the wearer access so that they cannot remove their garments without assistance. Available in three bright, happy colours for kids and white for adults, this All-in-one underwear is also available with or without a crotch opening. This latest addition to the range of adaptive clothing for disabled children and adults is both machine washable and quick drying.

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