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Lack of Appropriate Clothing Can Hinder People with Disabilities

Apparel manufacturers could play a vital role in helping people with disabilities navigate barriers

 


ResearcherAllison Kabel, assistant professor of health sciences, says apparel manufacturers could play a vital role in helping people with disabilities navigate social barriers by providing more accessible clothing options

Allison Kabel, assistant professor of health sciences, says apparel manufacturers could play a vital role in helping people with disabilities navigate social barriers by providing more accessible clothing options
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Story posted: Dec. 05, 2016

By: Sheena Rice

COLUMBIA, Mo. – There are many important events in a person’s life, including weddings, graduations, school dances and job interviews. The clothing industry has long profited from these events and the special clothing they require. However, according to new research from the University of Missouri, approximately 30 million Americans living with mobility challenges and impairments lack the appropriate clothing required for social engagements, work and exercise. Following this new study researchers suggest that apparel manufacturers could play a vital role in helping people navigate social barriers by providing more accessible clothing options.