Adaptive Clothing for Disabled Makes Dressing Children with Permanent or Temporary Disability Stress-free for Parents and Children
SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Australia February, 2013 – According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics: Autism in Australia 2009, a child is born every 18 hours that has or will develop Cerebral Palsy. Ann Boer, Marketing Manager at Inspired by Lacey Shea, understands the impact that caring for children with autism, cerebral palsy or other temporary and permanent disabilities can have on the parents and the entire family.
In fact, Ann intimately reveals that the seed for her disabled adaptive clothing business was planted in 2010 after a visit to her son’s home in Port Macquarie, New South Wales. Ann shares, “My granddaughter, Lacey has severe cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy as a result of two strokes around the time of her birth. Having visited from South Australia on several occasions, I witnessed the frustration of Lacey’s parents, Mick and Tara, at the growing challenge they faced on a daily basis when dressing Lacey. Blind and with stiff limbs, Lacey constantly stressed when garments were pulled down over her head, and then the constant struggle to get her arms into the garments while having very stiff arms became a nightmare.” www.inspiredbylaceyshea.com.au/
Ann and two of her sisters decided to design and develop a range of clothing that not only looked good, but also helped improve the quality of life for both the carer and the wearer – easy on, easy off. The Inspired by Lacey Shea range was launched online in 2012 and is owned and designed by three South Australian sisters: Ann Boer; Kay Rault; and Lois Walsh.
Ann says, “Our aim is to provide easy on easy off clothing for children with disabilities, whether permanent or temporary. Dressing any child or getting them to dress themselves can sometimes be a challenge for the best of parents, but for children with autism or cerebral palsy this can be a particularly harrowing experience. These easy access clothes really do reduce the amount of time and stress spent dressing, making dressing dramas a thing of the past.” www.inspiredbylaceyshea.com.au/
Inspired by Lacey Shea designs and manufactures adaptive, comfortable, and stylish clothing for children living with disabilities like cerebral palsy. The colourful clothing range designed by the three sisters makes it easier and safer for families and support workers to dress and undress children in their care and is practical and suitable for everyday use. The garments are made in South Australia of quality materials to ensure they last and are cost-effective. The ‘easy on and off’ designs also incorporate special adaptations to accommodate medical devices. Kay is the designer and she uses her dressmaking knowledge to translate the wishes of parents for smart and trendy ‘easy on and easy off’ clothing into practical garments.
To find out more about this unique range of adaptive clothing for disabled children, visit www.inspiredbylaceyshea.com.au/.
- Contact Information
- Ann Boer
- Marketing Manager
- Inspired by Lacey Shea
- (61) 0421 600 623
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