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Clothing line opens fashion options for those with disabilities

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A new fashion trend is opening up the closet for those who would normally have limited options.

The fashion industry is taking notice of "adaptive apparel" which is clothing that addresses the physical difficulties some people face.

Adaptive clothing utilizes materials like Velcro and magnetic closures. They can also have sleeves and pants with adjustable length to make putting on clothes easier.

Justin Moy, like most teenage boys, admits he isn't much into fashion, but he is helping to pioneer new threads.

Justin works with fashion designers to help create adaptive apparel. He has a severe form of scoliosis and with limited arm movement, it makes putting on standard clothing difficult.

"I think it is important to show that even people with disabilities can wear a fashionable clothing style, and really that shows how equal people with disabilities can be to other people," Justin says.

One project Justin is helping with is the Open Style Lab at MIT.

"We try to raise awareness about inclusive design, and that disability is not just seen as a personal health condition, but it's part of the natural human experience," says Educational Director Grace Jun with the Open Style Lab.

Although the lab doesn't sell clothes to the public, mainstream retailers are taking notice.

Tommy Hilfiger has a line of adaptive wear for kids. Merchandise from ABL Denim, which makes jeans with limited mobility, can be purchased online from Walmart.

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