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Adaptive Clothing for Young People (Ages 10-24)

Adaptive Clothing for Young People (Ages 10-24)

The purpose of the research study is to empower young people disabled in the activity of dressing for greater independence and self-expression by identifying current needs in the clothing industry and developing prototypes based on the identified needs. Quantitative and qualitative data will be gathered from participants via two methods (survey and interview) to identify adaptive clothing needs of young people with disabilities, as measured by the perceptions of caregivers and individuals between the ages of 18-24 who are their own guardian.

Participant Eligibility

1. In order to be included in the study participants must meet the following criteria:

a) A caregiver of a young person between ages 10-24 with a physical disability impacting dressing or
an individual between the ages 18-24 with a physical disability impacting dressing who is their
own legal guardian.
b) Speaks English fluently
c) Able to comprehend and respond to written survey and interview questions

2. Individuals will not be eligible for participation in the study if any of the following criteria is met:

a) All persons outside of the young people age group and those that do not experience adaptive
clothing needs for dressing
b) Non-English speaking individuals


Kayla Deaton
(260) 494-8750

Additional Study Details

Full Study Title
Caregiver and Young People’s Perceptions of Unmet Adaptive Clothing Needs Within the Clothing Industry

Study ID: 1-28-2020
Start Date: 01/28/2020
End Date: 01/28/2021

Kayla Deaton, OTDS
Dr. Ruth Ford, Associate Dean of Health Sciences and OTD Program Director
Michael Tranquilli, MA, OTR/L

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Study Site(s)

Huntington University Occupational Therapy Doctoral Program

1819 Carew Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805


Use the link below to send a message to the study coordinator, or call the number above to speak directly with a study representative.

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