Fashion-able: Innovators tackle clothing challenges for people with disabilities

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“Your clothing vocabulary shouldn’t be limited just because you have a certain physical condition.”

That is the mantra that Grace Teo and Alice Tin choose to live by after creating the OpenStyleLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.