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Runway of Dreams Works to Make Cool Clothes Accessible

Models of all abilities kicked off New York Fashion Week with a runway event that showed off some of the adaptive styles available mainstream.

For one in five Americans living with a disability, something as simple as getting dressed each day can be a challenge. Mindy Scheier is a fashion designer by trade, and mom to Oliver who has a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy. When they struggled to find jeans that Oliver could wear to school like his friends did, she realized that millions of people around the world were also struggling to find fashionable clothing that meets their needs.

That's why Scheier founded The Runway of Dreams Foundation, working toward a world where adaptive clothing for people with disabilities is mainstream. The foundation kicked off New York's Fashion Week with their annual Fashion Revolution Event, an adaptive fashion show featuring models of all abilities (watch all the way to the end to see Gabe Adams, an internationally recognized break dancer with no limbs on the runway):

Among the models at this year's event: "America's Got Talent" Mandy Harvey, a professional singer who is deaf, model and actress Jamie Brewer and model Madeline Stuart, who were both born with Down Syndrome. Stuart received this year's Inspirational Achievement Award.

The fashion show featured clothing by Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive , Zappos Adaptive , and Kohl's Adaptive . Adaptive clothes are designed to be easier to put on, without things like buttons and zippers that are barrier for people with disabilities.

"We are very excited and proud to present our 4th annual Fashion Revolution Event, celebrating inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities as part of the fashion conversation," said Scheier,

Mindy Scheier with a young model.

Click here to find out more about the foundation and how they're partnering with top brands and retailers to integrate wearable technology and design modifications in to their clothing lines to make them more accessible.

For more information on how to find accessible clothing, click on the links to the manufacturers above, or e-mail Runway of Dreams at

(Video and images: Runway of Dreams, and Runway of Dreams Facebook page )

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