Designing Products For the Disabled: the Case of Clothing

Naomi Reich, University of Arizona
ABSTRACT - The state-of-the-art in clothing for the disabled will be presented from both national and international perspectives. Information and research findings from past and present research, their impact and conclusions from a 1984 study leave abroad investigating the clothing and textile field in relation to the special needs of physically disabled consumers will be discussed. Research work will be discussed under eight main topics; design impact on clothing and aids, potential use of resource centers, research emphasis and its impact on manufacturers, need for improved sizing systems, developments in the use of computers to improve communications and education for disabled people, sat the role of source organizations and importance of conferences. The problem-solving approach utilized in the apparel design process, selection of ready-to-wear in the market place and possible garment modifications to meet the special needs of disabled people, especially arthritics, will be outlined. Availability of clothing and related resources for the disabled consumer will be discussed.
[ to cite ]:
Naomi Reich (1986) ,"Designing Products For the Disabled: the Case of Clothing", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 13, eds. Richard J. Lutz, Provo, UT : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 670.

Advances in Consumer Research Volume 13, 1986      Page 670

DESIGNING PRODUCTS FOR THE DISABLED: THE CASE OF CLOTHING

Naomi Reich, University of Arizona

ABSTRACT -

The state-of-the-art in clothing for the disabled will be presented from both national and international perspectives. Information and research findings from past and present research, their impact and conclusions from a 1984 study leave abroad investigating the clothing and textile field in relation to the special needs of physically disabled consumers will be discussed. Research work will be discussed under eight main topics; design impact on clothing and aids, potential use of resource centers, research emphasis and its impact on manufacturers, need for improved sizing systems, developments in the use of computers to improve communications and education for disabled people, sat the role of source organizations and importance of conferences. The problem-solving approach utilized in the apparel design process, selection of ready-to-wear in the market place and possible garment modifications to meet the special needs of disabled people, especially arthritics, will be outlined. Availability of clothing and related resources for the disabled consumer will be discussed.

For further information, write to:

Professor Naomi A. Reich / School of Family & Consumer Resources / University of Arizona / Tucson, Arizona 85721

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