Adaptive Clothing Kit

Adaptive Clothing Kit

Kate Reed and Nathaniel Tong

Having a disability often means a lack of privacy and independence. We wanted to create a series of attachments to help in getting dressed for people lacking fine motor skills. All of our creations are adaptations to clothing, so there is no cutting or sewing required.


The button we designed makes it much easier for anyone to button up their shirt, jacket, or pants. It is put through the original hole on their clothing, and left there until its ready to use. On one side, it has a faux button making it look normal to the outside world. On the other side there is a mouth for the regular button to slide into. This way, the person can pull one side of the garment over the other and easily close it up.


The zipper is made to hang off of a regular zipper. It's much larger and easier to grasp with their entire hand. It can be pulled up or down, but not only does it zipper the pants, it can be dragged across to a belt loop or pocket to close the pants without the need of a button. If that's not enough, you can always use it in conjuction with our button.

Bra Clasp:

If buttons and zippers are hard enough, the clasp on a bra will be even harder. It's not only on your back, but equally small, if not smaller. What we are doing is adding a longer piece of fabric and larger fasteners which cross in the back, closing it, and then go around to the front so you can fasten it. This way, they can put the bra on, bend forward, pull the fabric around to the front, and fasten.

Pocket Helper:

Since we are on the topic of getting clothes on easier and without assistance, we also thought using the clothes would be helpful too. Most of us use our pockets a lot, taking our phones and wallets in and out way too often than we should. Our device attaches to the bottom of a pocket so that when it is twisted you can easily fit something inside your pocket. Once you want to take that item out, you can pull up on the hook and the entire pocket will come up exposing the item.