Clothing for the Handicapped

Clothing for the Handicapped, the Aged, and Other People with Special Needs

This is actually a very useful concept for a book.  (We posted one at ALB with a similar topic.  Click here to compare to take a look.) I hope public libraries everywhere have a book on this topic.  I also hope that they are within a decade in publication date.  No one wants to dress like it’s 1979, including the “handicapped, aged, and other people with special needs.”  In fact, today’s fashions are potentially more complicated than they were in 1979 with different fasteners, more pieces, and different draping.  Fashion aside, there are also medical and technological considerations.  There are fancier wheel chairs and different-shaped crutches.  There are medical advances in things like tracheatomies, colostomies, and even dialysis that require access to the body, which can be disguised by or accessed through clothing differently too!  Anyone have any suggestions for newer/better titles?

Thanks for the submission, anonymous submitter!



  1. Not to mention phrases like “the handicapped” and “the disabled” are probably best shelved too.

    Have colostomy bags really gotten awesomer? My late father had one and it wasn’t too awesome!

    Thanks for the post – I like this site!

  2. No pictures? And I’m glad they used the term ‘special needs’ instead of that other term that starts with the letter ‘r’. What is the best term these days, anyway? 🙂

  3. That would be intellectually developmentally disabled, wouldn’t it? Although the condition in itself doesn’t necessarily call for special clothes – maybe simpler fasteners – but this decade’s clothes are already pretty easy to put on. I haven’t got a thing I can’t pull on.

  4. Sorry, L.B., but you’re able to search inside the book over at Amazon. A search of the ‘r’ word returns at least 33 matches, and two sub-chapters contain the word as well.

  5. Texchanchan, there’s actually a whole category of clothing for people who have developmental delay or other problems such as dementia and are prone to taking their clothes off, which are deliberately far *more* difficult to put on and take off than normal clothing – sometimes called “locking clothing”.

    The first PEG (gastric feeding tube) operation was performed in 1979, so won’t be mentioned in this book. PEGs are now pretty common in people with high-level needs, and I’ve seen several clothing ranges designed with G-tube access flaps. Another thing making this book out of date.

  6. My grandmother and her two sisters used to have a business making this type of clothing! I even modeled a few things for them once when I was in elementary school in the late 80’s/early 90’s. Definitely out of date now, though.