Technology (e.g. robotics, assistive technology, mHealth)
Debbie Hebert, MSc, OT Reg (Ont)
Associate Professor/Clinic Lead, Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic/Practice Lead, Occupational Therapy
University of Toronto/Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Persons living with disabilities may experience restrictions in the availability and accessibility of suitable and desirable clothing. Limitations in physical, sensory, or cognitive functions contribute to challenges in dressing and wearing some clothing designs. Significant research and development remains to be completed to ensure clothing is created with diverse populations to effectively support their autonomy, participation, and inclusion. This symposium discusses recent projects developing fashionable, functional, and inclusive clothing with persons with diverse abilities. A facilitated discussion explores concepts of adaptive and universal design, and opportunities for design and technological innovations to support inclusion.