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M&S Release ‘Easy Dressing’ Range for Children with Disabilities

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By Al Ferguson

Al Ferguson is the CEO and founder of The Dadsnet.

Published on 27/09/2018

Is this a high street first?

M&S have launched a brand new easy -dressing range designed to help children with a multitude of sensory and physical needs. 

The range is designed specifically with special needs in mind and is made from the softest of materials. The products are designed to look like their standard range but have discreet adaptions to make dressing and undressing easier. 

Marks & Spencer said, ‘There are around 1.5 million children in the UK who have a sensory or physical disability,’ 

‘So after talking to parents and experts, we’ve developed an easy-dressing range for kids that’s fun to wear, plus the designs are the same as our standard range, so kids have the choice to wear the same cool clothes as their friends or siblings. From all-in-ones that allow for a cast (for hip dysplasia) to tees and dresses with discreet pockets for feeding tubes, the range uses the softest materials, the fewest seams possible and hidden care labels that won’t irritate sensitive skin.’

The fashion retailer used children with Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, and hip dysplasia, to model bodysuits, detachable jackets, coats, and trousers with spaces for nappies and leg openings to aid a comfortable and easier clothing change.

Easy to dress range picture
Picture: M&S

One mum, who was given a preview of the range explained how it worked well for her twins, Edward and Celia.

‘Edward has hemiplegia, which is cerebral palsy that affects his right side. He has limited control and movement in his arm and leg and epilepsy. We use a wheelchair a lot of the time, particularly when Edward’s tired,’ she said ‘That’s why this range is great. The velcro fastening down the back of the sweater and bodywarmer means I can easily get Edward ready to go out when he’s in his wheelchair. ‘I haven’t seen anything else like this before – Edward loved how cool they looked. The dress Celia wore is in the standard and adapted range too, meaning it can also be removed easily with the velcro strip. I’m sure loads of girls out there will love to wear it – Celia did!’

hey’ve priced the range incredibly well starting at £2.50 – £26. You can see the easy dressing range here.

Good work M&S! 

We now very much look forward to hearing about the new fully-accessible toilets in new stores.

An M&S spokesman said, “We are committed to being an accessible retailer and are actively researching ways in which we can include Changing Places toilets in new store openings in the future.”

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