One of my biggest pet peeves is finding a product that would be a great help for my son or daughter, then discovering the price is outrageous. Recently, it seems more businesses are offering products designed for individuals with disabilities at affordable prices.
Target recently announced they would be offering an adaptive clothing brand called "Cat and Jack." The clothes will have no tags or seams. Jackets have side openings. I am excited to see more products becoming available.
Recently, my husband came across an advertisement on Facebook for a pair of shoes that have been made for individuals who wear ankle-foot orthosis (AFOs). We got excited because getting a tennis shoe on with AFOs can be a challenge. The shoes' backs wear down quickly. My son has never outgrown a pair of shoes. They just wear out.
We had seen other shoes advertised. But the price was beyond our budget. So my husband and I set out to find more information about this shoe and its price. We talked to his doctor and his physical therapist. We asked if they had any concerns. They both thought it would be a great product and to let them know if we did use them.
The shoes are sold by Nike and they are called FlyEase. They have a zipper that goes around the back of the shoe. The shoes start around $58 and go up in price.
When they arrived, we showed my son and had him try them on. He was so excited because he could put them on himself. His foot just slides in through the back and it zips up around his foot. He jumped up and took off running. He yelled that he could run faster in these shoes. The shoes have held up really well. My son enjoys being able to put his own shoes on each day.
Learn more about adaptive equipment for children with disabilities and ways to find what is right for your child.
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