Last week I had the pleasure of meeting with the new president of O’More College, David Rosen. He gave me a wonderful tour of the campus and invited me to speak with the student body to tell my story, the story of the wonderful amputees I work with, and the mission of Fitsme Fashion. I cannot wait until young designers are giving their attention to new looks for those with missing or partial limbs and are solving the every day problems with design featuress in their Design for a Cause class. I was thrilled that David really “gets it.” He understands the power of clothes, of accessibility, of just-in-time custom clothes manufacturing — and how all of this can change the world for the over 30 million amputees.
Winner of the UX Magazine 2014 international Design for Experience award in the accessibility category, I am excited about guiding young designers to invent more hidden and accent pieces that will allow for ease in dressing, as well as assistance with every day tasks while also giving onlookers a chance to comment on fabulous never- before-seen designs instead of staring without words – giving amputees back their dignity and a chance to feel more normal.