Clothing For All: Adapting Fashion for People with Disabilities

Most of us button a shirt or tie our shoelaces without a second thought, but it can be a daily challenge for the billion people globally who live with disabilities.

A startup in Tel Aviv is addressing that challenge by encouraging fashion brands to make their clothes more accessible – using magnetic buttons, velcro closures, and clasps to make fastening possible when sitting, standing or lying down.

Palta operates the world’s first certification program for garments and products deemed inclusive for people who have difficulty dressing because they are autistic, have cerebral palsy, arthritis, or other motor impairments. Its certification analyzes data and user feedback, and uses 3D modeling to improve the inclusivity of brands’ clothing.