Question 1: Do you think clothing companies must do more to produce adaptive clothing lines that are more accessible and inclusive?

Your feedback: Yes  97% (38 respondents) No 3% (1 respondent)

Question 2: Do you think that current high street stores could improve on their accessibility?

Your feedback: Yes  95% (35 respondents) No 5% (2 respondents)

Your comments: 

Adaptive Clothing

“Really feel their could be space in the high street market for easy to wear clothing. Great topic! Well done to the student who is looking into it.”

“It’s important to remember all ages of people need accessible clothing, the range should accommodate a range of ages.”

“Rarely find clothing that’s adapted for me in high street. Rather I have to adapt to it. Usually have to buy from specialist companies at higher price for what I need.”

 “We need designers to look at more accessible clothing”

“Accessible clothing needs to be just as fashionable as regular clothing; there is no reason for accessible garments and equipment to be ugly, yet they always are because of lazy design. Why can’t it be both functional and fashionable?”

“Designers need to recognise that we are different; different shapes, sizes and capabilities e.g. some people carry out their daily tasks standing up / walking about whilst many others do the same tasks whilst seated. By not designing inclusively designers are potentially missing out on a huge market.”

“Major retailers don’t stock or promote adaptive clothing. This results in having to purchase via specialised retailers, which are often very expensive. A disability can often lead to reduced income (especially if you happen to be on some form of benefit) therefore affordable adaptive clothing is essential.”

High Street Accessibility 

“I once found the wheelchair access changing room being used to store rails and trolleys etc. I complained and was told they would do something. A week later the situation was worse so I took a photo and posted it on there Facebook page and sent in a complaint via there website. With in 24 hours I had a phone call from the manager who agreed it was not acceptable for this to happen. The area was clear with in 48 hours and told me to contract him if I noticed anything else so it is always worth reporting these issues”

“High street shops are missing out on the ‘purple pound’ by not making their shops and shopping experiences inclusive whether this is in relation to barrier free access, lighting, floor coverings, noise, displays, rail heights etc. There are many people who would welcome quiet shopping times without all the hustle and bustle and associated noise and this is another area high street shops could tap in to.”

“In terms of high streets, accessibility varies and some are better than others. The attitudes of staff is very important, as many are not trained on how to deal with disabled customers. As shopping is increasingly moving towards online, it is also vital that online accessibility is considered to ensure that websites are fully accessible.”

“As a deaf person many stores are too noisy and make it difficult to concentrate/communicate. I think particularly online it would be good to be able to order specific adaptions to suit individual needs.”