I was introduced to this company a few weeks ago and I knew immediately that I had to share their clothing line with you. An entire clothing line designed specifically for the special needs population that addresses safety and independence doesn’t come around very often. This is not a sponsored post. I wholeheartedly appreciate what this company is doing and can’t wait to be a customer.
At a time when wandering has become a serious issue for autism families, I’m completely surprised I hadn’t heard of Independence Day Clothing before. What doesn’t surprise me is that it was created by a mother of an autistic child who realized how much of an issue it had become. Lauren Thierry was a news anchor for CNN when she had left to care for her son. During the creation of her documentary, Autism Every Day, she become aware of two very important issues in our community: wandering and independence. These challenges are often conflicting as a child grows older. We want our children to learn to be independent as much as possible, but the simple act of dressing can be difficult and letting them learn to do things away from us with the fear of wandering is often horrifying.
With the help of a phenomenal business team made up of people from fashion, design, special education, media and finance sectors of New York City, they came together to create a line of clothing that everyone could put on frontwards, backwards; without buttons, tags or zippers that also was stylish and technology friendly. This allowed not only the freedom to dress themselves, have gps enabled devices to make sure they were safe, but also controlled sensory issues that most autistic children have.
Pretty soon they will even have Kiddie and Adult sizes available, not only for the autistic community but for the elderly as well! Everything they make is designed for the purpose of safety and helping to gain a bit more of an independent life.
Independence Day Clothing partnered with Phoenix 5 Global Tracking to provide a convenient locator that can be added to most of their clothing optionally; that includes Tech Support. The GPS Locator is called EMPOWER. It weighs less than 1 ounce and is smaller than 1″x2″. The battery has a life of 7 days (under normal performance) which can matter a great deal to families with wanderers. The best part is, the locator also comes with a Personal Alert Button that can send an SMS to 2 mobile phones and unlimited email addresses. This way you can have your whole family making sure that your loved one is safe.
ID offers their GPS device free ($129 Retail Value) exclusively to ID customers, with a one time activation fee of $69.95 plus one month service on a 12 month agreement of $14.95. If you feel you would have trouble paying the GPS Subscription fees, they provide information on how to receive funding through the Justice Department’s Byrne grant program as well.
Once Kiddie sizes are available, I will be picking up an outfit for Tot and then I can share our experience with you! We’ve been looking into a tracker for Tot since last summer and this is the best concept I’ve seen. Honestly, there is no competition when it comes to style, sensory and safety.
You can find more about them on their Facebook Page and/or @IndDay_Clothing. Share your kids ID style and be a part of the Reverse Nation by following on Instagram and/or using #IDreversenation #independenceforall and #IDClothing Hashtags!