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JAM adaptive clothing review

Finding the right clothing can be a challenge for people living with a disability for a variety of reasons. Once Braeden moved from the children’s clothing section to the adult department I found it much harder. It’s not that Braeden has particularly difficult needs but when we are assisting him in the bathroom and when he gets dressed we need clothing that’s easy. Braeden has a lot of movement so when he is standing while I pull up his pants it’s a challenge in itself without having to deal with a fiddly zipper and button fly. When I shop for clothing I look for elastic waisted pants without a zipper or buttons and with a wide enough leg opening to get over a pair of shoes. Braeden bottom shuffles so he wears through pants at a rapid pace so he has his holey pants and his good pants. The holeys go on while he’s at home and then there is a quick swap over to good pants before he heads out the door. After a recent search for appropriate clothing I popped a question on the Have Wheelchair Will Travel Facebook page about adaptive clothing. Not long after I was contacted by Molly from JAM, an Australian adaptive clothing brand. Molly offered Braeden the chance to try JAM’s cargo pants which we’ve just done. As always, I wanted to share the experience with you all in the hope it might assist someone else.

Review of JAM adaptive clothing - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

JAM adaptive clothing review

JAM has a backstory that makes my heart sing. The inclusive clothing brand was founded by two occupational therapists, Emma and Molly, both of which also have experience working as disability support workers. I love the practical background their work as support workers brings to the brand. In fact, the name JAM comes from their work with two clients who live with a disability, Jack and Maddie, the combination creating JAM, or as Molly and Emma say, “the heart of everything we do.”

Review of JAM adaptive clothing - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Braeden absolutely loves his fashion. As many of you who have been following along for a while will know he delights in having a huge wardrobe of choices of t-shirts and shirts. Note the Spongebob print on the shirt pictured above. When it comes to pants his wardrobe is far more vanilla. I tend to buy multiples of the same pants because it is so difficult to find something just right, so it was a delight to see him striding it out in new cargo pants.

Review of JAM adaptive clothing - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

The JAM cargo pants are made of a soft, good quality fabric which has a really pleasant feel to it. Not at all scratchy or abrasive. The magic of the pants comes in the many design hidden, only noticeable to the user.

Review of JAM adaptive clothing - Have Wheelchair Will Travel




When Braeden was younger Hubby’s mum would take all his winter school pants and sew long zippers into the legs. The idea being that Braeden could wear his holey pants while on the go, he’d then get his shoes on, have a last minute bathroom stop and the pants would easily go on over his shoes and he’d be out the door. It was the best gift she could give me every year. Sad, but as many parents will know, it’s the little things that make for an easier day when caring. So, it’s fab to see that JAM has this feature integrated in their cargo pants.

Review of JAM adaptive clothing - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Braeden doesn’t need the side opening but I can imagine this would be super helpful for many people changing someone with a disability or assisting with dressing while someone is lying down.

Review of JAM adaptive clothing - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

In fact both sides of the pants can be opened.

Review of JAM adaptive clothing - Have Wheelchair Will Travel

There are no fiddly buttons on the cargo pant pockets, instead magnets are used. This is great for anyone with fine motor challenges.

We noticed there is a greater ease when pulling up the pants with the stretchy fabric. The belt loops can be used for rocking a fashionable belt or to assist with grasping when pulling the pants up. The only thing we’d like to see is a greater range of colours in the cargo pants but I’m sure as the brand grows so will the choice, so let’s get behind them.

We were gifted the cargo pants but honestly I love both the backstory of JAM and the quality and features of the product. I hope that Molly and Emma do really well with this endeavour and they get the support of the disability community. The girls have both experience and passion.

If you’d like to check out the full range of JAM clothing you can do so on the website. And yes, you can use your NDIS funding to purchase clothing.




 

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