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Parsons School of Design Has Partnered with Special Olympics to Design Uniforms for Athletes of All Abilities

Illustration of 5 different uniform designs.
A prototype of a uniform designed for Special Olympics New York athlete Liza Ambrosini.

The following is an excerpt from the article titled Inclusion Through Uniforms written by Micah Wimmer and published by FanSided

How can athletic uniforms be more inclusive? Through a new partnership, Special Olympics and Parsons School of Design try to answer that question.

A partnership between Special Olympics and the Parsons School of Design is working to rectify this situation by designing uniforms for Special Olympics athletes. These designs take into account the athletes’ disabilities and work to reverse the process that has too often left such persons ignored in the fashion world

“In almost three decades in the Fashion Industry I have seen and participated in all manner of collaborations but none more impressive, immersive and brilliant as that between the Special Olympics and Parsons. To witness and help guide both the designers and the athletes working side by side with their professors to create groundbreaking designs for everyone to enjoy and wear is the essence of inclusion” said Special Olympics Champion Ambassador, Nigel Barker who participated during the midterm and final classes to critique the students’ designs.

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