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Formerly a designer for Federated Department Stores, the brand that owns Macy and Bloomingdale Scheier began making adjustments to already made clothing to empower her (a term she prefers to disabled) son. With the modifications Scheier added hidden magnets to button down shirts and pants with easy access to leg braces Oliver can dress himself and dress like other kids at school in the latest fashions.
But Scheier sought to do more than improve the quality of her own son life which led her to create Runway of Dreams, a nonprofit that advocates for modified mainstream clothing for children and young adults.
Last month Scheier partnered with children clothing retailer Fishman Tobin to make sample items for a local fashion show. She also about to close a deal with an undisclosed brand to include clothing options for differently abled children.
There has been a recent push for disability inclusion in high fashion. During February New York Fashion Week, Jamie Brewer, an actress and activist with Down syndrome walked in Carrie Hammer show. Afterward, fashion company FTL Moda put on a runway show during NYFW comprised of a diverse mix of disabled and able bodied models and the first amputee to walk the NYFW catwalk.
Today and tomorrow, March 10, Runway of Dreams is holding a two day shopping benefit at 68 Rockledge Drive, Livingston, NJ. on Tuesday, shoppers are invited to explore various clothing and accessories with 15 percent of all proceeds going directly to Runway of Dreams.