Fashion for the Disabled

Fashion is not something that should be reserved for the non-disabled. You can have a disability and still enjoy the positive feelings that everyone experiences when they know they look nice. Looking good helps you feel good, regardless of your abilities. 

 

Since many fashions are not designed to accommodate a disability, it is necessary to be creative. You can enjoy fashion if you are willing to take a little time and make some adjustments or changes in how you purchase your clothing and accessories. 

 

For example, if you use braces for your legs, there is no reason that you cannot enjoy wearing knee-high boots. Instead of searching for boots in your regular size, look for boots that offer extended calf sizes. These boots often easily fit over the braces and allow you to enjoy these high fashion items. 

 

Another example would be a poncho designed for wheelchair use. You do not have to go out covered in lap robes and bulky, ill-fitting coats. A wheelchair poncho covers you and your chair, looks fashionable, and keeps you dry and warm. Add a beautiful broach to set off the entire look! 

 

Take advantage of clothes that make you feel good and are easy to manage. You can enhance any outfit with scarves, jewellery, and other similar accessories. Wearing clothes that make you feel happy or are your favourite colour is also a great choice. When you feel good about what you wear, you look good wearing it. 

 

Always look for opportunities to find clothing that you can have altered to accommodate your needs. Love that dress but cannot manage the zipper? Have someone replace the zipper with velcro. Do you want to try out a different style but are afraid to spend money and not like the look? Shop some charity shops to try out the style and if you like it, search for something new. There are always options.  

 

It is important to remember that your fashion does not have to conform to any certain style or to any certain designer. Your fashion should be a reflection of you and what you love. Embracing what makes you happy is part of leading a joyful life, despite any challenges you physically may endure. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).