Fitting In Without Changing Who You Are (Ep 148)

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Fitting in is important to everyone. I love the trend I'm seeing in the community of helping people with disabilities fit in in a comfortable way. Feeldom is a great resource to truly provide One Bag for All!

On a recent trip to the Wisconsin State Fair, I saw so many different options of mobility devices for both adults and children and it reminded me about Feeldom Bags! These are a set of accessible bags that can be easily attached to wheelchairs and walkers and they allow the user so much freedom, a greater range of independence, and an increased ease of access. 

It's really important as we get into the grind of the school year that we are making sure that we are supporting our students who have disabilities, who have different needs to access their environment, that we're helping them fit in, by not making them change, but by supporting their unique needs. 

At the Master IEP Coach® Leadership Conference this summer, I brought these bags to share with our community. The teachers that were in attendance were showing me pictures of their own students using grocery bags and tote bags hanging off their wheelchair and other mobility devices because they needed so many ways to carry their items. Going back to school shopping and finding the perfect backpack for their year is a THING for a lot of students. And let's face it, we probably haven't thought enough about how a backpack can best fit the needs of our students with disabilities. But Feeldom has thought about it and it's GREAT!

 

One Bag for All!

Feeldom actually first started because the company's designer was asked to design a bag for the US Paralympic team that can hold all the equipment, clothing, orthotics, nutritional needs, and everything else that previously had to travel in multiple bags held by their caregivers. From there, Feeldom was born!

When we think of accessibility supports, we can't limit ourselves to just wheelchair ramps. This means we have to consider everything down to the perfect bag to help a child access their education and their community. Moms know: it takes a lot of work to get out of the house with everyone's stuff! Add everything that comes with assistive technology and mobility needs, WE NEED THIS!

Feeldom Bags are high-quality, easy-access, secured bags that allow everyone to fit into their community comfortably. It's a complete representation of where our world is going in helping our students and our adults with disabilities be able to access their environment. Walking around with a bunch of grocery bags trying to hold all your stuff is no longer acceptable. It's time that we start advocating as parents, teachers, as siblings, to make sure that our students have the high-quality tools that they need to fit into our community by being exactly who they are. 

Check out the links below to grab your Feeldom Bag today! When we're working together as an IEP Team, we are genuinely preparing a child for further education, employment, and independent living and that means that we have to pay attention to the details. Everything from what are we going to learn in academics, what life skills are we working on, and what accessories and supports do we need to make all this happen so that our students who have disabilities truly become equal members of our community, both inside and outside of school. 

 

Here's a glance at the episode... 

[2:45] "We probably haven't thought enough about how a backpack can best fit the needs of our students with disabilities. But Feeldom has thought about it and it's GREAT!

[6:30] "Moms know: it takes a lot of work to get out of the house with everyone's stuff! Add everything that comes with assistive technology and mobility needs, WE NEED THIS!"

[9:50] "Everything from what are we going to learn in academics, what life skills are we working on, and what accessories and supports do we need to make all this happen so that our students who have disabilities truly become equal members of our community, both inside and outside of school."

 

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