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Ross Daniel Adaptive Apparel Announces Company Debut and “Cool Clothes for Toes”

Ross Daniel Adaptive Apparel (RDAA), a new designer of fashionable solutions for children and teens with special needs, announced its marketplace debut and the launch of “Cool Clothes for Toes,” the first creatively styled sock line for children and teens who wear ankle-foot orthoses.

In the United States, there are more than 20 million children and teens with special needs who want the same fashion choices as their peers. Yet, there are little-to-no true fashion alternatives that accommodate those with physical challenges when it comes to getting dressed. “Socks are critical to the successful use of recommended shoes and orthoses for kids requiring such,” said Joyce Checksfield, physical therapist, the Center for Discovery. Not only do the RDAA socks effectively wick away moisture and resist wrinkling, but also their uniquely youthful styles are a true departure from the bland black and white options that are typically available.

RDAA spent several years researching the special needs community. On the basis of this research, including input from orthotists, physical therapists, and direct input from children who are physically challenged and their parents, the company launched its first line of kids' socks for ankle-foot orthoses, the forerunner in a soon-to-be-expanded diverse product line of adaptive apparel.

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Cool Clothes for Toes: Tickles

The “Cool Clothes for Toes” sock line is everything a kid ever wanted from an adaptive sock and more. According to Susan Kleiman, president, RDDA, this product holds a special place for her, because it was her teenage son, Ross, who gave rise to the inspiration. “Ross is a 16-year-old boy with special needs, and in my struggle to find him a sock that was comfortable, breathable and fashionable for a teenager, ‘Cool Clothes...’ took hold, and I decided to form a company to help give people with physical challenges fashion and dignity.”

“Cool Clothes for Toes” are made from 80% cotton and 20% nylon. They are seamless, machine washable, and breathable to reduce perspiration. Reasonably priced between $12.95 and $14.95, the socks range in size from medium to large stretch for boys and girls. “Cool Clothes for Toes” are currently available on the RDAA website at www.rdadaptiveapparel.com. Visit the PossAbilitiesBlog.com and catch us on Facebook (Ross Daniel) and Twitter @RDAAinc.

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