Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences

Degree Level



Apparel Merchandising and Product Development


Hubert, Stephanie

Committee Member/Reader

Smith, Kathleen

Committee Member/Second Reader

Cheramie, Lance


Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in children. In the U.S alone one million children and adults live with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Due to the increasing life expectancy of individuals with CP, the number of adults with this disorder is increasing, thus their medical and social care needs are changing (Moreno-De-Luca et al., 2012). For years children and adults who live with CP struggle in finding clothing that works for them and their needs. Currently the market for adaptable clothing is small. For people with CP, the lack of adaptive clothing creates large barriers whether it be mechanical, functional, cultural, or sensory related (Kabel, et al., 2017). The topic of sustainability is a pressing issue in the textile industry. The findings identified address the challenges associated with sustainable clothing practices, the negative impact of denim production, consumer consumption and product disposal on the environment. Methods of upcycling denim apparel that are both adaptable and eco-friendly are not only beneficial to the environment but for those with CP. Therefore, the study focused on identifying apparel needs of people living with CP and addressed these needs by creating two prototype garments using repurposed denim and altering the garments to be more functional. The prototypes were evaluated and modified, in order to ensure fit, comfort and functionality suited for people with CP.


Cerebral Palsy, Sustainability, Repurposed, Apparel, Upcycle, Denim, Service Learning