Independence Day Clothing Gives Autistic And Sensory-Sensitive Children Freedom To Dress Themselves—Easily

Lauren Thierry, mother of autistic son, Liam, founded Independence Day Clothing to take the struggle out of an ordinary task most people take for granted. Former CNN anchor and creator of the documentary, Autism Every Day, knows the daily frustrations—for herself, her son, and many others touched by autism—of Liam getting dressed each morning. But the tipping point for Thierry came when 13 year old Liam came out of the men’s bathroom at a ball field with his pants open. He couldn’t zip or button his jeans without help. Liam’s mom listened to rude comments as she helped her son. She then took the experience and an idea to designer Dalila Anderson in order to help all kids with special needs.

The idea was to create tag-free, zipper-free, and button-free clothing—which can also be worn forward, backward, or inside out. And the key was to have it look stylish and “right” no matter which way it is worn. Thierry calls Independence Day Clothing “mid-to-high end, preppy-to-trendy” clothing. Styles include ringer rugby shirts, cargo pants, leggings, tunics, and dresses.

 

 

Sizes are limited now and are meant to accommodate tweens and teenagers who fit small, medium, or large clothing. But as the new company grows, sizes and designs are being made to fit toddlers, petite frames, and adults of all sizes. T-shirts, boxer briefs, cargo shorts, and sweat pants are in the works too.

And because of the high risk of some autistic children wandering off, Independence Day Clothing has hidden pockets to hold a GPS tracking device. Like the soft, sensory-sensitive friendly fabric used to make the garments, the GPS pocket is strategically placed to not bother the wearer.

A GPS tracker does come with the purchase of each piece of clothing, but, like all wearable GPS tracking devices, a service plan is necessary. Independence Day is partnered with Phoenix 5 Global Tracking, so activation of the tracker is made possible through Global’s one-time activation fee and a 12 month agreement service plan.

Independence Day Clothing was designed with the purpose of helping autistic children, but it is for anyone who needs help getting themselves dressed. People with dementia, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy will benefit from these outfits as well. And as Thierry put it, “three hung over college frat boys” can get dressed in under 30 seconds when put to the test.

There is no right or wrong way to wear Independence Day Clothing, but it does give those with special needs the freedom to get dressed on their own with ease each morning. And that is the right way to start each day.


If you are looking for more information or support on autism, a conversation with your family doctor is a good place to start. Autism Speaks and other credible websites are valuable as well.