Dec 03, 2018 LifeWear
In celebration of this year's International Day of Persons with Disabilities we decided to take a closer look at how young disabled people have been using UNIQLO clothing in their day-to-day lives.

UK-based charity Whizz-Kidz recently approached UNIQLO to share a story from a young wheelchair user who was particularly fond of UNIQLO's Ultra Light Down Jackets.

She explained that young disabled people can struggle to find winter clothing which works well alongside their mobility equipment -- notably postural supports, which fit neatly around the torso, leaving little space for a winter coat or warm winter jumper.

Wheelchair users often have to alter the setup or configuration of their seating in order to wear their coat and readjust it once returning inside – a time consuming and now unnecessary effort. Thanks to the lightweight and easily transportable nature of UNIQLO's Ultra Light Down jackets, it's simple for wheelchair users to put on the jacket and, when no longer needed, fold it away into the included carry bag (rather than hang the jacket from the back of their wheelchair). “These jackets are a huge success for wheelchair users", this young person reported to Whizz-Kidz.

Pictured: Women's Ultra Light Down Jacket with included carry bag

Two ambassadors from Whizz-Kidz also spoke more about how UNIQLO's Lifewear clothing has been impacting their everyday experience.

“This has taught me that fashion can be aesthetically pleasing and a form of expression," Ash said. "It can be used to make bold statements. It empowers people like me.”

Ash is wearing: Women's Striped Crew Neck Long Sleeved T-Shirt, Women's EZY Jeans

“This experience has been really exciting", Ash continued. "I am a university student so style is important to me. UNIQLO clothes have made me feel included and more confident."

Ash is wearing: Women's Ultra Light Down Jacket

Millie-Rose also spoke to us about how her choice of UNIQLO clothing has had a practical impact on her life.

“I chose clothes that are my style and comfortable so it’s easier for me to sit in my wheelchair and look great at the same time", she explained.

Millie-Rose is wearing: Women's Ultra Light Down Jacket

“I think the partnership with Whizz-Kidz is really amazing because it shows that UNIQLO wants to be inclusive of every single type of person, which makes disabled people feel important.”

Millie-Rose is wearing: Women's Extra Fine Merino Half Sleeved Jumper

Karl is wearing: Men's EZY Jeans, Men's Ultra Light Down Vest

Our range of EZY Jeans for men and women boasts all the classic style of a pair of jeans but with the fit, feel and flexibility of a pair of jogging bottoms. With a stretchy elasticated waistband and Spandex woven into the leg material for added stretch, these trousers offer comfort and improved mobility without sacrificing any of the reliable style of an everyday pair of jeans.

Pictured: HEATTECH Crew Neck Long Sleeved T-Shirt

Our HEATTECH range also offers wheelchair users a way to add warmth to their outfits without needing to rely on heavy, bulky winter coats which can be cumbersome or obstructive. UNIQLO's innerwear fortified with innovative HEATTECH fabric technology uses moisture produced by the body to generate new warmth exactly when it's needed while remaining extraordinarily lightweight, breathable and stretchy. This is a great way to keep warmth where it belongs and regulate body temperature comfortably throughout the day while ensuring the wearer remains free to move as they please.


Whizz-Kidz believes that every young disabled person has the right to a fun and active childhood with the chance to develop to their full potential. The charity works to transform the lives of disabled children by providing the important equipment, support and life skills they need.

Visit the Whizz-Kidz website here