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On the 14th of April 2016 Label Fashion Show held their first catwalk show in St Andrews and we were lucky enough to be a part of it!

The companies involved in the show

Their show is body positive, where the show isn’t so much about the clothes but about the models and their stories. It was a fun evening, but also incredibly moving as many of the models walked the catwalk alone to a prerecorded voice over sharing their journey with identity.

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Throughout the evening there were some really incredible dance routines byThe Blue Angels and Shimmy Soc and the opportunity for the audience to get involved by writing on garments what fashion meant to them.

Audience MembersDancers

The whole evening was relaxed and had a really welcoming feel – sharing the message that fashion is for everyone – something that we at CAPR-Style strive to promote. Half of the funds collected from the evening will be donated to the mental health charity Mind. We look forward to being involved in their show next year!

Models celebrating at the end of the show

When your customers become advocates.

Derek is our newest model, and he will be showing off our new men’s range for spring and summer! He has been brave enough to share his story with us and explain a bit about why the clothes from CAPR-Style have been so useful for him.

Following a major operation in 2012 he was in hospital for 15 weeks. In this time he had two strokes which made his left side weak and Derek became incontinent. It completely changed his life as he now spends much of his time using a wheelchair.

Not only did Derek suffer a loss of control with incontinence, and have the need for firstly a catheter then nappies and pads, but with traditional clothing he was left feeling like his suffering was very apparent.

Derek came up to Edinburgh to explore our fabulous city and test and model some of our new clothing styles. His input was incredibly useful for us to hear how the styles fit and feel and also to get some photographs of the clothing “in action”. We were lucky enough to have blue skies the first day and got a few photographs perfect to show our spring/summer collection.


Our body vests are designed to fit around nappies or pads discreetly, Derek was a big fan of our new designs, one which includes a polo-shirt neckline: “a big thank you for sending my vests they are first class and fit 100% and cover all I need to be covered. The cut is great, thank you so much. Also have to say…there is room to move without pulling at the legs. Again a big thank you.”

We also created side opening trousers for him so dressing and undressing was made much easier. However, he was worried that these would “look adapted”. Our design offers hidden snap fasteners, and having met with friends their feedback was very positive: “The side opening trousers are brill, I’ve been wearing them non-stop and my friend says you can’t tell they open down the side.”

Derek has been a great addition to CAPR-Style as he gives extensive feedback, helping us to better our garments. He has also recommended us to many people in person and online. We’re looking forward to future photo-shoots with him later in the year.

Photo Shoots

As you may have noticed we’ve been adding more photographs to the website of our garments “in action”. cialis daily 5mg

We had great time doing the photo shoots and are incredible grateful to our two newest models Derek and Gismary!

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Here’s a quick action shot of Claudia photographing the padded knees on our Arran trousers!

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Our resident CAPR-Cat was showing us all how to pose…


The photo shoot days also gave us a chance to see how well our new garments fit and move and to get feedback from the models about how comfortable the garments felt! We were all the in the workshop and had a really successful few days – we hope you like the photographs!

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We think these are the best way to see the clothes so you can get a better understanding of what they look like and how they work. If anything isn’t clear please send us an e-mail at and we’ll do our best to answer any questions you have!

If you have already purchased any of our garments and have a photograph of you or your little one wearing them we’d love you to share! We’ll give 10% off your next order for sharing a photograph with us!

Pancake day is nearly here!

It’s Pancake Day tomorrow! We’ll be having our first photo shoot of our Spring/Summer adult range so there might not be too much time for pancakes, however, here are some handy tips on making the perfect pancake…

We think it’s best to experiment with flavour combos – however the 3 main ingredients are key


Flour (Self-raising for a lighter pancake)


Mix these up to your desired consistency then add whatever you fancy! – you can do this in smaller bowls to see what everyone likes best – you don’t have to commit to just one flavour.

Everyone loves the favourites – lemon and sugar, maple syrup, Nutella… however we’ve experimented with a few fruit combinations that can make your pancakes a little more interesting.

  • Grated apple and cinnamon – yum!
  • Mashed banana and a touch of vanilla – sweet and delicious!
  • Blueberries and lime – sweet and sour and an exciting colour!
  • Coco powder and mashed banana – naughty and nice.

A great way to make pancakes is in small bite size pieces – much easier to eat and a good way to test out new flavours! Also these can be made into faces and fun shapes. And if flipping in the air you’re less likely to drop these ones!

We hope you enjoy your pancake day!


We’re working our way towards a more accepting Fashion Industry

Samantha Sutton wrote a great piece for PopSugar and we couldn’t help but steal a few perfect sentiments from the article:

“While women who wear headscarves, women who have Down syndrome, and women who use a wheelchair all make up our diverse society, it’s still rare to spot them in a major ad campaign. The same goes for transgender models — why are there only a handfulwalking the runway right now? — and women who prefer to rock their natural hair. Not having these women properly represented sends the message that they aren’t beautiful, which definitely is not the case. It’s time for them to be part of the rule — not the exception.”

How to clean velcro!

Velcro is a fantastic invention, but it can also pick up all sorts of lint, hair, and fuzz. How do you get it out without too much trouble? We’ve made a how-to picture, using a normal comb and a fine tooth comb, we hope it helps! cialis tablets

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Edinburgh Fringe part 2

As we promised here are some more interesting show on at the Fringe 2014.

Echolalia (Gilded Balloon)

Echolalia is a show performed by Jen McArthur, who used to work with children on the autistic spectrum. She puts on a uplifting clown theatre performance that aims to increase the social acceptance towards autism and try to break some stereotypes. Her work is honest and is done in a way that doesn’t patronise the audience or the subject matter. In this show you’ll be able to enter world of Echo a woman with Asperger’s syndrome and experience the struggle of her everyday life as Jen gives us a bursts of clownish craziness and contemporary dance.

An Evening with Dementia (theSpace on the Mile)

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Are you thinking when you are looking at me –

A crabbit old woman, not very wise,

Uncertain of habit with far away eyes,

Who dribbles her food and makes no reply,

When you say in a loud voice, “I do wish you’d try”.

I’ll tell you who I am, as I sit here so still,

As I rise at your bidding, as I eat at your will.

I’m a child of ten with a father and mother,

With brothers and sisters who love one another,

A bride soon at twenty, my heart gives a leap

Remembering the vows I promised to keep:

At twenty-five now I have young of my own,

Who need me to build a secure happy home.

At fifty once more babies play round my knee,

Again we know children, my loved one and me.

Dark days upon me, my husband is dead,

I look at the future, I shudder with dread. cheap cialis viagra prices

My young are all busy rearing young of their own

And I think of the years and the love I have known.

I’m an old woman now and nature is cruel.

‘Tis her jest to make old age look like a fool,

The body it crumbles, grace and vigour depart,

There is now a stone where once was a heart,

But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells cialis pills online

And now and again my battered heart swells. how much cialis buy cialis online

I remember the joys, I remember the pains,

And I’m loving the living all over again,

And I think of the years all too few – gone too fast

And accept the stark fact that nothing will last.

So open your eyes, nurses, open and see

Not a crabbit old woman, look close – and see me.”

This poem was written by an elderly woman, in a hospital and found in her locker after she died, and inspired Trevor Smith to write and perform this show. RSC actor and playwright Trevor Smith welcomes you into a journey in the mind of an old actor casted away from society because of his fading memory. cialis 5 mg acquisto line how to get rid of an erection caused by viagra

Tim Renkow: At Least Hell Has Ramps (Heroes @ The Hive)

This is another show of Tim Renkow raised in America that moved to London in the pursuit of a comedy carer and he has Cerebral Palsy. He has been performed at the Edinburgh’s Fringe for the last 2 years now. In this 40 min show Tim Renkow shares some personal stories about his condition, love life, etc all complimented by his very sharp sense of humour. His show isn’t all about his condition; he talks about some delicate subjects in a witty, honest and deftly way. Kate Copstick, gives us a review that pretty much will make you run to buy a ticket: “We get anecdotes from his life that are at once appalling and hilarious, we get politics, history, religion and homophobia. The material on the last subject culminates in absolutely the best little routine I have heard on the much discussed subject of gays and religion. It is a perfect little payoff to some material he had done earlier in the show. You will be genuinely shocked at some of his material but Renkow is an engaging performer, all sparkling eyes and enormous smile, so when he takes someone down or kicks the comedy doodoo out of some serious subjects it is all done with an engaging and glorious glee. He is also the master of delicious understatement. “Land is not my forte” he starts one routine, grinning.”

We are sorry we were late to post about this show but we would like to make an honourable mention and we definitely suggest you go watch it if you get the chance.

About Backstage In Biscuit Land (Pleasance Courtyard)

This is a brand new show for Fringe, brought to us by Jess Thom that has Tourettes, this condition makes her say the word “biscuit” 16,000 times a day. Her condition gives her a very different perspective on life and that’s what this two-woman show is all about. Comedy, puppetry, singing, tics, spontaneity, creativity and disability in a show that will make you laugh at the least probable things. This show is never the same since Jess’s condition makes her incapable to stay on script and that’s only half of the fun. The show was crowd funded via kickstarter and received an amazing amount of support and because of this was able to take part in the Edinburgh’s Fringe.

CAPR-Style 2014 in a Nutshell

2014 was a big year for us and we saw ourselves moving forward from offering a couple of t-shirt and trouser designs for children to having a wardrobe of clothing including dresses, jackets, jumpers and body vests available for anyone who needs them. As the New Year continues to roll in we wanted to take a second and reflect on the past year as it was quite the whirlwind for us.

We launched our website at the beginning of the year making which was a big step forward allowing the whole world to see us and what we do and for us to start to deliver to anyone in the UK or Ireland and since we are now able to offer shipping to Europe and America as standard on our website.

Our team have been working hard both in the office and out. Whilst locked in our workshop our design team have developed new styles of clothing that have gotten us noticed by several different groups. One of our personal favourites, though did require some translation, was an article featured in a Portuguese fashion website but we have also been featured in Able magazine, Cerebra’s CIC Product review, Scotland on Sunday and BBC Radio Scotland to name but a few. The waves of positive feedback we have received from people make us feel like we are on the right track.

Amongst the feedback we have had product requests and in response we have both created both bespoke pieces and designed new ranges around what you need. We are happy to be able to offer this service as it reflects our beginnings of our founder creating individual garments for her son and understand the need for this service.

Outside of the workshop and office we have been on several adventures across the UK visiting and displaying at several events of varying scales. The one we were happiest to attend was the first Kidz Scotland event that was hosted in our hometown of Edinburgh. It was the first time we were able to attend an event in Scotland which was a big moment for us. Our stall was decorated with our finest clothing and bunting to boot and we were spent an enjoyable day.

There have been several moments that stand out for us in 2014. Of course we were very proud to win the Bronze Product award from Mumtrepreneurs for our recently released Arran Trousers but there are also several points that meant a lot to us. A point that was exciting for us was our first photo shoots where we were very lucky to have such photogenic models and came away with some spectacular photos.

Not to focus too long on the past we are looking forward to 2015 and all the opportunities that lie ahead. We plan to take all of the experience we have gained in the past year to continue to refine our clothing and bring you more designs and styles. We hope that everyone had as good a 2014 as we did and all the best for 2015.

CAPR-Style Christmas

With the range of celebrations that are contained within the coming weeks it is considered a time for family and friends so we wanted to focus on the CAPR-Style family and see what our team members are wanting for Christmas and what their hopes are for 2015.

Claudia (Managing Director):

What would you like for Christmas?

Sleep. Just sleep. I am looking forward to Christmas so I can spend some time with my boys though I think they may drive me crazy.

What would you hope to find under the Christmas tree from CAPR-Style?

Our Black Cotton Dress, I think it is really cute and would love to have one of my own.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?

No – Just to keep going with CAPR-Style and make sure it continues to grow.

Bernardita (Fashion Director)

What would you like for Christmas?

I want to sit in my new house. I am just about to start moving house so I for Christmas I would like everything to run smoothly for the move and we are in the new place with most of our stuff for Christmas. There are no chairs there so hopefully I’ll find some under the tree with my children’s reading books.

What would you hope to find under the Christmas tree from CAPR-Style?

I would love to be able to go out for walks in our Denim Jacket if Santa would be able to bring it to me.

Do you have a New Year’s resolution?

Not yet.  I will probably make one, I just haven’t thought of it.

Marietjie (Head Seamstress):

What are you hoping for this Christmas?

The thing I want always is clothes so any sort of clothing vouchers would be nice. I want my own one of these sewing machines.

What would you hope to find under the Christmas tree from CAPR-Style?

Our Red jumper, I just like it. It reminds me of a jumper I had when I was younger and our red is unlike any other red that I have found making it look special.

Have you got any New Year’s resolutions?

My New Year’s resolution is to stick to a New Year’s resolution as I never do. Most likely whatever pops into my head on the 1st and then I’ll stick to it. I do want to go see a country I’ve never been before at some point next year if that could be a resolution?


Ross (Head of Marketing and Sales)

What would you like for Christmas?

I’m hoping for a couple of books, some of which I have already read but would like to reread. Also a pair of new shoes, I found out that all my shoes have holes in them which left me with wet feet for the past couple of weeks hop over to this site.

What would you hope to find under the Christmas tree from CAPR-Style?

I quietly want one of the Etive Body Vests in the little monster pattern. Though I would hope that they could put the opening at the front so I would be able to get in an out.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions?

Yes! I’ve started writing a lot of short stories my resolution is to finish one of them. Don’t think it will be particularly impressive but at least finishing one would make me happy.

We hope that you all get what you want for Christmas and have a wonderful holiday. We shall see you in the New Year with new designs and styles. In the meantime if there is anything you would want to see CAPR-Style doing or making in the New Year let us know! We are committed to helping those with additional needs and if there is something that we could help you with we want to know about it!

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Gifts for those with additional support needs

Hunting down the perfect gift for someone is difficult, and when it comes to this time of year and you have to buy presents for everyone it becomes near impossible (though you do get better at is as your parental superpowers increase). Whilst battling your way through the mobs of shoppers hoping that inspiration strikes and you know exactly what to get the obscure relation that you’re still not sure even knows your name it can be hard to find gifts that are anything but ‘traditional’. With most stores displaying the stock that they expect the most people will want buy so they are able to make the most sales on the high street its often difficult to find the right presents for those who don’t have traditional needs or tastes and this can include those with disabilities or special needs.

Though we are still finding our feet we have met a lot of people in the past year and have learnt a lot about other products on the market that benefit the same people that our clothing can benefit. To help ease some Christmas shopping stress or to help you along in finding the last few bits and bobs we have compiled a short list of gifts and resources out there that should help streamline your shopping.

There are a great number of online stores out there to supply products for those with disabilities, included, here are a couple of specialised sites to browse through.


Sensory Stores

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Sensory Toy Warehouse is a multi-award winning website that provides a range of sensory toys suitable for all ages. Founded by a mother of two boys that experienced special needs to provide them with sensory toys they began selling only childrens toys but since has grown in response to demands and now supply adult and elderly sensory toys.

Founded in 1983 the company was set up to act as a specialised resource for those that need specialised toys as there were little options out there. Now offering a wide range of toys and equipment you are sure to find a present on there.

Tech Friendly – Fat Frame

We have had the pleasure of getting to know this business quite well as they are local and we regularly bump into them at events. Their FatFrame is a protective case for Ipads that is very effective and protects not just from being dropped but being thrown around (they gave us no warning of this first time we met until after they launched the tablet into the air). Low cost (much lower than getting the Ipad fixed) and comfortable to hold we would recommend grabbing one for any regular Ipad users.


Pimp up my wheelchair

 Custom Numberplates

A great and personalised gift that stands out is a custom number plate that can then be attached onto a wheelchair as a stylish accessory. Can be used as a joke gift or as something sentimental making it a perfect stocking filler.

Spoke Covers

There is a wide range of spoke covers out there, some that offer custom prints so you can place your own images on the covers, and they are a great way to personalise your little ones chair. With designs that feature their favourite TV characters or crest of their favourite football team there will be the perfect one out there for you and your little one.


Bite off more than they can chew – Chewable Jewellery

For some chewing can relieve stress and provide comfort though and whatever is closest to hand often ends up being what is chewed. Chewigem offer a range of accessories both for you and for your child that are safe to be chewed and also look stylish whilst being worn. Chewigem is another company that we have met during our travels and some of our team own their own Chewigems so we can speak of their quality.


Cliqued and cheesy but the best gift of all – Your time

It is important to remember that quality time spent with your little one would mean the world to them and we are pretty sure that you will enjoy it too. Taking some time off and doing something out of the ordinary routine (if it is possible) or even just being there for points of the routine that you wouldn’t normally can make your child happier than any other present.

Of course if you are looking for a new outfit for Christmas day or the an adaptive stocking filler check out our clothing range and if you need help understanding which styles would be best for you check out our style guide here. Wanting a recommendation of what clothing to grab we our next blog post will have members of our teams favourite outfits for some inspiration.

If you have any suggestions that you think should be included on this list we would love to hear from you! Drop an email to us at

Halloween Costumes for those with Disabilites

It is getting close to that ghoulish time of year where for one evening the sweetie and candy consumption of our children sky rockets and we have a collection of little monsters running around with the threat of ‘trick or treat’. Here we have some ideas and tips to help you get ready for the day.

For a bit of understanding to where the tradition originates from the old Celtic festival where they believed on the 31st of October the lines between the world of the living and that of the dead blurred. As the worlds overlapped we the dead were able to walk amongst the living and superstitions said that they supernatural were able to control nature and natural processes. There is a lot of folklore surrounding this day with each story varying from place to place with much of the olden traditions stem from Britain and Ireland whilst modern day ideas taking influence from America. The tradition of costumes and dressing up has several different suggested origins. Many stem around the idea of hiding ones appearance from the dark beings that were believed to enter our world on this day whilst others suggest that people dressed up to absorb some of the powers of the beast that they were mimicking.

For our kids the evening the rich history often brings little interest but the experience is something that they love. Dressing up as anything from as terrifying a monster to their favourite super hero and allowed to stay up that little bit later to go visit all their friends’ houses marks this night as one that they will remember and look forward to throughout the year. This said we see those with additional support needs often being excluded from this experience because of their differences. We have never been ones to believe that difference is a bad thing in fact not limiting yourself and allowing a creative flair to flourish your little one can have a costume that is the envy of all they meet along the way.

Here are a couple of tips and tricks from us to help you get started and a bit of inspiration if you get stuck.

Decide Early

We are not going to pretend that we haven’t panicked and thrown together an outfit the night before it ourselves but allow us to speak from experience and tell you it is stressful! Try not to leave the decision making process to late even if you do only put it together the night before. Having an idea in your head of what your child is going to be dressed as allows you to pick up anything necessary for the costume.

Ask your Child

Allowing them to take part in the decision making process will make it easier down the line and you aren’t met with as much resistance at the point they need to get dressed into the costume. It also helps them to connect with what is going on and develop a understanding which can be useful for the night.

Work with what you’ve got

Everyone has things that make them unique and your little one is no exception. If they require things like a wheelchair or crutches incorporate them into the costume! You could end up making something that looks amazing and will stand out in a crowd for all the right reasons.

Keep it simple

Sometimes the best costumes are the well-executed simple ideas. Try not go over the top and don’t get carried away with making an intricate costume. This will limit the amount of time and stress that you spend on creating the costume and will mean there is less to go wrong.

Don’t stress

It is one evening a year and likely the costume you make them will be used once maybe twice so don’t panic if it doesn’t meet your highest expectations don’t worry. Your little one will appreciate the effort you’ve went to and every other parent out there will understand and be able to relate.

Have fun

With all traditions aside the night is now meant as a bit of fun so enjoy!

Check out these pages for a bit of insperation to get you started:


We will have another blog post next week on how best to survive Halloween night and some suggestions and tips to ease your little one into the night so they are not overwhelmed.

Our day at Kidz Scotland

Last Thursday we had the pleasure to display at the Kidz Scotland event in our wonderful hometown, Edinburgh. For those who haven’t heard about the Kidz Exhibitions they are a series of free exhibitions hosted up and down the UK that create a platform  that can be used to exhibit, explore and discuss all things related to children with additional support needs. The events are a great place to go along and see what is available out there that can assist you.

We were lucky as we didn’t have to travel too far and with a 9.30am we were able to still get a good amount of beauty sleep (not that any of our team would need any more of course). Having set up our stall the previous day we were welcomed to a colourful display with our clothing taking pride of place and some colourful bunting on the outside to catch people’s eye.  It didn’t take long till our stall was attracting a steady stream of visitors.

A range of parents and professionals visited our stall each really positive about what we are doing which is always good to hear. Many of the visitors took the chance to examine the clothing by try out their features and feel the materials whilst others took the chance to pick our brains on the problems that they face. For many we were able to suggest one of our clothing styles as a solution and for others we have taken notes and passed them on to the design team to see what they can create.

As the day progressed the event began to quieten down and at which point we seized the opportunity to explore the stalls of the other exhibitors. Happily we bumped into several faces we recognised and hopefully made a couple of new friends. Pleased of a catch-up with our friends over at Bespoken you should check out their website as its packed with relevant news, stories and products for those with disabilities where we have been lucky enough to have been featured a couple of times. Taking our chance to meet with the SeenIn team we seized the opportunity to have a browse of their range of bibs, waterproof covers and Hypersensitivity clothing. Will admit to having a little too much fun playing with the sensory toys that were being displayed whilst walking around but it was of course all for ‘research purposes’. This being said we were a bit terrified of the girls at FatFrames, an amazing little tool that protects Ipads when they are dropped, as they continually launched their own tablets across the exhibition hall to demonstrate how effective their FatFrame protection was.

By the end of the event we were, like as it seemed the rest of the exhibitors were, exhausted. Before packing up we grabbing a couple of copies of Able magazine for the office so we could all read the review of our Torsa Trousers we were delighted to see they had featured.  A week later we are now well rested and working away on designs to respond to the feedback we were given. Thank you to everyone who came to say ‘Hi’ and it was great to meet everyone buy cialis online cheap.

How to teach disabilities to children!

This weeks post is about how to teach children (and maybe some adults) to understand and how to deal with disabilities. This is an issue that should be addressed with little kids so you can build in them a better understanding and attitude towards people with disabilities. You might find yourself in an awkward situation when your kids encounters someone with a disability (sometimes kids ask questions or just stare, not because they’re mean it’s just a way they show their interest), first of all you need to tell your kid that everyone is different and these differences can include skin colour, way of dressing, disability or even way of thinking and that there is nothing wrong about being different. They might not fully understand what you mean right away but when the day comes that they socialize with someone disabled, for example, they won’t be taken completely by surprise and nor will you, as they will have a base understanding that they can build on. By the way if you find yourself in an awkward situation don’t tell your kid to stop staring or to keep quiet, remember the goal is create inclusion so encourage them to understand but to be sensitive in their actions.

When teaching your children it’s a good idea to review your own attitudes. We all try to be charitable towards people with disabilities but this might not always be a positive thing. This kind of attitude can promote the negative feeling that people with disabilities are lesser than abled bodied people and can turn into ableism. Sometimes young kids can be very assertive in their innocence, this behaviour should be encouraged, it’s better to have a kid asking questions than to leave him with questions and wrong assumptions. Be open to discussion explain your child with simple words the differences of a person, you don’t have to go into details. An example suggested by Susan Linn, a psychologist at the Judge Baker Children’s Centre at Harvard Medical School is if someone is in a wheelchair you can just say: “He may be having problems with his legs. He can’t walk.”.

Talk about difference and not disability, like everyone else we all have our strengths and weaknesses, so try and implant in your child how to help others with their differences/weaknesses like they would like to be helped with theirs, it doesn’t really matter if they’re disabled or not. Also don’t use the term “normal” to describe a non-disabled person that implies the abnormality in people with disabilities and that’s what we’re trying to avoid. Remember we’re trying to explain that people with disabilities are before anything else people, so try to make it clear that people with disabilities have likes, dislikes, feelings and goals in life like anyone your children will encounter in their life.

The intention of this post isn’t to tell you how to raise your children but we’re living together in this world, respect and understanding is all we can expect and give to others and in a world so marked by difference we should all be positive about those differences that make us all so unique, fresh and new. Disabled people need to be perceived as not only as people with disabilities but as friends, schoolmates, lovers, co-workers and above all as human.

Edinburgh Fringe

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is here, the weather is (mostly) lovely and the city is filled with people, stands and shows. There is no reason why you shouldn’t head along and enjoy all the possibilities the Festival brings and this is what this post is all about, we’ve selected a few shows that would be good to watch and have a giggle at and many of them have disabilities.

If These Spasms Could Speak (Pleasance Courtyard):

A solo show by Robert Softley where he shares some funny, sad and surprising stories gathered through interviews with disabled people and his own experience of having cerebral palsy. Robert is one of Scotland’s foremost disabled writers and performers and at this show and has established himself in the Scottish arts scene over the past 10 years. He has a great range of experience in different roles and is supporter of disability rights and equal access activist and the show deals with the ideas that these movements are based on. A highly humorous art piece that reflects upon how our bodies can be central to our existence and how the view of yourself is different from what others can see.  Before bringing his show to the fringe festival he has performed it in Glasgow where it received really positive reviews. If you aren’t able to make the performance during the fringe he is going on tour check out the shows website for venues and dates.

Same Same Different (George Next Door space 1):

Fresh to the UK, Kiwi comic Jerome Chandrahasen has been performing in every New Zealand International Comedy Festival from 2004-2013. In his career he has won a few awards including the 2005 Best Newcomer NZ International Comedy Festival and 2004 NZ National Raw Comedy Quest winner. He has gathered some good reviews the one on The Lumiere Reader: “had the audience hanging off every word…uniquely enjoyable”. Jerome is currently working at London’s comedy circuit and this is his first trip to the Fringe. With a few special guests thrown in, Same Same Different will be a fun afternoon jaunt through some of the things that bring people together and some of the things that keep them apart.

Simon South: The Expressive (<a href="http://freefringe buy cialis online”>Hispaniola):

Simon South is a Multi-Talented Entertainer and a popular choice for many Nationwide and Internationally. He is a renowned cabaret performer, stand-up comic and magician, and in this edition of the Fringe he brings us his Silent Show. This is a show that can be performed for any kind of audience, it’s an act that surpasses the language barriers (since he won’t say a word) where Simon makes the audience laugh when things go, apparently, wrong and it’s promised to make anyone’s jaw drop with his magic tricks.

The Bitterly Autobiographical Songbook (Capital Bar & Club):

Like music? Like comedy? Then The Bitterly Autobiographical Songbook will probably be the ideal show for you, it’s filled with lyrical storytelling and lively tunes. The show is brought to us by Luke Burrage a British juggler, musician, entertainer and author, in this comic musical Luke sings, plays the piano and the guitar,  and goes deep on various autobiographical topics such as dating, identical twins, tomatoes, pubic hair, Chernobyl, and robot popes. He also juggles. After we found this description we bet the show it’s a handful of laugh and we can’t wait to go watch it.

These are just a few of the shows we found that might interest you. But as you know the fringe has an unlimited offer for all tastes all you have to do is find a little a little time and a lot of patience to look through all the offers. We will give you another few suggestions for shows next week.

Para-sports Milestones at Commonwealth Games 2014

As you all know the 2014 edition of Commonwealth Games took place in Glasgow, Scotland, and of course the para-sports were also represented but para-sports weren’t always part of the Commonwealth Games schedule, in fact this is the only the fourth edition of the games that para-sports has been included.

The first time that para-sports were part of the Commonwealth Games was is 1994 in Victoria in British Columbia but it was only in Manchester 2002 para-sports were fully integrated to the program. One of greatest milestones about this year’s Games was that there were more medals and events for para-athletes than any previous edition of the Games, with a total of 22 medals events that included athletics, swimming, powerlifting, lawn bowls, and for the first time track cycling. This is mostly due to the fact that the Paralympics in London 2012 were a huge success on which 2.7 million tickets were sold and peak television audiences surpassed initial expectations with 6.7 million viewers, which made Glasgow very eager to keep on the same track. “Para-sport in the Commonwealth is definitely growing,” said David Grevemberg, Glasgow 2014 chief executive. “It’s about keeping the quality but managing the quantity.”

In this edition of the Games there were a few recognisable presences of para-athletes from over 20 countries. Many of them made notable achievements and performed exceptionally such as Ali Jawad who achieved a new world record and went on to win a bronze medal in powerlifting but it is Melissa Tapper and Sophie Thornhill who we wanted to talk about today. Both athletes are disabled but competed in able-bodied events so we decided to give you some insight on these two exceptional athletes.

Melissa Tapper, born in 1 March 1990, is an Australian table tennis player. She has Erb’s Palsy and is a class 10 table tennis player which basically means she competes standing up instead of in a wheelchair. Starting playing in 2002 (while she was only on primary school) her first competition and her first appearance as part of the Austrailian national was in a competition that took place in Jordan in 2004. It was only in 2010 she started playing para-table tennis and after a year that she won two gold medals at the Arafura Games and was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics. But her greatest accomplishment so far was this year at the 2014 Commonwealth Games when she was selected to represent Australia in the non-paralympic team, where the Australian team won a bronze medal. Don’t go thinking it was an easy task in an interview Tapper gives us some insight on her feelings during the competition and what it was like to be a disable athlete competing on an able-bodied event in an interview with BBC:

“At times, people have a different attitude towards me because I have a disability,” she says.

“But I just try to go out there and show them that I am there to compete like everyone else.

“I want to win, so they will have to beat me.”

Sophie Thornhill, born in 9 February 1996, is a visually impaired English racing cyclist that competes in para-cycling events and is a double world champion with pilot Rachel James and a double Commonwealth gold medallist with pilot Helen Scott. From this we can gather that she is a top athlete but in this Commonwealth Games something fantastic happened Sophie was selected to compete in an able-bodied event which led her to her second gold medal on the Games! She expressed her enthusiasm about it “Some people still think Para-athletes aren’t as elite as able-bodied riders, but we train day in and day out and are working just as hard.” “For everyone to give us the same recognition as the able-body guys is amazing.” With such a great presence in this year’s Games the, 18year-old Athlete couldn’t help to show her enthusiasm about the coming Rio Olympics and like fans that we are here at CAPR-Style we are crossing our fingers so that everything goes right for this extraordinary athlete.

We have acknowledge this is as really a big step forward, though considering able-bodied and para-athletes are both as professional and dedicated to theirs sports it makes sense that there shouldn’t be any distinction between the both.  This kind of significant milestone makes the vision of an inclusive world a little bit more tangible and if everybody sets their minds to achieve this goal, like these athletes did, there will be a day when disabled and non-disabled will be nothing but a classification from the past.

Theres an app for that!

Though our children seem to be synchronised to the constant updates and developments of technology there are still a few of us that see a phone  as a device for making calls rather than the powerful multimedia tool that it has become.  The rise of technology has broken down boundaries and limitations that traditionally existed and the impact of this has been huge for those with additional support needs. Devices that allow speech, sight, hearing and mobility have given a quality of life to so many that would have not been possible without the constant innovation and development of new technology. A detailed look of all the options out there would be huge so we are taking a look at the apps that are being developed for mobiles and tablets to ease the lifes of those with physical disabilities.


Keeping local we have seen several apps developed by designers in Edinburgh released over the past years and they continue to help take Edinburgh into a more accessible city. One that has begun to get noticed nationally is the Neatebox app. The app is designed to make crossing the road easier for those with disabilities by remotely pressing the crossing button via your phone. Developed by Gavin Neate the app aims to help those with vision problems or a physical disability that have difficulty finding or reaching the traffic light button. From an long background in guide dog training he has an extensive knowledge of visual impairment and has first-hand experience of unsafe pedestrian crossings he saw the opportunity to develop a programme that allows pedestrians to interact with crossings from their smart technology. Trialled here in Edinburgh the app is still being developed and Gavin is in talks with Local Authorities and developers to allow the technology that makes this possible to be included in more areas in the future.

Another interesting project that Neatebox is working on might be of interest for those trying to get children interested in going around Museums or Art Galleries. Using your mobile to navigate you are given questions that require answered before progressing onto the next level. It looks to be a great way of getting children to engage with the exhibits and learn more about what is on display.


This is not an app that is designed solely to aid those with disabilities but rather is an alternative payment method to pay for parking for areas of London. Though the app is still being developed, with many of its users complaining about the ability to pay for parking still having a series of bugs, the can help you locate parking spaces including disabled parking spaces. We hope that they continue to develop this feature to reflect similar apps that are available in the US that allow you to find the nearest disabled parking from where you are or your chosen destination. We are excited to see the development of this and the features that it will hopefully include in the future.

Sensory Room

A great little app that is perfect as a cause and effect sensory activity to keep your little one entertained. A story that explores a multisensory room that responses to the users touch, or can connect switches via Bluetooth cheap cialis online. A bright and fun animated app that can keep you entertained and gives you lots of opportunities for language development and talk with your little one.


This is an app we have mentioned before but felt that it deserved a moment in the spotlight. For the adventurers amongst us this app allows you to plan, navigate and record outdoor walks or hikes. Though the app is not designed purely for those with disabilities there are several users that share their maps with the intention of relaying information about certain paths or walks that are accessible. Using the GPS in your smartphone or tablet you can go on a ramble that has been trailed and tested by other mobility limited ramblers.

My Emergency Info

With most of us never far from our phone this simple but useful app could be essential at the point of an emergency. Download the app and then you are able to input necessary medical details so that they are always close to hand in there was ever the need. The information can include emergency contact details, allergies and medications which would be vital in the point of an emergency. Handy to download onto your children’s phones and put in their information making sure that if they are out on their own and something were to happen that they have all the necessary information on them.

These are but a very small sample of a large variety and range of apps that are available out there to aid those with additional support needs. As technology develops I hope we see more innovations and developments in the field to make technology more accessible and continue to improve the day to day lives of its users. If there is an app that you find and think that others would benefit from using it too please let us know and we will share it.

Disability isn’t lack of Ability

Throughout history there seemed to be not much space for those with disabilities. Disabled people always had to struggle and since the medieval ages when disability was seen as a punishment for sin we’ve come a long way. So where are all the disabled people in history and is really disability the same of lack of all abilities? Disabled people have passions, interests, abilities and this is what this week post is all about the few exceptional individuals who against all odds developed, flourished and showed the whole world their vision and what best they had to give. Some disabled people excelled at what they loved and we’ve gathered a couple of examples of people in all fields.


This art is considered to have it’s birth in ancient Greece and is appreciated now as much as it was back then. Bette Davis once said “Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation”. In this field we have to talk about a contemporary actress (and a personal favourite) Jamie Brewer, a 29 year old american girl who has Down Syndrome and that has blown our minds with her performances on the TV series American Horror Story. She is refreshing presence that gives us hope for an inclusive world.


Music is said to be the most abstract form of art created by man (random sounds put together in way that makes it pleasant for those who hear) and we’ve had a few geniuses that completely controlled this art but did you know that one of the most famous and influential names in the music world, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was actually disabled? Beethoven showed from an early age a great aptitude for the musical arts and he gave his first concert by the age of 8, which allowed him to create a great reputation for himself but by the time he was around 26 he started losing his hearing. That didn’t put him off his passion it actually gave him a boost to let himself be immersed by his work and still he was capable to create the finest pieces of music even after deaf.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts were always part of humanity’s history and many have mastered in giving us great pieces of art that inspire and engage us. In this field many disabled people found a way to express and let out what was going on in their soul but have chosen to talk about one of the most prominent artists in the 20th century, Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) she was a Mexican artist that suffered from polio (some think she might’ve had Spina Bifida) and her self-portraits were a clear window into her personal sorrow and pain. She was so good at expressing her feelings that she became the first Mexican Artist to have her work bought by an international museum.


Since very early in the human’s evolution we’ve had a urge to transmit and keep record of, primarily, rules and trading records but eventually writing evolved into a form of not only record but a form of art that can transport the readers and express feelings. In this category we want to talk about Christy Brown an Irish author, painter and poet (June 5, 1932 – September 7, 1981) that had Cerebral Palsy. He was considered by the doctors as intellectually disabled, but despite all it as said his mum kept on working with him until one day, surprisingly, his left foot obeyed to his commands giving him the capability to write. His most famous piece of work is “My left foot” which was later made into an Academy Award-winning film of the same name.


The personality we chose is President Franklin D. Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945) one of the most loved American presidents, he had polio and was a wheelchair user, this fact wasn’t publicly known until later in his life, in fear of having his competency questioned. His greatest feats were to successfully guiding America through the II World War.


The knowledge of what surrounds us it’s fascinated the mankind since very early in our evolution. We couldn’t miss the chance to mention one of the greatest physicists in the world and a household name Stephen Hawking (January 8, 1942) he has Motor Neuron disease or a variant of ALS, but his disability is irrelevant when it comes to his work. His contributions in the physics, cosmology and astronomy are of utmost importance but his best known work is about the black hole thermodynamics (which we wish we could explain but it’s a bit out of our understanding).

Everyone has limitations in their life and some have bigger challenges to overcome than others. Having a disability can be challenging but it does not limit your abilities, those who battle past the obstacles placed in their way have the determination to become truly great and each of them are remembered not for what they couldn’t do but for what they could.

Keeping Fit with a wheelchair!

Commonwealth Games 2014 are here guys!!! Let’s join the fun not only by watching but by actually doing some sports so this article will be all about sports for wheelchair users.

Sport clubs for disabled have existed for over 100 years, with the first club for deaf people created in 1888 in Berlin. It wasn’t only until after the World War II that disability sports became more commonly known and embraced. The first competition for wheelchair athletes took place on 29 July 1948, at the Opening Ceremony of the London 1948 Olympic Games (organized by Dr Guttmann) and it was named Stoke Mandeville Games and it represented a great step forward in Paralympic history.

But wasn’t until in 1960 (in Rome, Italy) that the Mandeville Games became known as the Paralympics Games, in that year 400 athletes from 23 countries took part of the competed for the gold medals. Later in the century (22 September 1989) the International Paralympics Committee was founded and that was when the Paralympics became what they are now, a token of equality and perseveration.

After knowing these facts we dare you not to feel inspired and motivated to practice a sport, and that’s why we have a couple of suggestions of sports for disabled you could join.

Archery – is a sport accessible to almost everyone with a disability. It’s not only about hitting the target it’s actually very beneficial for increasing body strength, focus, flexibility and attention skills. There is no adaptation required for wheelchair users unless they have significant upper body disability in that case they are allowed to use a device to secure the bow to the hand.

Boccia – a wheelchair sport that is perfect for people with severe disabilities (originally played by those with cerebral palsy). This is a game that can be played individually, pairs or teams of three and the objective is to throw leather ball as close as possible to the target ball.

Judo – this practise will teach you some self defence, discipline and will greatly improve you physical condition.

Dance – it’s an activity that has been embraced for decades with growing popularity, wheelchair users will be able to practice various dancing styles (Jive, Rumba, Waltz, etc) the sport can be practiced by 1 person on a wheelchair and another standing up or even by 2 people on wheelchairs.

Basketball – considered one of the most popular disabled sports, adopted by WWII disabled veterans back in 1946 and has spread throughout the world, this means its one of the best sports for a wheelchair user to practise since there’s so much popularity everything is adapted for wheelchair users.

Horse Riding – the goal in this sport is to help disabled people through interaction with horses (riding, grooming, touching or just watching). This sport follows all the safety rules for the well being of the person practising it, from adaptive equipment to a professional along side with the person riding the horse helping them with balance issues.

Kayaking – thanks to some new assistive technologies kayaking is now accessible for wheelchair users (although no major adaptation is, normally, required), once the user is comfortably settled in the canoe he can almost immediately start practising this sport,  so don’t hold yourself back.

Yoga – is a Indian practice that embraces every individual as unique and beautiful including wheelchair users. This sport will improve your physical condition like any other sport but as well lung capacity, reduces levels of stress, tension and anxiety and mental clarity and focus click here to read.

Wheelchair Racing – if you think that marathons are just exclusive for super athletes, you’re wrong even someone on a wheelchair can be a marathon racer. Thanks to the new technologies we have wheelchair designed for that propose and you too can feel the wind blow on your face and watch the road disappear behind your wheels

These are just a few options that you can pick from a much larger range of disabled sports. We hope we did give you a good solution to run away from the modern sedentary way of life. For more information about disabled sports consult this website.

Keeping Fit with Cerebral Palsy

Any doctor or therapist will tell how beneficial physical exercise is beneficial to any kid and that if implemented as part of an early program it will increase the life conditions of that kid. Exercise is beneficial for the heart, reduces blood pressure and helps keeping fit. Improves circulation and lung function and also flexibility, muscle tone and muscle and bone strength, plus you’ll love to see your little one happy and that is priceless.

There are many kinds of therapy or activities you can plan for and with your kid and we have a couple of suggestions that will be worth giving a try even if only for the experience of trying something new.

Outdoor Activities:

Aqua Therapy – Aqua therapy (also known as Aquatic therapy), it’s a soothing and comforting environment that provides a deep, intense exercise (all under supervision of certified professionals). The water’s restoring properties will provide a great way to relax and also good exercise for your kid or even for you.

Hippotherapy – Is a  almost like an all in one type of therapy involving not only physical exercises but also a great way to see your kid connect with the horses and feel confident on himself around animals. This kind of therapy is proven to have great benefits on the human’s neuromuscular development.

Indoor Activities:

Physical Therapy and Physiotherapy –  This must be the most famous way of exercise for people with disabilities and no wonder for it doesn’t only helps the user to improve their physical condition but also how to overcome environmental barriers found everywhere in the day-to-day life.

Acupuncture –Is a Chinese traditional therapy that helps the users by using stimulation acupoints either with needles or simples pressure. It’s mostly used for pain relief and as an alternative for conventional drugs.

Massage therapy –  Who doesn’t appreciate a good massage (well I do), massage therapy uses the power of human touch for medicinal purposes, such as: controlling stress levels, reducing pain, releasing muscular tension, improving digestion, stimulating sensory receptors, stimulating circulation, providing flexibility, and enhancing range of motion.

These are just some suggestions but if you’re interested in more information go this <a href="http://cerebralpalsy cialis online without” target=”_blank”>website and take a look at all the options … come on guys  lets get fit!!!

What were Christians siblings reactions? How do you find their relationship?

Hi readers, following on from last week talking about how I reacted to Christian I wanted to talk about his relationship with his siblings and how it has affected them.

When Christian was born his brothers were very young (only 2 and 3.5) so they didn’t realised really what was going on, they only felt a change on the dynamic of the house. We had family members coming to stay for varying periods of time, as both my family and my husband, Stephens, family live abroad, so we don’t have any relatives in Scotland. Luckily Stephen parents are retired and so is my mother so they could stay for longer periods to help look after the boys when we were at the hospital with Christian. My sister was, and still is, a great support to us as she is able to come and stay as she is able to work from home from her laptop.

When the boys started to understand more they began to ask questions about what was wrong their little brother and if he was going to get better or if he was going to be able to walk. Because all the answers are in a way not positive they felt a bit sad sometimes, they thought it was unfair for Christian not to be able to enjoy things like they did. Another problem was that they sometimes feel we cannot do many things all together because is difficult to do some activities with Christian which is a difficult one to tackle as it is unfortunately true.

For example since Christian was born we haven’t been able to visit our families abroad because Christian’s condition doesn’t allow us to travel. 9 hours in a plane is a long time for any child especially for someone like Christian. If there was an emergency we wouldn’t be able to tell the pilot to stop as he needs to get to an emergency room, which was a worry specially when his seizures were more violent and his oxygen levels dropped a lot. All of our trips now have to be in the car which can still be a struggle. We need to also consider our own limitations as well. It’s getting harder to push Christian around and if the other 2 wants to climb a hill someone has to stay down with Christian. As a family of 5 we are often have to split or do things according to suit Christian’s needs, and that can be a little bit unfair for the other 2.

It’s a complicated situation to be in and we are doing the best we can to give all of our boys the best quality of life we can. Despite everything they are great brothers, they help a lot with things that Christian needs, they check if he has his blanket, also they know how to turn on and off his feeding pump, they help me to push his buggy now, or clean his nose if he sneeze and I am not close. They know if he starts to choke they have to pat his chest gently but firmly so Christian can cough better you can try these out. They play with him, they sit with him and although he cannot hear he can feel when someone is next to him. Basically they use loads of toys that vibrate and have different textures to play with him and we can see his reactions to those toys.

I want to be able to give all of my sons the best quality of life that is possible and in the end we are still a family and that’s what matters. Stephen and I try to do what’s best for all of our boys and have had to make difficult choices along the way be we are happy.

CAPR-Styles Guide to Accessible Edinburgh

Hi everyone, so as summer is here and we all want to go out and have some fun, but here in CAPR-Style we know it’s not that easy for those with a disability or with a kid with disability.  Knowing this we thought that writing about some places we like to go and other places that are great places to go as a family. First we’ll focus on Edinburgh, a lovely city to visit and with fair accessibility (even if built on seven hills) the fun options are almost limitless with a great number of museums, galleries, restaurants and parks to visit believe us there will be fun for everyone.


National Museum Of Scotland (NMS) a great museum with a huge collection, great accessibility, very educative, fun and there is always something new you could see in it (right now it has a fantastic Chinese Ming Dynasty exhibition that will make you travel in space and time). Plus the NMS is so big you will have a hard time not to get lost and we recommend to go more then once so you can really get to know it (make some time to go to the rooftop it has a fabulous view).

For something more artistic we recommend the City Art Centre (again it’s a gallery totally adapted to wheelchair accessibility and even guide dogs are welcomed). This gallery has a great collection of Fine Scottish Art that includes works by the great majority of leading Scottish artists from the 17th century onward. It holds examples of work from all the main art movements, as well as an historic group of civic portraits and a large and varied topographical collection. As well as the permanent collections they also regularly have temporary exhibitions that have a range of themes and include a variety of artwork.

The Museum of Childhood, is a perfect place for children and adults alike. This a museum filled with collected elements childhood from all ages including toys, clothing, furniture and paintings that will provide entertainment and fun for all. The Museum also has a great number of activities and calendar events worth give a try, another fabulous feature about this museum is that is accessible for people with all sorts of disabilities (blind or partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing, and learning or education needs).


Edinburgh is replete with parks and green areas it won’t take you long to find a nice green park for you to relax and let the kids run around and play. For those that are looking for something more than a bit of green space we recommend the Edinburgh’s Zoo as you can’t go wrong with that. You can go and enjoy what nature has to offer in all its variety and now that the new baby panda has been born you’ll have no reasons. The zoo is big and we would suggest spending a full day there, so you don’t have to rush round and tire yourself out. If you’re looking for something more adventurous you can try the phone app called ViewRanger which has wheelchair accessible routes among natural sceneries.


This is a easy one any restaurant will gladly welcome you and your kids but still but are a couple of suggestions of restaurants that are definitely wheelchair accessible: A Room in Leith, The Apartment, Atrium Edinburgh, Bella Mbriana, Chop Chop Restaurants, etc. A good resource for checking the accessibility of a place and getting reviews is Euans Guide, a website that allows you venues and places on how accessible they are for those with disabilities or additional needs.

Edinburgh’s Castle

We know it might be hard work for someone in a wheelchair to go and visit the Edinburgh’s Castle but still it’s always an option for (even with some limitations) it’s wheelchair accessible and you can just enjoy a great view over the city.

It is “Summertime and the living is easy” and it’s true. You don’t stay home, get out and about and enjoy the good weather, the sun, the parks, museums and all that summer can offer.

Capr Style

How did you react when you were first told/found out Christian’s condition?

Hi everyone, as you all know CAPR Style was founded by me, Claudia Romero, and the reason behind comes from a very personal story, the story of my son Christian who is profoundly disabled, so I decided to give you some insight of my story so you could understand a little bit more about why and what we do here.

How did you react when you were first told/found out Christian’s condition?

When you are expecting a baby and you have had a good pregnancy and having all the regular checks up and nothing strange appear and you also are feeling great, you never think that your world can change in a second. I had a planned c-section due the size of the baby. My first son (Sebastian) had problems when he was born because he got his shoulder stuck and they had to do an emergency procedure to delivery him safely because of this the midwives and doctor decided to do a c-section to reduce the risk of problems.

With Christian was big for his age and was safer to have a c-section so we with my husband were very calm and happy. Everything started to change when he was born…he came with malformation in his toes and fingers so as a Mum the only thing that crossed my mind, and this is going to sound a bit vain, was that the rest of his schoolmates were going to make fun of him…how silly I was. Then things started to get worse Christian didn’t pass his hearing test so as parents we started to think if someone in the family had problems with their ears at early stage. There was, so we tried to comfort ourselves and say it is only some liquid that could reabsorbed and doctors suggested that as well… that was the first day.

Second day, hearing test again. He didn’t pass it, they did another deeper test and he didn’t pass it so we were referred to the specialist. After that we started to google. Very paranoid about everything that could be wrong we found that there was a syndrome very but very rare that had those two conditions at the same time, so we mentioned it to the doctors and they said that no that could not be, this was random and told us to go home and not to worry.

But things were getting worse, Christian started to lose weight and at 4 weeks he started to have seizures. They were very mild seizures so nobody at the hospital believed me at first so I started to record the episodes. When he started having reoccurring seizures I went to the hospital with the recordings so the doctors could see what was happening. In between this we were told that Christian was profoundly deaf, so now the syndrome that we found on Google was making a lot of sense tadalafil generic. Finally the geneticist and neurologist told us that Christian had DOOR’S syndrome and there is only about 50 in the whole world since recorded, so let’s say there is around 15 alive that are known. That was one of darkest days that I have ever had specially when they tell you that he is not going to make his first year as he had the most severe case of seizures. His was also registered as neurologically blind due to the doctors being unable to assess if he could see or how he saw things.

Well now he is now 5 still with loads of seizures per day but not the scary big ones that kept him at the hospital for his first year. With a heart rate over 240 and Oxygen levels of 65 almost every doctor and nurse were more scared than me at the point.

Things are settling down and although we had to fight a lot to get things done promptly we have been blessed and have had lot of support especially from the Neurology Team at the Royal Hospital For Sick Kids in Edinburgh. They have fought for Christian as well, because of his condition many other specialists didn’t want to do simple operations due the risk of death, but his Neurologist always backed us up and he pushed to make things happen. Thanks to that he had his PEG tube done, before this he had had many problems with feeding through Nasal tube and because he was vomiting part of that was aspirated and he developed recurrent lung infections. Many of his lung problems stopped with the PEG tube and he had tonsils and adenoids removed (those were causing apnoea’s that drop oxygen levels to 55 sometimes).

We have had much support from respite and the great school he has gone to since he was 3. They have been there for us all the time and they are great with Christian, especially because he cannot say anything and is difficult to know when he gets anything of the stimulation. He only reacts when he feels strong discomfort, like when he is in pain. But he has improved slightly now he has a bit more strength in his neck thanks to the hydrotherapy and the exercises that they made him at school (on top of the ones at home).

This is how I came to know a new existence, it’s a challenge that accept everyday of my life with open arms and heart. I want to thank all the support I’ve received to this date either from family, friends or professionals.

Sincerely yours

Claudia Romero

Our Story

How CAPR-Style began

As told by Claudia Romero, Founding Manager

The idea for CAPR-Style came about when I was looking for clothing that would help with dressing and undressing my youngest son, who is almost 5-years old now and profoundly disabled.

As a mother of three young boys, time is not something I have in abundance. My youngest son has a neurological condition that prevents him from being able to move voluntarily; meaning he is 100% dependant on others. Due to this, dressing and undressing him is an extremely difficult task, especially when it comes to putting on t-shirts, jumpers and jackets.

As he has grown older, I began to struggle with his trousers as they don’t have room for his pads. His growing has also made it increasingly difficult to change him, with his day carers and myself losing a lot of time in doing so.

Dressing is a time-consuming task, sometimes stressful (especially in the mornings, getting all three boys ready for school on time). For my son this process is uncomfortable and lifting and moving him also raises the risk of injury for his day carers and us as parents.

Looking for solutions already available, it was clear there wasn’t anything very appealing or trendy for older children or teenagers, nor any products that would satisfy or solve our littlest man’s dressing challenge.

It was then that I decided to start CAPR-Style, to produce a complete line of clothing, a whole wardrobe that solves the daily challenges of dressing disabled children, young and old, bringing them fashion and style, and with the carers needs discretely incorporated into the items.

We Are CAPR-Style

Launching in January we are an Edinburgh based company dedicated to bringing clothing solutions to those with additional support needs. Designing adaptive clothing catering to the physical restrictions of the wearer we are a company unlike any other in the UK. Our garments can offer a better quality of life for those suffering from disabilities and give assistance to parents and carers.

CAPR-Style grew from a mother’s need to adapt her severely disabled son’s clothing to make them more accommodating to her and her son’s limitations. Now striving to make garments that strike a balance between style and function, we offer individual customisations to cater for each user’s specific needs on a variety of our clothing. Launching with a range of t-shirts, trousers, dresses, and jumpers, all created from continuously working with those who benefit from our garments.

CAPR-Style is the only company trading in the UK that supplies fashionable and adaptive clothing to children with disabilities or special needs. Based in Edinburgh, we hand-make each garment creating them to fit the needs of the customer. Offering support to our customers to make sure they get the most out of their garments we have visual aids and instructional videos on how the clothing is best used and cared for.

All our products are designed specifically for people with severe disabilities and also for wheelchair users and those with incontinence problems. The main users of our products will be those who have:

  • Limited range of motion and impaired dexterity
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Spinal Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke Hemiplegia
  • Rigidity
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Toileting/Changing needs
  • G-Tube feeding
  • Catheters and colostomy bags
  • IV tubes

All the final adjustments to our products can be customized to personal needs (i.e. T-shirts with access to PEG tube or length of legs). If you would like any information on the adjustments we can make please email quoting ‘Customisations’ in the subject.

Watch this space for more information on who we are and our clothing!