Some people with autism spectrum disorder find getting dressed incredibly challenging and studies show at least 75%of people with autism also have symptoms related to sensory processing disorder. That means they may be hypersensitive to things in their environment and may find tags, seams, and bright colors in their clothing and shoes uncomfortable. Now Vans is introducing a line of sneakers made with kids with autism in mind.
The skateboarding shoe company’s new collection was created for kids with sensory issues. The sneakers are slip-ons with pull-tabs or use Velcro to close and only come in muted colors, like grays and blues.
The new Vans line is out now before Autism Awareness Month, which is in April. The company will be donating at least $100-thousand of the proceeds from these shoes to The A.skate Foundation, a nonprofit that teaches skateboarding to children with autism for free. To see the shoes and read the story, click the Autism Speaks logo below ↓