Before founding the Runway of Dreams Foundation (RoDF) in 2014, Mindy Scheier spent 20 years working in fashion on the design team for the INC collection and as a stylist for Saks Fifth Avenue, among other roles.
Mindy was inspired to create RoDF after her son Oliver, who has Muscular Dystrophy, dreamed of wearing jeans like everyone else, but couldn’t manage the buttons or zippers. After using her design skills to adapt a pair that met his needs and increased his confidence, she went on to conduct extensive research to develop modifications — including alternate closures, adjustability of waistbands, pant and sleeve lengths and different ways to get in and out of the clothing. RoDF made fashion history in 2016, when it collaborated with Tommy Hilfiger on the first mainstream adaptive clothing line for kids. Currently, Mindy serves as a consultant for Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive.
Through RoDF, Mindy continues to break down barriers and challenge industry norms by developing and supporting initiatives to broaden the reach of mainstream adaptive clothing and promote people with disabilities in the fashion industry. RoDF is working to change the conversation in fashion and Mindy is the leading spokesperson for its campaign for inclusion. She has delivered a TED Talk, been featured on The View, The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, Good Day NY, Fox News Live, and CNN among others. Additionally, her story and RoDF’s mission has been featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, Womens Wear Daily, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Britt & Co. and Rueters to name a few.
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