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creating costumes for children with special needs

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Costumes come true is an initiative that connects design students with children with disabilities, in order to create inclusive costumes that empower their wheelchairs and walkers. 
I had the idea while volunteering in Izzy Shapiro Rehabilitation center; I asked one of the children what he would be dressed as for Purim and he replied that he doesn't like Purim because no matter which costume, he will always be Superman, Batman or a minion in a wheelchair. 
That inspired the concept of using the child's assistive aid as an empowering part of the costume which gives its uniqueness. 
The project started as a collaboration between the design faculty of HIT and expanded to other institutions. Today 5 design schools take part in the project, creating over 80 costumes each year.
Over the years, while developing the costumes we encountered reoccurring challenges. We also notice we are developing similar costumes each year, and I realized that we did not have an effective way to preserve and use the knowledge gained in previous years.

My job at TOM let me to understand that documenting and sharing of this information is crucial. So, in Purim 2021 we launched the Open-Source user guide for the first time, allowing users all over the world to create their own accessible costumes using simple and accessible materials. 

Watch me talk about "costumes come true" in the channel 12 morning show:


PURIM 2022

In 2022 we launched a new collaboration - Costumes come true arrived to Adi Negev - the largest rehabilitation village in the south of Israel.
We created 3 tutorials for cardboard-based costumes that can easily be made following simple instructions - a tractor, an airplane, and a market stand. 

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PURIM 2021

2021 was the year when we launched our open-source costume making instructions. This  started as a solution for Covid challenges, and quickly turned out to provide a solution for a wider range of challenges.
We created 3 tutorials for cardboard-based costumes that can easily be made following simple instructions - a butterfly, an airplane pilot, a DJ and a candy shop.