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Winter’s Must-Have Accessible Accessory for People with Limb Differences

Knit hats, wool scarves, insulated jackets… dressing kids during chilly months can be challenging, especially when seasonal accessories tend to be ill-fitting. At least that’s how Anna-Maria Mountfort felt when it came to gloves and mittens. They just never stayed put on her kiddo’s hands! So, she launched a well-designed collection of mittens and, eventually, adopted a focus of inclusively-designed mittens for children with limb differences.

“We started doing this because we could not find mittens that stayed on,” Mountfort, a Toronto-based mother, explained of her inspiration to create mimiTENS. Serving newborns up to age five, the brand has since grown to include booties, baseball caps, hats, neckwarmers and backpacks.

Cozy and water-resistant, mimiTENS are crafted with a blend of bamboo, lycra and organic cotton materials. They feature long, stretchy cuffs that extend to the elbow. It was because of customers’ special requests that Mountfort felt compelled to go out on a limb with adaptive accessories. While outfitting all kiddos in winter gear can be tricky, Mountfort realized that accessibility to stylish mittens that comfortably remain in place is an even bigger trial for children with limb differences.

mimiTENS outfit kids with limb differences
(photo by Patrick Marcoux; courtesy of Anna-Maria Mountfort)

“It has always been my intention to use my invention for good,” Mountfort declared. Thus, when parents of a child with limb difference order mittens, they don’t just receive a pair; rather, mimiTENS ships three mittens: a right, a left and an additional specialty flat mitten (without thumb slot) at no additional cost.

mimiTENS are sold at various retail locations throughout Canada, as well as select U.S. states including New York and Montana. Plus, all customers – with and without limb differences – can shop mimiTENS online store with a convenient delivery option.

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Nancy DeVault
Nancy is the managing editor of AmeriDisability. She is an award-winning storyteller passionate about health and happiness.

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