I love getting dressed up. As a disabled woman, I like to say that if people are going to stare at me, I want to make sure it’s because I look and feel amazing. Unfortunately, access needs often make shopping for fashion and style a dreaded chore.

Imagine my delight when friends started recommending Every Human – an online fashion and lifestyle shop with high-quality products made accessible to people of all abilities. Easy to use, fun, sexy and fashionable? With things we love, want and need? Yes please.

Much like its founder and CEO, Matt Skerritt, Every Human seems self-assured. It’s also ambitious yet understated. There’s an authenticity to its commitment to social change and collaboration with the disability community. Products are designed by disabled people who understand the challenges they are trying to address. Interestingly, it was a passion for adaptive fashion among his disabled friends that made Skerritt move away from his family’s aged-care business to focus on changing perceptions of disability.

“I saw a problem, where fashion and disability didn’t go hand in hand when there is every reason they should,” says Skerritt. “What I do know is how I feel when I put on a nice pair of pants, shirt and jacket. I feel confident, have a bounce in my step and feel like I can tackle the world. My friends with disabilities are no different. They want to wear clothes that make them feel amazing.”

Since its launch in late 2019, Every Human has gone from strength to strength. This year, its partnership with fellow lifestyle brand Ffora, which stands for “fashion for all”, expanded its range of adaptive clothing and footwear to include other items, such as attachable bags, inclusive jewellery, accessible tech and homewares.

Every Human didn’t stop there. It launched a revolutionary new shoe program, making it the first Australian retailer to allow you to buy one shoe, or two shoes in different sizes. It’s a game-changer for those of us with unruly feet and toes, because new shoes are another inherently stressful purchase. It may come as a shock to people who can buy a new pair of shoes easily, but 60 per cent of the population have different sized feet.

The shoes come in a range of different styles too, with easy slip, zippered and orthotic friendly options, to name a few. While not without its challenges, Skerritt says accessibility is “not only the right thing to do, but with millions of people living with disability, it’s also good business”.

Skerritt tells Broadsheet his proudest achievement is Every Human’s space for the disability community to share stories and connect with others. The journal section covers a range of relevant social, political and health issues in a really authentic and respectful way (something that is often lacking for other retailers in this space). Employment, disability pride and identity, dating and relationships, and intersectionality are just some of the topics explored. After all, accessibility goes beyond the physical.

Every Human supports bold, thoughtful, trusted initiatives that create real lasting change in people’s lives. Still, when I think about the impact Every Human can have, I think a customer on Facebook said it best: “It’s the little things that make me feel as if I belong.”

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