Brief Summary: Created by Eman Rimawi, Amped Up refers to a new line of clothing that are designed to ease the process of dressing and undressing for amputees.
In addition to having worked as a community organizer for a long time, launching Amped Up has put Eman Rimawi -- who is herself an amputee -- at a better position to have an even bigger and more positive impact to her new community. She launched her special line of adaptive clothes in New York City on August 15, 2015.
After getting diagnosed with a very rare blood-clotting disorder two years ago, Rimawi had to undergo up to 11 surgeries in 2014. Despite the subsequent loss of both of her legs, including the right knee, she never lost hope. Her new Amped Up line of clothing features trousers equipped with velcro fastening that allows it to be opened all the way up to the top of the leg. This allows above-the-knee amputees like herself to put the trousers on and off much more easily.
Rimawi also explains that due to the ease with which each article is able to pass over her prosthetic leg, her typical uniform involves leggings and shorts. She says that when she launched Amped Up, her vision was to change the world of fashion 2162 to both suit her needs and those of many others in America and the globe at large.
Ruptly quoted her as saying that she came up with the Amped Up design following her experience of difficulties with getting dressed with her above-knee prosthetic. She was wearing shorts and leggings most of the time and wanted to try other clothing designs like jeans, suits and pants that would make it easier for her to get dressed.
Rimawi also says that the U.S. has up to 1.7 million amputees, a figure that does not even include veterans, with all kinds of amputations including legs, arms, etc. She adds that all these people need to have access to clothing that markets towards their needs and designs that they can wear and feel perfect.
When Rimawi lost her right knee about a year ago and slid into a deep depression, it was her community work that helped lift her out of it. She says that today she feels completely different from how she felt then, crediting this transformation to her feeling of being of service to other people, as well as being there for them through their struggles.
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