Asos launches wheelchair-friendly jumpsuit

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Asos has been praised by swathes of shoppers on social media for the launch of a wheelchair-friendly jumpsuit.

The online retailer started selling the jumpsuit last week, which was designed in partnership with British Paralympian and BBC sports reporter Chloe Ball-Hopkins.

After sending an email to Asos urging them to produce more adaptive clothing options for customers who use a wheelchair, the brand created the colourful two-piece waterproof jumpsuit, which allows the bottom and top halves to be zipped together.

“People like myself, who are in a chair, we get cold very easily, and water and rain definitely don’t help that”, Ball-Hopkins told the BBC.

“It’s not about making disabled fashion, it’s about making fashion accessible”, noted the paralympic athlete on Twitter.

The jumpsuit, which retailers for £50 here in the UK, has been widely praised on social media, with fans dubbing it “diversity without tokenism” and celebrating Asos’s “embrace of accessibility”.

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