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					                     Quick Change Clothing: Market Research Report




Team Members:
Tim Yung: Primary Facilitator
Kelly Rickey: Process Observer
Ben Ullian: Videographer
Pranita Suvarna: Conflict Resolver
Jared Katz: Time Keeper


Project Client: Melvin Drakeford
Submission Date: November 30, 2004
                                                      TABLE OF CONTENTS
I. CLIENT, PROBLEM, REPORT SUMMARY ...................................................................... 3
   Client Background .................................................................................................................... 3
   Purpose of This Report ............................................................................................................. 3
II. DEMOGRAPHICS .................................................................................................................. 4
   Defining our client base ............................................................................................................ 4
   Methods of Gathering Demographic Information ................................................................. 4
   Population Density .................................................................................................................... 4
   Age and Disability Status ......................................................................................................... 6
III. CHANNELS OF SALES ....................................................................................................... 7
   Sources ....................................................................................................................................... 7
   Home Shopping: Internet, Catalogs, and Television ............................................................. 7
   Department Stores on the Internet .......................................................................................... 9
   Other: Hospitals & Disability Centers, Medicare listings, seminars ................................. 10
   Insurance Coverage of Product ............................................................................................. 11
IV. MANUFACTURING COST AND MATERIALS ............................................................. 12
   Material Costs ......................................................................................................................... 12
APPENDIX A: NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS .................................................................. 14
APPENDIX B: CONTACT INFORMATION AND USEFUL WEBSITES ......................... 15
   Health Insurance Related Sites .............................................................................................. 15
   Organization Web Sites (for possible Seminars).................................................................. 15
   Manufacturers ......................................................................................................................... 16
   Suppliers .................................................................................................................................. 16




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                         I. CLIENT, PROBLEM, REPORT SUMMARY


Client Background
Designing accessible clothing was not the original intention of our client, Mr. Melvin Drakeford,
when he started the Quick Change Clothing Company in November 2002. The company is
located in Teaneck, New Jersey, near Mr. Drakeford’s home. It began after Mr. Drakeford
invented a revolutionary tennis shirt for women. The rules of professional tennis do not allow
women to leave the court during a match, and these shirts allow them to change on-court without
fear of exposure. Unfortunately, his sales to the tennis market were hindered due to contractual
agreements that bound many professional tennis players exclusively to specific corporate
sponsors. Because of these agreements, the players were not able to use clothing from sources
other than their sponsors.

Mr. Drakeford realized that his shirts not only offered people the ability to change in public, but
for some were also simpler to change into than regular t-shirts. This realization opened up a
whole new business opportunity for his product. By targeting customers who have difficulty with
changing, he could market the fact that these shirts were quicker and easier to use than regular
shirts. Mr. Drakeford considered disabled individuals with upper-body limitations to be his
―target audience‖ for his ―Quick-Change‖ shirts, and for this reason he became involved with our
Gateway group at Columbia.


Purpose of This Report
The purpose of this report is to analyze the market for the Quick Change accessible shirts. Mr.
Drakeford is specifically interested in the details and disability statistics for the greater tri-state
area, including Pennsylvania. This report details the market for Quick Change shirts by
explaining demographics of disability, possible channels of sales, and the most effective and
least expensive materials that should be used for construction of these shirts.

In terms of demographics, this report will define the range of disabilities for which Quick
Change accessible shirts are the most beneficial, as well as the geographic distribution of persons
with those disabilities. With this information, Mr. Drakeford will be able to target areas of high
interest to his company. In addition, we will explain the best ways of reaching the disabled target
population, whether through advertisement on the internet, television, in catalogs or magazines,
or through insurance agencies and HMOs. Information on payment for clients who cannot afford
their own clothing is also included. Finally, this report will scrutinize various construction
methods and materials for cost and effectiveness. With this information, Mr. Drakeford should
be able to make a low-cost accessible shirt and sell it to the target market more effectively.




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                                          II. DEMOGRAPHICS

Defining our client base
According to analysts at DisabilityStatistics.org and government documents, there are over 20
definitions of disability use to determine eligibility to public and private financial services and
government services. The most frequently used framework for disabilities come from Nagi’s
1969 paper ―Disability and Rehabilitation.‖ In it a disability is looked at as a process by which a
person moves through four stages: pathology, impairment, functional limitation, and disability.
The process begins with a pathology which is the presence of a physical or mental condition that
interrupts the physical or mental process of the human body. From there we continue to an
impairment in which a loss, be it physiological, anatomical, or mental, limits a person’s capacity
to function. The third stage, a functional limitation, is defined by the restriction of the
performance or completion of a fundamental activity such as using the telephone. Finally, a
disability is a limitation in the performance of roles and tasks that are socially expected. The
basic concept then is that individuals move from a healthy state to a point at which some
condition beings to impinge on activities that are socially expected of them, and that this
movement is related to the environment in which these individuals live.

Groups that may be best served by the quick change shirt includes but is not limited those
suffering from:
     hemiplegia (one side of the body is disabled), quadriplegia (neck-down disability),
        paraplegia (complete disability), monoplegia (paralysis of a single limb, muscle, or
        muscle group).
     Arthritis sufferers
     Some Cancer patients (breast cancer for instance, and those weakened by chemotherapy
        or radiation therapy)
     Multiple Sclerosis (scarring of the spinal tissue) patients
     Spinal Cord Injury patients
     Stroke patients
     People suffering from temporary injuries to the neck, back, chest, shoulders, or arms as
        the result of an accident or surgical procedure.

Methods of Gathering Demographic Information

Questions regarding work limitation, general and fundamental activity limitations, and
impairments appear in various forms in Census2000, American Community Survey (ACS),
Current Population Survey (CPS), National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), Medical
Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), Survey of Income
and Program Participation (SIPP) and the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS).

Population Density

According to the 2000 Census, around 50 million people, 19.3% of the US population over the
age of 5, have a disability. Within this population, 21.2 million people (8.2%) have a condition
that limits basic physical activities such as walking, lifting, or reaching. In addition, 6.8 million
or 2.6 percent of this have difficulty dressing, bathing, or getting around the house due to a


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physical, mental, or emotional condition. Unfortunately 18.2 million people (8.6%) also have
difficulty leaving their home to shop or even visit a doctor.

As we look further into this group we find that people with disabilities live all across the United
States. This highest proportion of disabled people within the population is found in the South
(20.9%), followed by the Northeast (19.2%), then the West (18.7%) and finally the Midwest
(17.7%). More specifically, we find that the highest proportion of people limited in the activities
they can carry out live in rural areas (17.6%), with people in cities reporting a slightly lower rate
of 15.8%, and those people in the suburbs of cities reporting the lowest activity limitation levels
of 13.4%.

This information initially suggests that we should have some difficulty in having a representative
population on which to test our quick change shirt but further investigation shows that this is not
the case. Four of the top 10 places with 100,000+ people with the highest percentage of people
with disabilities are in the tri-state area (Patterson, NJ – 29.8%; Newark, NJ – 29%; Hartford,
CT; 27.2%; Buffalo, NY- 26.2%). While only New York has a disabled community percentage
above the national average (20.6%), New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut still have
sizable populations with 18%, 18.6%, and 17.5% respectively. Closer examination of each state
by county (see figure below) though also shows a significant number of target communities
where product trials can begin.

Percent of people age 5+ in the
Northeast with any disability by
county




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Age and Disability Status

As reflected in the figure below, disability rates rise with age for both sexes in the population.
The most important thing to keep in mind when viewing this figure is that currently in the United
States, the fastest growing age group are the ―baby boomers‖ (age 45-55) who increased 49% to
37.7 million in 2000. This is the age group at which disability rates begin to sharply rise and shift
from a minority issue to a majority issue. If the demographics of current older groups can serve
as a predictor for what to expect from this aging group there is reason for concern.




Source: McNeil, 1993 Survey: SIPP, 1992

Already physical disabilities affect 28.6% of all older adults versus only 6.2% of the working age
population. Add to this the fact that the prevalence of a self-care disability was more than 5 times
greater among older adults (9.5%) than among people of working age (1.8%) and that 20.4% of
these older adults reported difficulties going outside home alone to shop or visit the doctor, and
we have a sizable population that can benefit from our product but who are harder to reach
because they are homebound.

Sources: Data is this section comes from the Census bureau, the Center for Disease Control and
Prevention, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the New York
State department of Health.
http://www.census.gov/mso/www/pres_lib/disabilitystatus_files/v3_document.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/nhis_dis/nhis_dis.htm
http://www.infouse.com/disabilitydata/disability/index.php
http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/prevent/prevalence.htm




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III. CHANNELS OF SALES

Sources: Data in this section is based on the American market analysis at Euromonitor, a market
research company. Data from trade associations, major companies, trade journals, business and
financial press, as well as on-line searches was collated for this report.

Home Shopping: Internet, Catalogs, and Television

The US market for mail order and home shopping (via the Internet and television) grew roughly
110% between 1999 and 2003 to $207.5 billion. Euromonitor points out that ―as consumers
became more accustomed to using the internet as a shopping medium, internet retailing emerged
as the most dominant sector, accounting for 53.9% of market sales in 2003 at US$111.8 billion,
representing an increase of 321% from 1999 figures.‖ Consequently, catalogues, once the
dominant sector saw its market share reduce to 38.3% in 2003.

The Internet is increasingly being used as a tool for comparison shopping with more than 36% of
all households in the US reporting that they shopped online in 2002. Even with the rapid growth
in the Internet segment over 75% of online shoppers say they still browse through most of the
catalogs they receive. Euromonitor goes on to elaborate that the Internet is used to supplement
catalogues to the point that, ―29% of Internet shoppers went online to get more information about
a product they saw in a catalog. Moreover, 25% used the Web to buy products that they first saw
in a catalog.‖

Looking forward, the US mail order and home shopping market is expected to increase roughly
18% to a value of US$270 billion in 2008. Internet retailing is expected to continue to dominate
during this time representing close to 50% of the market. The catalogue sector’s share will drop
to around 33 of the market with television representing the remaining 17%.

According to the National Organization on Disability, people with disabilities have increased
their use of the Internet over the past two years. In the two and a half period between May of
1998 and December of 2001, internet use increased more than 400% among people with
disabilities (from 7% to 38%). This is twice as much as the internet use increase among those
without disabilities (26% to 56%) with the result that four out of ten people with disabilities
spend twice as much time as their non-disabled counterparts online.

Another source has helped us to realize the Internet is a promising way to sell adaptive clothing.
According to Brad Patterson, a founder of the Alliance For People With Disabilities, ―many of
them [homebound individuals, including those with upper-body disabilities] are shopping
online…a lot of them are starting to use the Internet…‖

Mr. Patterson also said that most of those individuals prefer low-priced items. He noted that it
―saves time and energy‖ for disabled individuals to buy items from relatively cheap, famous
department stores like Sears online.

As a market the Internet is ideal for small manufacturers because it offers them the chance to sell
their products directly to the public bypassing many of the issues faced by their larger
counterparts such as overstocking. The most successful companies in the market today are using


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a combination of media (catalogues, television, and internet) to reach their consumers at home.
In light of this information then we recommend pursing advertising and selling the quick change
shirt over the internet either through the company’s own web page or over another retailer’s web
page. We discuss the latter option in the section ―Department Stores on the Internet‖ below.

An important caveat here is that 8.7 million disabled people (17.6%) are official poor. Therefore
as Mr. Drakeford pointed out, many people in our target population ―… don’t have [a computer]
because of their physical limitations and [because] they don’t have the money for [it].‖ However,
this problem can be addressed by examining the market for television based sales.

Although market predictions only put the television sector at about 17% of the home shopping
market, demographic trends favor potential growth within the teleshopping sector as members of
the baby boom generation enter retirement and likely to watch more television. In light of this
information then, we suggest two companies, QVC and the Home Shopping Network, which
dominate the market and are worth investigating as potential carriers of the quick change shirt.

       Home Shopping Network
       HSN is now the 4th largest cable television network in the U.S reaching more than 83
       million U.S. households and generating worldwide consolidated sales of $2.2 billion.

       Approximately 75% of their customers are women with the average customer being over
       40 years old and making $63,000 per year.

       New Vendor Applications and Frequently Asked Questions can be found at
       https://view.hsn.net/support/newbusiness.aspx , while the Vendor Requirements Manual
       is at: https://view.hsn.net/documents/library.aspx?dt=Manuals.

       QVC Shopping (Quality, Value, Convenience)
       QVC reaches approximately 86 million American homes, 13.1 million households in the
       United Kingdom, 34 million homes in Germany, and more than 11.6 million homes in
       Japan. In the US alone is introduces roughly 250 new products every week.

       New Vendor Applications and Frequently Asked Questions can be found at:
       http://www.qvcproductsearch.com/




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Department Stores on the Internet
From 1999 to 2003 department stores market posted a 5.4% growth with 1.4% of that growth
occurring in 2003, to reach a value of US$118.4 billion.

Of most interest with this sector is the shift in shopping habits of our target population the baby
boomers. This group represents the largest segment of the population and is the key age range at
which disability rates begin to rise.

Looking forward, the US market for department stores is expected to face minor yearly declines
dependant largely on the aging baby boomer generation’s attitude towards clothing purchases as
apparel comprises approximately 75% of department store merchandise.

Euromonitor analysts note that within the current market those stores that are performing best are
the large discount stores and department stores that have begun to move away from their
dependence on malls and invest in their internet sales. Combining this with Mr. Patterson’s
description of what ―saves [the disabled] time and energy,‖ we contacted some of the market
leaders such as Sears, Wal-Mart and Target all of which have shopping online. Even without the
Internet aspect, these stores are well-known, located throughout the tristate area, and are
relatively cheap—useful criteria for the disabled living in or near New York City. These
companies with their online sales capabilities serve as our primary recommendation for reaching
your target client and selling the quick change shirt.

       SEARS
       Luckily, we have received feedback from one of these stores regarding the cost of
       supplying T-shirts to the company. According to Sears Merchandise Marketing Specialist
       Marisa Capozzo, Sears does not charge a supplier anything if its product makes it into the
       catalog. In Mr. Drakeford’s case, the store would inspect his T-shirt and place it into its
       catalog if it seems worthy enough. Ms. Capozzo also noted that the more orders a
       supplier places into the catalog, the cheaper the product is sold to customers. If Mr.
       Drakeford placed a great number of shirt orders into the Sears catalog, he may be able to
       reach customers more easily with the cheaper prices.

       WAL-MART
       Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is the world's largest retailer, with $244.5 billion in sales in the
       fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2003. The company employs more than 1.3 million associates
       worldwide through more than 3,200 facilities in the United States and more than 1,100
       units in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, China, Korea, Germany and the
       United Kingdom. More than 100 million customers per week visit Wal-Mart stores
       worldwide.

       Wal-Mart was also contacted about financial issues regarding the shirt. According to
       Diane, an assistant for the company, ―there are lots of things you have to look at…how
       much the T-shirt would cost…cost for [shipping it] from one location to another…‖




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       She noted that if you sold the T-shirt to Wal-Mart for a given price, Wal-Mart would then
       sell it to customers for more.

       ―It depends on what you say you’ll sell it for,‖ she said.

       Unlike Sears, Wal-Mart does not have mailing catalogs. However, it is a common store
       with a growing internet sales department and is a viable option for future distribution of
       the quick change shirt.

       Forms and other information about how you can get your product carried by Wal-Mart
       can be found at http://www.walmartstores.com . Click on ―Supplier Information.‖

       TARGET
       Target is an upscale discounter with 1313 stores in 47 states and a market share ranging
       from 1-10%. The median age of their customers is 45 with a median household income of
       approximately $57K. Most interestingly 90% of their customers are female with roughly
       39% having children at home.

       As with the other department stores mentioned, Target is doing a growing amount of its
       business over the internet. It continues to distribute customer specific catalogues though.
       Forms and other information about how your product may become a Target product can
       be found at the URL below.
       http://www.targetcorp.com/targetcorp_group/about/vendor.jhtml#contracts

Other: Hospitals & Disability Centers, Medicare listings, seminars

Other means of reaching those with upper-body disabilities include hospitals and disability
centers, Medicare listings and seminars. Unfortunately an unforeseen combination of HIPPA
regulations and the team’s role as college students made access to such institution rather
difficult. People either could not discuss details about their patient population or were reluctant
to get into such conversation with college students. However, we feel that a representative of the
company would have more success in this field.

According to adaptive clothing store owner Jim Lechner of Clothing Solutions, ―almost all of‖
the orders for his products come from nursing homes. Thus, contacting these facilities—along
with hospitals—and getting permission to advertise the Quick Change T-shirt within their halls
or through catalogs that go there may help jumpstart Mr. Drakeford’s product.

Mr. Lechner also informed us that he gets his catalog to people by searching ―through the
Medicare listings.‖ If Mr. Drakeford can get a hold of these listings, he may be able to send his
own catalog to these individuals.

The final method of reaching our client we considered was via seminars. Unfortunately, we have
had great difficulty finding specific disability seminars which Mr. Drakeford could attend to
promote his shirts; however, some helpful organizations he could contact include the National
Organization on Disability and the Alliance For People With Disabilities.



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Insurance Coverage of Product
Approximately 47% of national medical expenditures come from the disabled population which
comprises only 17% of the total population. In 1987, people with an activity limitation due to a
chronic condition spent over four times more on medical care than nondisabled individuals (an
estimated $4,692 per person per year for those with limitations compared to $1,086 for those
with no limitations).

Individuals without disabilities typically rely on private coverage for their expenses (roughly
46% of the population). In comparison, the largest portion of people with disabilities pays via
public coverage (Medicare - 30% and Medicaid – 10%)

Looking at these trends over age groups, half of those with a disability are covered by private
insurance from ages 1-17. Private insurance coverage drops to 38% between age 18 and 64 and
only 14% over age 65. In comparison, 48% of those between ages 1 and 17 with no disabilities
are covered by private insurance, 53% between ages 18 and 64, and 18% over 65.

To date we have been unable to clearly interpret the Medicare and Medicaid policies regarding
the purchase of specialty clothing. We recommend further contact with state and government
sponsored organizations to work out potential funding for purchases.




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                     IV. MANUFACTURING COST AND MATERIALS

Material Costs
An important factor in purchasing a product lies in the cost of the item. There are several aspects
to the total cost of the Quick Change Shirt, including fastener types, fastener amount per shirt,
fabric type, shirt sizes, and shipping.

When looking at fasteners, our designs called for magnets and Velcro strips. A helpful website
that provided custom magnets for a cheap price was http://magnetcity.net. For their regular small
sized magnetic snaps, the cost would be 69 cents for each snap when ordered in bulk. For an
estimated 11 snaps per shirt, this adds up to $7.59 for fasteners alone. For our other design, we
needed 12 Velcro strips as fasteners along the shirt. Upon visiting http://www.textol.com, we
found that for our ½‖ thick Velcro strips, it would cost 32 cents/yard or .89 cents for each piece
of Velcro. This gives us a total of 10 cents for the cost of fasteners for the Velcro design, a much
cheaper alternative.


The next aspect of cost would be the shirt fabric itself. According to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services
(http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm) over one-half (54.3%) of US adults were overweight (BMI
greater than or equal to 25) in 1997, as were nearly two-thirds (62.3%) of men and just under
one-half (46.6%) of women. Almost 1 in 5 adults (18.8% of men and 19.3% of women) were
obese. Overweight increased steadily with age, peaking in the age group 45-64 years, and
declining somewhat thereafter. Overweight is defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than
or equal to 25 while its subset obesity is defined as a BMI greater than or equal to 30. Body mass
index is a measure of body weight versus height. Using this data then we can estimate the
distribution of shirt sizes we should manufacture.




To purchase wholesale shirts, I consulted http://www.apparelsource.com/ for the cheapest blank
t-shirts available. This company has many different kinds of clothing available but we are only
concerned with their cotton and cotton/polyester blend t-shirts. The pricing between 100% cotton


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and 50/50 blend shirts differ only slightly, but would make a difference when ordering in bulk
(listed below). When ordering in bulk, the cost for an XL size or smaller would be cheaper with
cotton shirts. However, when ordering 50/50 blend shirts, it would be cheaper to purchase larger
sizes. This is something to consider when we look at the percentage of our customers who would
need to wear larger sized shirts. This could be an issue because many handicapped individuals in
wheelchairs cannot get much exercise. For standard shipping to New Jersey, the cost for shipping
100 pieces comes to 34 dollars in shipping, or 34 cents/shirt, another aspect to add to our total
cost.

                 100% Cotton                                 50/50 Blend
       Size         1-11      12-35     36+        Size       1-11       12-35     36+
        Small         $1.26     $1.17    $1.10      Small        $1.27     $1.18    $1.12
        Medium        $1.26     $1.17    $1.10      Medium       $1.27     $1.18    $1.12
        Large         $1.26     $1.17    $1.10      Large        $1.27     $1.18    $1.12
        XL            $1.26     $1.17    $1.10      XL           $1.27     $1.18    $1.12
        2XL           $2.70     $2.50    $2.36      2XL          $2.63     $2.44    $2.30
        3XL           $2.75     $2.55    $2.41      3XL          $2.70     $2.50    $2.36
                                                    4XL          $2.75     $2.55    $2.41
                                                    5XL          $2.89     $2.68    $2.53



Now we need to consider which of the two shirt types to purchase by looking at the advantages
and disadvantages of both. With a 100% cotton shirt, the wearer would be most comfortable in
this material. For our XL and below sized customers, we could be saving money on ordering
these shirts. With a 50/50 cotton/polyester blend, the wearer would be less comfortable with the
shirt. However, the shirt would be more durable and could last longer. Also, for XXL and larger
shirts, we would be saving money on ordering.

Adding up all of these aspects in creating the shirt, not including labor costs, the base cost for
producing a magnetic cotton shirt would come to $9.03 when ordering an XL sized shirt.
Alternatively, with a Velcro style shirt, the base cost would only be $1.54 for an XL sized shirt.
Larger sizes would increase this amount only slightly, as would switching to 50/50 blend shirts.
My recommendation for our final product would be to choose a Velcro design mainly because of
the cost of manufacturing is significantly less than that of magnetic snaps. The option of cotton
shirts as compared to cotton/poly material would vary among customers depending on their
individual sizes. The best idea would be to purchase both material types so that there is an option
for the customer.




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                     APPENDIX A: NEW YORK CITY HOSPITALS


NYU Downtown Hospital
http://www.nyudh.org
(212)312-5000

New York Methodist Hospital
http://www.nym.org
(718)780-3000

St. Vincent’s Hospital
http://www.nymc.edu
(212)604-7000

Tisch Hospital
http://www.nyu.edu
(212)263-7300

St Clare’s Hospital
http://www.stclaresny.com
(212)586-1500

New York Presbyterian (Columbia Presbyterian)
http://www.nyp.com
(212)305-6204




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        APPENDIX B: CONTACT INFORMATION AND USEFUL WEBSITES

Government Sources of Disability Statistics

      Bureau of the Census
      A source of Census2000 statistics and annual statistics on prevalence, demographics,
      employment and earnings
          Main disability website: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/disability.html
          Annual statistics: http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/disable/disabcps.html
          Census2000 Disability Brief: http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/c2kbr-17.pdf

      Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
      A source of data, statistics and research on disability related issues.
      Fast Stats on most major epidemiological groups: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/

      Health Insurance Related Sites
             NY State Insurance Department: http://www.ins.state.ny.us/
             NY State Dept of Temporary and Disability Assistance:
                http://www.otda.state.ny.us/
             NY State HICCAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance
                Program: http://hiicap.state.ny.us/home/whoweare.htm
             NJ State Dept of Banking and Insurance:
                http://www.njdobi.org/consmnu.shtml
             NJ Dept of Hum Serv: Div of Disability Services:
                http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dds/index.html

      Social Security Administration (SSA)
             A source of statistics on Social Security disability-related programs
             http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/supplement/2002/index.html

      New York State Chartbook on Disabilities
           http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/prevent/chart/toc.htm

      U.S. Department of Education National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation
      Research (NIDRR)
      http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/index.html
      http://www.infouse.com/disabilitydata/disability/index.php
      A Chartbook on Disability in the U.S.


Organization Web Sites (for possible Seminars)

      http://www.yai.org/
      YAI Institute for People with Disabilities. A great national level organization for
      contacting the disabled community.



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      http://www.aapd.com/
      American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD). The largest national
      nonprofit cross-disability member organization in the United States, dedicated to
      ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56
      million Americans with disabilities.

Resources

      Alliance For People With Disabilities:
      http://www.afpwd.org/
      Brad Patterson, Founder
      2140 South Ivanhoe Street - Suite G-10
      Denver, Colorado 80222
      303-691-6012
      Fax: 303-837-1716

      Clothing Solutions:
      Jim Lechner, Owner
      http://www.specialclothing.com/
      800-336-2660

Manufacturers

      Magnet City:
      http://www.magnetcity.net
      Dave Kaplan - sales representative
      Office: 954-578-5111
      Fax: 954-578-0880

Suppliers

      Vendors

             AMC:
             New York-based Associated merchandising Corporations (AMC) was founded in
             1926 and today is a leading global sourcing organization. With more than 53
             International locations on six continents, AMC provides merchandising services
             that focus on identifying retail trends and introducing corresponding merchandise
             to consumers in nearly every corner of the world.

             Sears:
             Marisa Capozzo
             Merchandise Marketing Specialist
             Rite at Home HealthCare
             Licensee of SEARS Shop at Home
             7700 Brush Hill Rd


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Burr Ridge, IL 60527
PH: 630-850-7803
FX: 630-850-7623

Rite at Home HealthCare
Licensee of SEARS Shop at Home
7700 Brush Hill Rd
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
PH: 630-850-7803
FX: 630-850-7623




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