How One Company Has Products For Kids of All Abilities

Jennifer "Jay" Palumbo
4 min readApr 25, 2021
Patti + Ricky strives to be the one-stop-shop for people with disabilities, including visible and non-visible disabilities and temporary and lifelong disabilities.

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 54 children have been identified with Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and 1 in 6 children are thought to have some sensory need. It can be difficult for parents of special needs children to find
products that will fit their child’s needs without scouring the web for hours
or visiting every store in the mall. Patti + Ricky, an eCommerce website specializing in inclusive and adaptive clothing, accessories, and toys offer a wide range of sensory-friendly gadgets such as Chewelry (chew-safe jewelry), art supplies, weight blankets, and lap pads, cozy cocoons as well as a wide variety of fidget toys ranging from calming playdough to marble mazes.

All people have different talents, strengths, challenges, and
moments when a little extra help can go a long way. The new online marketplace, Patti + Ricky was created by founder Alexandra Herold as a digital shopping destination dedicated to offering products from designers that cater to people of all abilities. They offer items for women, men, and kids that fulfill specific needs without sacrificing style and personal expression.

Founder Alexandra Herold’s parents both worked in the New York
City fashion and accessory industry. Growing up in a house full of
conversations about the next fashion trend or “it” color of the season led
Alexandra feels like she was born into retail and in her blood. Her own
disAbilities, her close relationship with her cousin Ricky who was unable to walk or verbally communicate, and her mother’s battle with brain cancer fueled Alexandra’s determination to launch Patti + Ricky. Many of the designers whose products are featured on the site also have disAbilities or a loved one with disabilities. Patti + Ricky strives to be the one-stop-shop for people with disabilities, including visible and non-visible disabilities and temporary and lifelong disabilities.

The Statistics Behind Their Story

The latest statistics available through the American Community Surveys estimate that 12.6% of the US population has a…

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Jennifer "Jay" Palumbo

CEO of Wonder Woman Writer, Freelance Writer & Women’s Health Advocate. Has written for Parents Magazine, Time Magazine, Huffington Post, and ScaryMommy.