EyeSwearApparel

Blindness advocacy with a twist

Georgia, United States On Etsy since 2019

EyeSwearApparel

Blindness advocacy with a twist

Georgia, United States | 105 Sales

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The Owens Family

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The Owens Family

Announcement    Sending love and well wishes to you all. Please stay safe and healthy during this global health crisis. We are thinking of you. Please drop us a note to let us know you are well. Peace, The Owens Family (3/15/20 is the first day of our self-quarantine to stop the spread of Covid-19. Thank you for doing your part to protect your loved ones and the most susceptible global citizens.)

We love to feature our real customers as our models. If you tag us, we will share your post and tag your social media account.

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 15, 2020

Sending love and well wishes to you all. Please stay safe and healthy during this global health crisis. We are thinking of you. Please drop us a note to let us know you are well. Peace, The Owens Family (3/15/20 is the first day of our self-quarantine to stop the spread of Covid-19. Thank you for doing your part to protect your loved ones and the most susceptible global citizens.)

We love to feature our real customers as our models. If you tag us, we will share your post and tag your social media account.

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5 out of 5 stars
(17)

Updates

Be like Kai! Kai is holding up 2 fingers to make the peace sign while sporting his maroon EyeSwear Apparel tee that reads: I can’t count your fingers. (But, I’ve got one for you.) joy

About EyeSwearApparel

Sales 105
On Etsy since 2019

Our story.

Hi, we are the Owens family. Our youngest son, Kai, is 17 and is going blind from a retinal disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa. Some days it’s simply too much to feel like the “blindness ambassador” who has to politely and patiently educate an ignorant public. So, we created these shirts based on our own real-life interactions but with a twist – they include our sarcastic thoughts in braille.

Of course, it’s up to you whether or not you tell people what the braille actually says, because they will assume that it says exactly what is on the top, printed line. The joke is on them!

Families dealing with sight loss have real feelings and are facing real challenges to accessibility and the sappy, inspirational, grade one braille t-shirts on the market did not resonate with us. We hope to educate and change public perceptions of individuals who are blind and VI through the use of mature humor and sarcasm and by utilizing a combination of print and UEB contracted braille. The awareness statement is on the top line in white type font, followed by a "twist of sarcasm" on the bottom line which utilizes UEB contracted braille, black dots on white background. The simulated braille is not raised or tactile because we do not want to encourage unexpected touch. The flattering t-shirts are high-quality, pre-shrunk, 100% ring-spun cotton and are available in Men's/Unisex, Women's and youth styles.

The profits will help send Kai to college. He's dreaming of going to a contemporary music school that is out of state. He's working really hard and we want to help him achieve his goals. He is currently legally blind with about 5 degrees of blurry sight and he's a top-performing student at a mainstream high school. He walks with a white mobility cane and has recently qualified to receive a guide dog. He’s a braille reader and utilizes assistive technology to access his school work. He’s also a drummer in a few local bands and a sponsored skimboarder. He has a twisted sense of humor that we adore. Thank you for your support.

New products will be released seasonally, so check back.

Peace out, The Owens Family

Sharing is Caring! Please share this link with your friends and use the tag #EyeSwearApparel on your Social Media Posts. We are excited to share your pictures on our social media accounts!

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  • A high-end print-on-demand studio

    NC, United States

    Hi, thank you for your interest. We create the designs for EyeSwearApparel and when you place an order, our custom printer prints and ships the items directly to you.

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Last updated on Dec 10, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Sizing details

We offer unisex & youth t-shirt that have the slogan printed on the front, chest area. We also offer a women's cut which has the slogan printed on the upper back. We have done our best to make everyone happy by choosing top-rated, high-quality, pre-washed, cotton t-shirts. If you are unsure which size to choose please consider that they are classic fit, but some say they run a bit narrow.

Accessibility

Accessibility is super important to us. We took great care to describe our products fully. We tested our shop with screen readers and found that it is most easily accessed with standard smartphone voiceover features. It does work with Jaws, but as with most things online, it's a bit clunky. If you have any trouble placing an order please contact us at contact@eyeswearapparel.com and we will be happy to help.

Is the simulated braille raised/tactile?

Thanks for your interest. No, the simulated braille is simply part of the printed design. It is not raised or tactile. We think this is best because we do not want to encourage unexpected touch.

Custom and personalized orders

Hi, we are a new shop and so thankful for your support. If you are looking for a slogan for your "wife, husband, fiance, mom, dad, aunt, uncle...etc.," please let us know. We will do our best to create a design variation, of an existing slogan, to suit your needs. However, please understand that it may take a bit longer to process and fulfill.

Why is the slogan placement different for women's shirts?

Hi, thanks for asking. The original classic designs were created for everyone, so we chose a comfy unisex shirt and placed the design on the front. (98% of our sales are unisex.)

However, after launching, we were contacted by a woman who wanted the simulated non-tactile braille to be on the back of her shirt. Since we never, ever, want to encourage unexpected touch or make our beloved customers feel uncomfortable we rolled out a women's style with the slogan on the upper back. Please choose the option that is best for you. Please let us know if you have any questions.