Family members' injuries, illnesses inspired fashion buyer Patricia Forde Ahr to begin designing clothes for disabled
Last month, the number of US military fatalities in Iraq passed 2,000 and the injury count reached 16,000. Later this month, the owner of a Miami Beach fashion company that caters to people with disabilities is to attend a conference in Philadelphia - at which there is to be a strong military presence - where she hopes to make contacts at a federal level to supply the needs of some of the returning injured.
Patricia Forde Ahr is the third generation of her family in the fashion business. She set up Forde's Functional Fashions in 1992 in St. Louis in response to the need she saw among family members with disabilities. Ten years later, she moved her business to Miami-Dade County in search of better manufacturing options. She lives in North Bay Village with her husband, Paul Ahr, president of Camillus House.
She was interviewed by Miami Today reporter Suzy Valentine.
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