Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis campus only



First Advisor

Aaron Delwiche

Second Advisor

Jennifer Henderson


Online shopping has become a common denominator in people’s lives. The world has been changing and becoming more digital than ever before, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the benefits of online platforms and the convenience of online shopping, the fashion industry has a long way to go to provide inclusive and welcoming platforms for individuals with disabilities. The following study will explore the theories of online identity construction, the social model of disability, and the role of fashion in the lives of individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Simultaneously, the analysis will explain and detail the needs of individuals who are blind or visually impaired as they relate to the fashion industry, and will explore the potential benefits of improving accessibility through communication technologies.