Designed in collaboration with Disability:IN, JanSport’s Adaptive Collection is a winner of the 2023 Innovation by Design Awards.

Backpack maker JanSport is demonstrating how heritage brands can successfully bring accessible design mainstream. In January, following a three-year collaboration with Disability:IN, a global nonprofit focused on increasing inclusivity for the disabled community, JanSport launched its Adaptive Collection: a backpack and a crossbody bag that come in two colors (black and powder pink), along with a tie-dye pattern. The collection is the winner of the Accessible Design category in the 2023 Innovation by Design Awards.

Both have been rethought to balance ease of use with style. The Central Adaptive Backpack, for example, is designed to fit securely against a mobility device’s backrest for better balance—but it looks just like the company’s popular SuperBreak backpack. “The adaptive community sought more bags with a traditional appearance rather than a medical-grade look and feel,” says JanSport VP Alexandra Reveles.

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