About Assistees - Tees that Assist
It was the death of Freddie Gray that started Assistees.
In 2020, the CDC reported that 1 in 54 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism, and can affect all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. According to a study, those with autism are seven times more likely to encounter police than “neurotypical” individuals. Depending on the severity of their disorder, those on the spectrum can react out of the ordinary and have trouble following commands.
Freddie was on the spectrum. And when police stopped him for questioning, they mistook his tendencies as suspicious and used violent maneuvers that ultimately took his life.
When I learned this troubling fact, I started making designs that prevented misunderstandings. I put together text and images that empowered the wearer's condition and brought awareness. Then I started printing these designs on t-shirts that people felt comfortable wearing. My motto: Design tees that assist.
First, it was for autism/neurodiversity to prevent cases like Freddie Gray's from happening again. Then I decided to help the deaf community. And then the blind community. Now I create designs for a wide variety of conditions and disabilities.
Founded in 2019, Assistees has come a long way from its humble beginning in a home office. My passion drove me to start an online store that now serves customers all over the world.
I hope you enjoy our products as much as we enjoy making them. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us:
P.O. Box 2283
Annapolis, MD 21404