Barbara Casados couldn’t get her two-year-old autistic son, Maddox, to dress in the morning unless he was wearing a superhero cape. It wasn’t long before Maddox’s classmates and their parents took notice of the cape and its positive impact on Maddox. They asked Barbara if she could make capes for their children too. Now, through her web-based nonprofit Capes4Heroes, she’s leveraged her super-sewing abilities to transform more than 15,000 children into a collective of powerful, confident super-humans.
In celebration of the families they find — and the superpower of community — she and her network of volunteers have made countless custom capes for kids facing challenges to help them discover their inner super-humans.