Barbara Casados’ second son, Maddox, is autistic. That comes with a lot of challenges, one of which is simply getting Maddox dressed in the morning. At the age of 2, Maddox refused to wear anything but a superhero cape. Rather than fight a daily battle, Barbara did what any parent would do: Bribe her son.
As long as Maddox agreed to let her dress him every morning, he could wear his cape. It worked, and soon after, Barbara bought a sewing machine and was making every different type of superhero cape she could think of. They were an instant hit at Maddox's special needs school; right away, parents took notice of the positive impact they were having and soon enough, every parent wanted a cape for their child.
With all the demand, Barbara formed a web-based nonprofit, Capes4Heroes. And now, she and a network of volunteers have helped 15,000 children with special needs, who are struggling with illness, or who just need to feel empowered, discover their inner superheroes.