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Whether DIY-ing one for yourself or for your squad, making Halloween costumes is one of the best parts of the season. Ryan and Lana Weimer know this firsthand 鈥 they鈥檝e not only been making cool costumes for their own sons for years, but through their nonprofit, Magic Wheelchair, they now make mega-elaborate costumes year-round for kids in wheelchairs.

It all started in 2008, when the Weimers鈥 oldest son Keaton, then three, said he wanted to be a pirate for Halloween. Keaton 鈥 along with two of the Weimers鈥 other five children, two of whom they have sadly lost 鈥 was born with a rare kind of muscular dystrophy called spinal muscular atrophy, and had gotten his electric wheelchair that year. An eye patch didn鈥檛 seem like quite enough for a pirate costume, so Ryan built an entire pirate ship for Keaton鈥檚 wheelchair.

Magic Wheelchairs early years pirate ship

鈥淚t鈥檚 just amazing how people saw him differently,鈥 Ryan tells Brit + Co on the phone from his home in Oregon. 鈥淭here鈥檚 an awkwardness around disability and people that are different. People don鈥檛 know what to say or do, so often they just stare awkwardly. It鈥檚 not malicious, it鈥檚 just how we are in society, unfortunately.鈥

鈥淏ut when that costume was on, that awkwardness just disappeared. It blurred the disability barrier and created inclusion. People saw my son how I see him all the time 鈥 just a really cool kid.鈥

Ryan remembers how emotional Keaton鈥檚 reaction made him, and he immediately started wondering how he could help other families and kids have the same experience. Now, Magic Wheelchair is an official non-profit with 40 teams of volunteers making upwards of 50 chairs a year for kids across the country.

One of the biggest projects of the past year was putting a Justice League costume together. Six builders led the charge in building the badass wheelchairs under a tight timeline. In the end, the chairs were completed in time, and six little superheroes got to reveal the chairs at San Diego Comic-Con, where they were greeted warmly by fans 鈥 including MythBusters鈥 Adam Savage.

鈥淚 don鈥檛 think the kids really wrapped their heads around what we were building for them, but when they saw them, the shock and awe from both the kiddos and the parents was awesome,鈥 Ryan says. 鈥淭hey were superstars that whole day. It was a really amazing experience.鈥

Beyond bringing smiles to kids鈥 faces, Ryan says Magic Wheelchair has managed to do something he couldn鈥檛 have even imagined in the beginning: It鈥檚 erasing barriers and it鈥檚 bringing communities together.

鈥淲e鈥檙e able to help strengthen communities, to help people get involved doing something good for kids in their community. It鈥檚 grown so much beyond the goal of making kids smile. It鈥檚 magical,鈥 he says.

The waitlist for chairs is currently at around 150 kids, and Ryan encourages people who are able to donate (which you can also do through their Facebook page) or volunteer to help Magic Wheelchair achieve their mission of building a special chair for every kid. And when you hear Ryan talk about the effect of the chairs on the kids you use them, it鈥檚 not hard to see why.

鈥淥ne of the kids we built for saw himself in the mirror, and said, 鈥楩inally! People are going to see me for being a badass and not just a kid in a wheelchair,'鈥 Ryan recalls. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 it right there. That鈥檚 the experience we want them to have. For people to look past that wheelchair, look past that disability, and see them as they are. They have a different way of getting around and doing things, but they鈥檙e still great, amazing kids. They鈥檙e inspiring.鈥

What do you think of the Magic Wheelchairs? Let us know @BritandCo!

(Photos via Ryan Weimer/Magic Wheelchair)