The holiday season is quickly approaching. That means it’s time again to start thinking about what gifts you’ll give to those “special someones” in your life. If you have someone on your list who’s living with a physical disability, here are a few great gift ideas to get you started.
1) Adaptive Electronics
There are so many enabling devices and adaptive electronics available today. They’re designed to accommodate a wide range of disabilities, helping people with visual impairment, diminished motor skills, and more. For instance, electronics with enlarged switches and buttons for use on iPods, remote controls, CD players, and keyboards make it easier for your loved one to use their devices.
2) Tremor-Canceling Utensils
Individuals who experience hand tremors, such as essential tremor or Parkinson’s disease, can find it difficult to use traditional utensils. Thanks to emerging technology, this difficulty is becoming increasingly easier to manage. Active cancellation of tremor (ACT) uses tiny sensors to detect movements in real time and produce precise counter-movements. These adjustments reduce the amplitude and severity of tremors, essentially canceling them out. It’s a practical gift that will be much appreciated at every meal.
3) Adaptive Clothing
Who doesn’t love to get something new to wear? Adaptive clothing is designed to make it easy to dress/undress by providing access to certain body parts without having to fully remove clothing — making life simpler for people with physical disabilities and their caregivers. Some companies to consider buying from are: Able2Wear, Silvert’s, Izzy Camilleri Adaptive Clothing, Adaptations by Adrian, Easy Access, and Koolway Sports.
4) Dressing Aids
Those who need assistance getting dressed can benefit greatly from using a dressing aid. There are many inexpensive (stocking stuffer) items available to help put on shirts, jackets, trousers, dresses, skirts, belts, socks, or shoes.
5) Tablet Talking Apps
Voice recognition software has become mainstream, thanks to built-in smartphone technology. Additionally, advances in sound quality are making it easier for people with disabilities to communicate with more natural-sounding voices. Apps like Talkitt facilitate communication for people with motor, speech, and language disorders. There are several other tablet-based apps, like Speak for Yourself, that have a vocabulary of nearly 13,000 words.
6) Getting Personal
Another approach to take is to forget all about the fact that your loved one has a physical disability, and get them something simply related to their favorite hobby or passion. Everyone just wants to be seen for who they are and appreciated, and what better way is there to do that than to acknowledge and support something that your loved one most loves to do?
At Bussani Mobility, we like to be a go-to resource for our customers and friends for all things related to their mobility, not just their wheelchair van. These holiday ideas are just one way we try to provide useful information.
We also have a Helpful Links page on our website with many links to other companies and resources that can help out with the challenges of daily life.
Good luck with your gift-giving this year! Before you know it, the holiday season will have come and gone. Then as the new year kicks off, if you find yourself ready to upgrade or trade in your wheelchair accessible vehicle, we hope you’ll call or come to Bussani Mobility to talk with one of our mobility specialists. You’ll always be in good hands at Bussani.