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Ultimate Holiday Guide for Friends and Family of People with Vision Loss

Find the Perfect Gift for Your Loved One

New York, NY (November 21, 2008)—To help holiday shoppers find the perfect gift for a loved one with vision loss, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) has released a Holiday Guide that contains gift ideas for game lovers, craft enthusiasts, movie buffs, bookworms, shoppers, geeks, and more. The gifts on the list are all fully accessible and help people with low vision continue to lead active, independent lives. AFB's Holiday Guide also offers travel tips to share with a visually impaired loved one, in addition to tips on how to make a home more vision loss friendly this holiday season. You can visit AFB's Holiday Guide on AFB Senior Site® (AFB's web site designed to help older Americans and their family members cope with age-related eye diseases) at www.afb.org/seniorsite/holidayguide.

Examples of what readers will find in AFB's Holiday Guide

Fun gift ideas:

  • Large print playing cards or large print Scrabble® for the game lover on your list.
  • Audio books on cassette or CD for the bookworm in your family.
  • Movies with descriptive video narration and a large button universal TV remote control for your favorite couch potato.
  • Black/white cutting board, large print measuring cups, or a talking microwave for the chef in the household.

Holiday travel tips to pass on to a loved one with vision loss:

  • Be sure to identify yourself ahead of time as having a visual impairment.
  • Memorize your identification numbers, charge card numbers, passport number, and bank number. Or you may want to set up a system to get them easily should you lose your wallet.
  • You can ask the airline to arrange for a guide or to set up a wheelchair to get you to and from the plane easily and efficiently; a wheelchair especially helps at the security checkpoints, since you'll avoid getting stuck in line.

Ways to make a home comfortable and safe for a guest with low vision:

  • Overall lighting is a must for safety. Always keep rooms well lit.
  • Set your holiday table with dark placemats and light-colored plates or light placemats with dark-colored plates to make the plates easier to see.
  • Make stairways safer by placing a brightly colored strip of tape along the edge of each step.

To view all of the tips in the Holiday Guide, go to www.afb.org/seniorsite/holidayguide.

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The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national nonprofit that expands possibilities for people with vision loss. AFB's priorities include broadening access to technology; elevating the quality of information and tools for the professionals who serve people with vision loss; and promoting independent and healthy living for people with vision loss by providing them and their families with relevant and timely resources. AFB is also proud to house the Helen Keller Archives and honor the over forty years that Helen Keller worked tirelessly with AFB. For more information visit us online at www.afb.org.

Contact: Adrianna Montague-Gray
AFB Communications
212-502-7675
amontaguegray@afb.net

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