Editorial note: Visit our 2014 Gift Ideas for Friends and Family Members Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired roundup for fresh ideas!
This time of year, we’re all searching for gift-giving inspiration. If you have a close friend or family member who is blind or visually impaired, here are some gift-giving guides you might want to check out. From young children to working-age adults to seniors who are gradually losing their vision, AFB has you covered:
- AccessWorld® has suggestions for all the gadget lovers in your life—everything from Apple products to audio books, computer games, and watches. This guide includes a list of companies that carry products specifically for people with visual impairments, as well as ideas available from mainstream retailers. Visit AccessWorld's 2013 Holiday Gift Ideas for Children and Adults with Vision Loss
- FamilyConnect® has pulled together a number of suggestions for parents of children who are blind or visually impaired who are looking for fun, accessible games, books, and toys to give for the holidays—as well as gifts and gadgets for their teenagers! Visit the FamilyConnect 2013 Holiday Guide for Parents of Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired for great gift ideas, as well as helpful articles and links to other sites' holiday guides and sales
- VisionAware™ has a myriad of ideas to choose from, especially for friends and loved ones who are new to vision loss. Some of them are specially adapted for people with vision loss, and some are inexpensive products that will help you adapt mainstream items, like tactile markings for appliances (a great stocking stuffer). Visit VisionAware’s Holiday Gift Ideas for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
- And for professionals in the blindness field, DOTS for Braille Literacy offers a number of great braille-related ideas, including AFB's own Braille Bug items! Visit the Fall 2013 issue of DOTS for more ideas
And finally, we are proud to announce a new partnership with the Chicago Lighthouse Tools for Living Store™, which carries adaptive technology, independent living aids, lighting products, games, toys, kitchen gadgets, and more.
Please share your ideas below! What have been some of your best stocking stuffers, or big-ticket items, for loved ones who are blind or visually impaired?
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