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Top 10 Holiday Gifts Ideas for People With Disabilities

It’s that time of year again! Let the holiday merry-making begin! But first, let us help you check off everyone on your “nice” list with our top 10 gift ideas for people living with physical limitations…

1. Keep the kids and adults warm in an adaptive coat from Koolway Sports. Half back eliminates excess fabric. Side zippers run from the cuffs to the bottom of the side seam. Zippered front blanket goes from lap to ankles. Coats come in fun colors and various fabric weights for winter or spring use. $360 kids/$425 adults at Ross Daniel Adaptive Apparel (914-234-7853)

2. With Dragon Speech Recognition software, you talk and it types. Give voice commands to create and edit documents or emails, launch apps, open files, control your mouse, and more. For Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, iTouch. $49.99 and up at Nuance

3. The GRIP™ Board with Drink Holder is a rigid, non-slip, multi-use pad that’s perfect for transporting items like heated foods, drinks, electronics, work materials, etc., used while performing ADLs. Fits on your lap or in your hand. Provided by See and Be Safe, available at Bussani Mobility for $42.99. http://www.seeandbesafe.com/products/grip-board/

4. Dress up and personalize your wheelchair with Spoke Guards. Large, colorful plastic wheel covers are lightweight and attach with Velcro straps. Slightly domed to fit all types of wheels. Themes include flags, sports, hubcaps, nature, animals, art, formal wear, holiday, custom made, and more. $125-$150 Cool Hubcaps (888-414-7061)

5. Who doesn’t love a good, inspiring book? Some suggestions: “Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action” (Nick Vujicic); “Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life” (Eric LeGrand); “Imperfect: An Improbable Life” (Jim Abbott); “Thunder Dog” (Michael Hingson); “Until Tuesday” (Luis Carlos); and the “Wendy on Wheels” series for kids. Available at bookstores and online.

6. Maddadapt UBend-It Forks and Soup Spoons can be easily bent to the left, right or any angle in between that’s comfortable for the user. A great help in enjoying holiday meals for people with weak grasps or other hand limitations. $9 Maddak Ableware

7. Send your loved one on an Adaptive Adventure of a lifetime. Alpine skiing, snowboarding, cycling, kayaking, water-skiing, whitewater rafting. For children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. Prices vary. Adaptive Adventures (877-679-2770)

8. Now this is just downright cool (and practical, too) for all of you dog lovers out there…the Hound-a-bout™ hands-free dog walking system. A mast attaches to the empty receiver of your wheelchair’s swing-away, tubular arm rest. Your pooch gets 360 degrees of roaming, and everyone’s happy with the adventure of a walk. $120 Blue Zone Enterprises (612-309-0031)

9. A great stocking stuffer…Ross Daniel’s “Cool Clothes for Toes” sock line is fashionable, seamless and comfortable for AFO wearers. Children, teen and adult sizes. $9.95 Ross Daniel Adaptive Apparel (914-234-7853)

10. For a gift experience they’ll remember forever, let them take to the sky on a specially adapted sailplane, either as a passenger or as a member of the flight training program. Prices vary. Freedom’s Wings International (800-382-1197)

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