Are you struggling to find gifts for blind friends and family? For those who aren’t visually impaired, finding the perfect present for someone who is can feel like an overwhelming challenge. You want to find something they can use, but also enjoy. Yet Amazon and other retailers don’t exactly highlight accessibility on the box or product listing.
Thankfully, we’ve put together the perfect cheatsheet.
5 Hot Accessible Gifts for Blind and Low Vision Individuals
Accessibility doesn’t have to be synonymous with boring or practical. Before you default to magnifiers and other everyday tools, think about what the person already has, and what he or she is interested in.
These 5 items are not only useful, but they’re also a lot of fun.
iPhones and iPads
Apple has numerous, easy-to-use accessibility features integrated into its operating system (OS). Many blind or low vision individuals actually use them on a day-to-day business as magnifiers and eReaders.
Yet anyone who has an iPhone knows it’s more than just a tool. Technology is fun, and Apple stands at the forefront of the market’s most popular cell phones and tablets. You can use them to play games, keep in touch with friends and family, and even record your favorite memories.
Kindle Fire HD
There is nothing quite like a good book. Kindle Fire HD includes accessible features in its OS that allow individuals with limited or no vision to have the text read aloud to them. You can adjust the screen reader settings and font size according to your preference, making it adaptable to each user.
Plus, the Kindle Fire is more like a tablet in the sense that it has access to multiple applications. It’s a great source of entertainment.
Amazon Echo or Google Home
Amazon Echo and Google Home are both in-house “assistants” that are hard not to love. Upon command, you can ask it questions, set timers, play music, and so much more. It’s easy to use with versatile functions, from controlling smart-home technology to even ordering pizza.
Xbox One Adaptive Controller
We’ve touched on the Xbox One Adaptive Controller before in a previous blog, but it’s definitely worth a second mention! With video games being one of the biggest sources of entertainment for people of all ages today, this item is likely to make several wish lists.
It is designed after careful research and testing to make gameplay easier for individuals with physical limitations. Users can adjust the settings based on their unique needs and gain an upper hand in the games they love most.
Fashionable Braille Watch or Accessible Watch
There are several Braille watches on the market for both men and women that look stunning and work great. From traditional, chic designs to digital wristwatches that audibly tell you the time, you can find one in just about every style.
Talking Dart Board
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones we can enjoy together. The talking dart board is darts as we all know it, except it audibly tells you your score upon each strike. The tips are magnetic, so you don’t have to worry about poking holes in your wall (or each other). It’s a great game to have at home and to enjoy with each other upon opening over the holidays.
Make This Holiday One to Remember
Are you looking for an opportunity to go above and beyond this year? While these gifts for blind and low vision individuals are great presents and stocking stuffers, nothing quite beats the type of gift that changes someone’s life.
Dreamscape Foundation has several campaigns going on right now to raise funds for assistive technology and services for specific individuals. Take a look at them, read their stories, and help them achieve their goals this holiday.