A list of sorts: holiday edition

Wrapped gift
Holiday Thoughts

I thought that since the holiday season is starting to sadly draw to a close, it only seemed fitting to offer those who have waited until the very last minute some respectable ideas about what to get someone for their holiday.

Gift giving season can be extremely stressful, especially when you are stuck at Wal-Mart in the wee early hours of the morning of Christmas Eve, all because you waited to find that perfect gift for someone. Have no fear! I have created a short list to help you out before that dreadful day.

I decided to include gifts for those wanting to learn more about how disabilities affect others’ day to day life; those wanting to give a gift to someone who has a disability and/or those who just want to make life a little easier for themselves. It ranges, thankfully! And now, without further ado, a list of sorts!

 The “Help Me Avoid Wal-Mart at 2am” List:

 Great movies about disabilities:

Forrest Gump (1994)

I am Sam (2001)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Temple Grandin (2010)

Great gifts for those with a physical challenge*:

A Swivel Seat that allows you to turn in the car seat without having to twist your entire body.

-Telephones that allow you to call someone just by saying their name into the phone.

-Whether you like remotes that make it easier to press the right button due to the bigger buttons or simpler remotes that only have a few buttons, no matter what, both you and your television will be happier!

Offset Hinges is the perfect gift for persons in a wheelchair. It swings your door clear of the door frame, which makes it much easier to get either a wheelchair or a walker through the doorway. A threshold ramp will help to smooth the transition over the bump in the hallway.

-For persons who take medication, an audible medication reminder helps provide vocal cues for people who have low vision and/or forget to check their pill boxes.

*If none of these gifts work for you, then you can always view more on dynamic-living.com

Other great gifts for persons with disabilities:

For those with a Mac: MacSpeech Dictate is one of the premiere platforms on the market for those who use speech recognition. Says Gabriel Trujillo, the author of the list that I am using for this section, that it “is a must have for any Mac user” due to it’s great accuracy rate and limited training required.

For those with both a wheelchair and an iPhone: The TriPhone or, in another case, this nifty model by Dynamic Controls might be for you. It allows users to strap the phone to their leg and provides them with easy access to their phone.

Also for Mac Users: For those who have a hard time using a regular keyboard, Keystrokes, an on-screen keyboard, allows users to use a mouse to type instead of an actual keyboard.

For those who enjoy reading: An Amazon Kindle OR a Nook. While Trujillo promotes the Kindle due to it being “one of the best in the business”, I have also heard great things about the Nook as well. Both are fun and well worth to the price for those love reading but might have trouble turning the pages of an actual book.

For gamers: For those in your life who love video games, the Ben Heck PC/XBOX controller is an ideal choice. This controller lets users customize their own button layouts that best fit their very own needs.

I hope that this list has given you some ideas about what to buy for that fabulous person in your life, even if that person is you. If you found something even better and more useful than the items that I have listed here, I encourage you to comment on this thread and tell us all about it. Happy holidays, everyone!

Why hello there! My name is Katherine and I'm currently a freshman in college. I started working for Disability Rights Washington as a freshman, and I have enjoyed working for here so far. I write a column called What are We Talking About, which is great since it allows me to read new and interesting stories and to tell all of you guys about it. Anyway, have a great day! :D