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Holiday gift ideas for people who are blind or low vision

November 19, 2018
Envision has compiled a list of holiday gift ideas for family and friends who are blind or visually impaired that will not only make the season special, but also allow them to connect with others around them and stay independent all year long.
Envision is a Wichita, Kan.-based not-for-profit organization with locations in 11 states. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals who are blind or visually impaired over their entire lifespan, starting at birth. Envision’s all-encompassing work in low vision rehabilitation is supported by staff with extensive knowledge of the latest adaptive aids and assistive technology on the market today.
Age-related eye diseases are the top causes of loss of eyesight in the United States, and many people are unaware of the benefits they could receive from magnifiers, talking watches, LED lights, big button telephones and other adaptive aids. More than ever before, innovation and technology are opening up a world of possibilities for individuals with limited or no vision. Purchasing items that can effect a dynamic change in independence and capability is the greatest gift that you can give to someone else.
Gifts tailored especially to the needs of individuals who are blind or visually impaired are widely available online and in retail stores. Envision offers these suggestions:
  • For the Home: talking clocks, oversized TV remotes, large-print calendars and check registers;
  • For School or Office: large-display calculators, computer text-to-speech screen reading software and customized keyboards;
  • For the Kitchen: black and white cutting boards that provide contrast with light/dark foods, talking scales, brightly colored measuring spoons;
  • For Kids or the Young at Heart: large-print/color-contrasted card games and toys, Braille dominos, brightly colored puzzles and crafting products, talking puzzles/board games and more.
Questions about finding gifts for loved ones with vision loss can be directed to the Envision Everyday store at 1-888-311-2299, 9-a.m.-5 p.m. CST, Monday-Friday. Information is also available online at www.envisioneveryday.com.
About Envision: Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.

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