Gift Ideas for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

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Your friend or relative with low vision may enjoy Reader's Digest in large print. It comes with a monthly large print crossword puzzle and special non glare paper. You can give it for only $10. You will also get a free large print 2017 calendar with your order. And you can order more calendars for only a $5.00 donation!

Our peer advisor holiday gift guide is ready! Also be sure to read gift suggestions for kids of blind parents. Find holiday gifts for children and teens on AFB FamilyConnect.

Adapted Product Gift Ideas and Solutions

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More Helpful and Useful Gifts

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  • The iPod Touch is a great way to get into Apple’s world of accessibility for $199 or less for the base, 16 GB model. The iPod Touch has all the features of the iPhone except that you can’t make a cellular phone call. Of course, when connected to WiFi, calls can be made with the Facetime app or other apps like Skype.
  • A large display or talking calculator, large print address book, or other types of office products are practical gifts.
  • Keeping track of money is easier to do with a multi-compartment wallet, along with suggestions for identifying money and some shopping tips.
  • Is a friend or family member having trouble telling colors apart? Try the Rainbow Color Reader, a Talking Color Identifier.
  • Consider purchasing a Pen Friend for recording instructions, notes, and labels. Audio labels can be used for anything, including managing medications!
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Chicago Lighthouse Special Deals for the Holiday Season

Note: The Chicago Lighthouse will donate a portion of your eligible purchases back to AFB.

Wilson Recorder: $45

Hold Everything Wallet: $25

Bold Line Notepad: $3

No-Slip Signature Guide: $5

EZC Playing Cards: $5.95

Raised Dots Dominoes: $17.50

Gigantic Laminated Bingo Card: $4.95

Big Larry Light: $27.95

Lightweight Travel Task Light: $35

Loud Boost Clock: $19

Time Optics Talking Watch: $59.95

Talking Keychain: $12

Find out more about choosing a clock or adapted watch

Finding Products

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  • You can find these products and many more through VisionAware's Helpful Products section, which has links to the AFB product database and well as to specialty catalogs.
  • Tip: most of these catalogs or stores have gift certificates, as do many online stores.
  • Read the Holiday Edition of AccessWorld to learn more about accessible products.

The VisionAware "Getting Started" Kit

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People with vision problems can face the future with confidence when they have access to the right information.

  • The VisionAware™ Getting Started kit provides Hope and Help to people experiencing vision loss by assisting them in handling challenges caused by visual impairments. Make a gift of $30 to VisionAware and we will send you a Getting Started booklet.
  • The kit can be downloaded in Spanish or English in accessible formats.
  • You can also sign up with VisionAware to receive free weekly email alerts for more helpful information and tips for everyday living with vision loss.

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