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July is Disability Pride Month, which celebrates and advocates for the rights of disabled people. If someone you love is disabled — as one in four Americans are — you might consider celebrating the month by volunteering with or donating to disability rights organizations. You can also be deliberate about shopping at businesses founded by disabled people, several of which we've highlighted below. We've also highlighted gift ideas for disabled adults, whether you're shopping for a birthday gift, a holiday gift, a wedding gift, or a just-because gift.
Obviously, just because a person is disabled doesn't mean you need to get them a disability-specific gift — you can get them a gift related to their hobbies or interests, as you would anyone in your life. But if you're feeling called to get them something that makes their life a little easier, we've got plenty of practical ideas here like adaptive clothing, unique kitchen devices, beauty and fashion products designed for those with mobility issues, and more. Every person's experience is different, but many of these gifts are created by people with disabilities, or have glowing reviews from people who are disabled. Several of these gifts would also be useful for people who have chronic illnesses, are recovering from an injury or accident, are in a care facility, or are neurodiverse.
Keep reading to see our recommendations for the best gifts for disabled adults during Disability Pride Month and year-round.
Disability Pride Flag T-Shirt
This shirt lets them show off their disability pride. It comes in men's and women's ranging from XS to 3XL, along with youth sizes.
'Disability Rights are Human Rights' Stickers
This sticker truly says it all. Your recipient can put this on a water bottle, laptop case, wheelchair, or anything else.
Sterling Silver Fidget Ring
This understated ring makes for a good fidget toy for adults. One reviewer shared, "From someone who has severe ADHD and anxiety - this ring is a game changer. This lil' ring has only been on my finger for a few days, but it's already like a security blanket and helps me stay in reality when my brain has too many tabs open."
Women's Tree Loungers
These sustainably-made shoes are easy to slip on and off, making them a great gift for people with limited mobility. They come in a wide variety of colors and reviewers love how comfortable they are.
This adaptive tool makes it easier to open bottles of all sizes and pull-tab soup cans, which can be difficult for people with arthritis or other mobility challenges. "My friend has arthritis in her hands and her fingers so she cannot 'grip' or open stuff," shared one reviewer. "She has LOVED this gift and the fact that there are so many options for sizes of lids AND that it is magnetic so it sticks to her fridge." The company also makes a similar tool for opening jars.
Steeped - Trio of Pain-Relieving Soaks and Tea
This gift set from a disabled-owned business includes a set of infused bath salts, a clay bath product with magnesium, and raspberry herbal tea. Research suggests that hot baths can reduce inflammation, which can be soothing for people with certain kinds of arthritis or other muscular diseases. Besides, who doesn't love a hot bath and a cup of tea?
Weighted Blanket for Adults
A nice weighted blanket is a good gift for anyone, but reviewers say this is especially soothing for people with a variety of disabilities. "I bought this for my disabled daughter who has severe muscle spasms. Although everyone is different and may have different results this blanket has decreased her leg spasms tremendously!" shared one reviewer.
Women's Chest Port Access Shirt
This elegant adaptive shirt has left and right zippers that provide access to chest ports. It comes in nine colors and reviewers say it's comfortable to wear and makes it easy to access the chest port when necessary.
These unique adaptive scissors can help people who have limited mobility in their hands. According to reviewers, these are also useful for disabled children.
This mascara from Guide Beauty is easier for people with mobility issues to use, thanks to the grip applicator that steadies the hand while it's in use.
No Limbits Adaptive Women's Dark Wash Wheelchair Pant
These pants from adaptive clothing brand No Limbits are designed with wheelchair users in mind. It has features like zippered thigh pockets, zippers and pulls that allow a person to get dressed while seated or lying down, and a soft waistband.
Gloves for Life
These unique gloves, which are designed to help quadriplegics and others with limited dexterity, come in a wide range of colors. The unique design, which was created by a mother-and-son team after he was injured, makes it more efficient and less strenuous to maneuver wheelchairs and perform other daily tasks.
This faux leather bag from Mia Tui was designed with inclusivity in mind. All the zippers have easy-to-pull tabs and the placement of the D-rings on the bag make it possible for the bag to be clipped to a wheelchair or walker. You can buy the mobility clips separately via the website.
Button Hook and Zipper Pull
Another practical gift for recipients who might face challenges when it comes to buttons or zippers on their clothing is this affordable device. Several reviewers share that this tool has been handy for people with Parkinson's, arthritis, and nerve damage, as well as for people recovering from a stroke.
This might not be the first thing you think of when it comes to gifts for disabled adults, but it actually has several features that are useful for people with physical disabilities. They can use their voice to control everything from lights to TV to thermostats to timers.
DoorDash Gift Card
Everyone appreciates the gift of a dinner they didn't have to cook. This is especially true if your recipient is newly disabled and dealing with a lot of changes. Depending on what services are available in their area, you might also consider gift cards to other delivery services or local restaurants that deliver.
Floral Stripe Elastic Ostomy Bag Cover
If your recipient has an ostomy bag, they're sure to appreciate this stylish gift. It features an adjustable elastic stoma opening and comes in a variety of styles and patterns.
'Rockin' My Crazy Socks' Crew Socks
These aren't your average pair of socks. They're from John's Crazy Socks, an organization founded by a man with Down syndrome and his father. In addition to looking good, these socks also do good: 5 percent of John's Crazy Socks' proceeds go towards the Special Olympics, and over half of the business's employees are people with a disability, according to their site.
PureRelief™ XL Heating Pad
Heating pads can provide relief for people with arthritis, endometriosis, certain injuries, and other muscular or circulatory disabilities. This one gets tons of glowing reviews from customers (including disabled customers) for being soft, versatile, and easy to use.
Sliding Spoons Pin
Bibipins is a Black-, disabled- and queer-owned company that specializes in products made for disabled, chronically ill, and neurodiverse people. This pin creates a visualization for spoon theory, which broadly is the idea that people with chronic conditions have a limited amount of energy or "spoons" to perform daily tasks and must be thoughtful about their activity as a result. (You can read more about it here). The company also offers similar pins demonstrating anxiety levels, overstimulation levels, pain levels, and more. Having a way to communicate this nonverbally can be invaluable for people living with these conditions.
LED Lighted Travel Makeup Mirror
A Reddit thread about gifts for disabled people included a response from someone who had recently lost the use of her right side following a car accident. She said that for someone who can't easily leave bed, a lighted makeup mirror and products like dry shampoo, headbands, deodorant, lip balms and other beauty essentials would be appreciated.
Personalized Braille Pendant Necklace
This personalized necklace would be a thoughtful gift for anyone with a visual disability. It can be customized with any name or word up to eight letters. "If you have someone who is blind in your life or if you're blind and you have someone special in your life this is really a one of a kind present and it really is an awesome gift that honestly is worth much more than it costs," shared one reviewer.
Deafinitely Not Listening Deaf Pride T-Shirt
This funny gift is sure to be appreciated by your deaf or hard of hearing friend or family member with a wicked sense of humor.
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