Holiday Season with I/DD Loved Ones

LSA believes that all adults with developmental disabilities have the right to live life to its fullest. This holiday season, let’s join together to create an inclusive environment for all neurodivergent and neurotypical individuals to enjoy the holidays.

How to Support I/DD Individuals During the Holidays

The holiday season can be overwhelming for everyone, especially for those of us who are particularly triggered by crowds or loud noises. Understanding the behaviors and needs of your loved ones with I/DD will help them, and you, enjoy the holiday season. See some tips below on how to support I/DD individuals during the holidays.

1. Create a safe space for your I/DD loved one by identifying a space they can retreat to that’s away from commotion and makes them feel safe.

2. Be aware of mobility challenges to ensure that your I/DD loved one can safely access the space. Temporary ramps can be utilized for loved ones in a wheelchair or who have challenges going up stairs. 

3. Including your I/DD loved one in fun activities and conversation will help them feel welcome and safe, and will also make it easier for them to relax and have a good time.

Inclusive Gifts for Secret Santa

1. Tile Mate Tracker 

We all experience forgetfulness, but for those with ADHD this is something that can occur more often. This bluetooth tracker helps individuals keep track of their items and makes the process of finding misplaced items much easier.

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2. Echo Dot

Those with mobility issues will be sure to find many uses with the Echo Dot. This voice commanding device allows you to set reminders, alarms, turn lights on or off, and play music. In addition, you can also call friends and family hands free as long as they also have the app or device. 

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3. moBellaBags

Check out this Etsy shop selling fashionable bags for wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility devices. The bags are made with a fabric that’s waterproof and stain resistant, and they also have adjustable straps and many pockets. 

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4. EaZyHold Universal Grip Aide 

These grip aides are a great tool for those who have mobility issues and can be used in different settings like home, occupational therapy, and school. They’re made of silicone and non weighted. Use these to grip things like kitchen utensils, toothbrushes, and cups.

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5. Collettey’s 

Collettey’s website asks, “Looking For A Yummy Gift With A Great Story?” While this one might not be the first gift to come to mind, this is for your loved one who appreciates a good ol’ cookie. Collette was born with Down syndrome and had difficulty obtaining a job. Eventually she was able to start her own business with her very own cookie recipes and it’s been a major success! Choose from flavors like peanut butter, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and a healthy breakfast cookie.

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6. Sweet Heat Jam Co. 

Here we have another food product that made the list. Sweet Heat Jam Co. was created by Nolan who was diagnosed with Down syndrome. On top of selling thousands of jars each year, Nolan’s business also created a culinary program that supports other young adults in the I/DD community. Shop signature, fruity, and spicy jams.

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7. Fidget Toys

Fidget toys can serve as a great stress and anxiety reliever. These have been proven to support those with ADHD with many expressing it has helped with concentration and learning. Check out the All Things Sensory Shop which was created by Alissa who shares that she has Autism and struggles with anxiety. Alissa’s shop has many different fidget toys to choose from ranging in material, shape, and size. 

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