Our Editor-In-Chief, Mindy Henderson, and our MDA Ambassadors shared some of their favorite products, then looked high and low to curate even more fantastic items that celebrate universal use. Some are adapted for specific purposes, and ALL were chosen with the community of individuals living with neuromuscular disease, and other disabilities, in mind. You're sure to find something for everyone on your list.
Just don't forget to treat yourself!
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Hammered Bar Pendant Necklace
Long necklaces are my favorite because you can pull them on easily over your head instead of dealing with a clasp.
MICHAEL KORS Pointelle Cable Knit Infinity Scarf
Infinity scarves are so convenient – just loop them over your head once or twice, depending on the length and desired look. No fancy knotting skills required.
The Belt Bag
I love the size of this bag. Big enough to carry a phone, some money or credit cards and a lipstick, but not so big that you have to reach way in and dig around. Easy flap open. Can be worn as a Crossbody, or get creative with the strap and find a way to attach it to the side of a wheelchair
Cargo sweatpants are comfortable, functional clothing that are perfect for wheelchair enthusiasts.
Iconic Luxe Short Sleeve Midi Dress
I have this dress in almost every color. Easy to pull on, stretchy but not clingy, full and flowy. For me, in a seated position, it hits right on top of her feet, for a cute maxi dress look.
Tommy Hilfiger Seated Fit Straight Jean
Not only are these jeans cute, they have handy loops to help pull them up, are higher in the back and lower in the front, and also have zipper closures at the ankle for additional maneuverability.
Take the Day Off Makeup Remover Micellar Cleansing Towelettes
I am crazy for these face wipes. No rinsing required, so you don’t have to worry about leaning over a sink. Gentle enough to use on your entire face, neck and eyes. But, will still takeoff stubborn waterproof mascara.
Olay Moisturizer with Easy Open Lid
An easy open a lid! What seems like a small attention to detail is actually a huge step for independence when you have dexterity issues. I love their retinol 24+ peptide fragrance free formula for my sensitive skin. Request an easy open lead when you add this stocking stuffer to your bag.
Ralph Lauren White Tea Eau de Parfum
I am super picky about fragrance, and this is one of my favorites. Slightly floral, slightly fruity, definitely not over-bearing! I get compliments on this perfume all the time.
Books Planners & Journaling
Erin Condren LifePlanner Collection
I am all about organization and journaling. I love the spiral-bound feature of these journals, and love how they keep me organized for the year.
On My Own Two Feet, by Amy Purdy
Amy Purdy is a motivational speaker, double amputee and snowboarding Paralympics medal list. She is one of my heroes, and I absolutely love her book and her story.
The Truth About Things that Suck by Mindy Henderson
Mindy is a fantastic writer who is funny, honest, and speaks her truth well. It is comforting to read her story and relate on so many levels. And just plain fun to relive her happy memories with her through her words!
This is a must-have for anyone that lives independently with limited mobility. This thermostat truly brings independence to another level by allowing you full control of your living space temperature through a smart phone app.
Elements FireCel Mega 6 Hand Warmer
This is a must have for anyone with NMD who likes to be active outdoors during colder weather months. It is lightweight, long-lasting, and warms your hands within moments of turning it on.
Vivo Remote Control TV Wall Mount
Anything I can operate from my phone or with a remote gives me an extra layer of independence. This TV wall mount allows you to raise, lower or swivel your 37″ to 70″ television with the press of a button on a remote control.
Chuck Taylor Low Top All Stars
These are one of few tie shoes that I can just slip my feet into and the flat bottom keeps my feet flat and my toes from curling over. They’re a timeless, edgy addition to any look.
So happy I found a brand of shoes that fit my KAFO’s. The footwear features front zippers for easy, accessible wear. So many styles: sneakers, winter boots, and (my personal fave) rainboots! Fun fact: I wore Billy Footwear on the set of “Marry Me”, on the set of Sesame Street, and at NY Fashion Week.
Toms Alpargata Shoes
These have been my go-to pair of shoes for years. These versatile, stylish, and lightweight shoes are durable and easy to put on and take off. There are so many pattern options that you can wear with any outfit!
The Complete Cursive Handwriting Workbook for Kids
We love this big, spacious book to help young kids learn cursive and to write.
Posca Full Set of 8 Acrylic Paint Pens
This set of acrylic pens makes painting and creating art a snap.
24 Piece Toy Kids Magic Set
A couple years ago we had a magician at Addison’s birthday party and she got a magic kit that Christmas. I think it’s accessible just because it’s relatively easy to do.
Yoga blocks make getting up from the floor easier. I keep yoga blocks in just about every room in my home so that they are never too far when I need them.
Unecrin 720 Degree Universal Splash Filter Faucet
I love this faucet attachment! I can easily wash my face and hands and brush my teeth without splashing water all over the counter or having to extend my arms further to reach. (Note: Be sure to check for correct sizing before ordering.)
Sprouting seeds is a simple form of gardening that doesn’t require great strength. These lids are designed to fit wide-mouth quart-sized mason jars and make seed-sprouting easy. (For more information on sprouting, check out the Sprout People.)
When my mountain bike became uncomfortable and began to cause a lot of pain, I was able to keep biking with a recumbent bike. Recumbents feature a reclining feet-first posture that is much more supportive, comfortable, and safe – and are so much fun!
Homecraft Pick-up Reacher
This is possibly the most durable and dependable reacher on the market. It has a superb grip feature and a great lock and holding mechanism that makes picking any object effortless.
Oral-B iO Electric Toothbrush
This lightweight electric toothbrush features several different brushing speeds, has a long-lasting charge (great for travel), and can be modified with multiple types of brushing heads. The toothbrush also features a phone app that can track your brushing habits and offer helpful dental hygiene advice.
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