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.
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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.
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
My pop socket is my most used item. It allows me to have a better grip on my phone, especially when taking photos. They come in so many different styles, making it easy to find one that fits your vibe!
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.
Arcteryx Proton LT Hoody
I love staying warm when outside in the winter. I also find that some jackets are too heavy for me to wear. Arcteryx makes versatile, lightweight and warm jackets that are good for snow, ice and rain.
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.
Hydra-Energetic Ice Cold Eye Roller
Skin care is not just for women! My husband swears by this product for days when his eyes are feeling puffy. The best part is, it just rolls on around your eye area. No need to rub or work it in with your fingers.
Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Lipstick
This color ain’t goin’ anywhere! I love loud lip colors, but when I am out and don’t know when I’m going to get to a bathroom (with a mirror at a level I can see myself), I don’t want to have to worry about needing to touch-up. This lipstick stays on all day.
Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara
I’ve tried every mascara on the planet and this one is #1. It is hard to reach up throughout the day and wipe off mascara remnants from under or over my eyes. This one doesn’t go anywhere, and truly makes you look like you are wearing lash extensions.
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.
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 gift all done online. They email you or whoever you gift it to a weekly prompt – favorite childhood memory, what they learned about having kids, their favorite trips. At the end of the year, they turn the stories into a book.
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.
Teva Original Universal Sandal
I can’t wear most flip flops or sandals because they don’t have enough support, especially when driving, so I turned to Tevas and live in them during the warmer months.
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.
Inmaker No Tie Shoe Laces
I love these and has repurchased them several times. These sneakers slip on without having to bend over to tie them.
Super Phonics for Super Readers
This is an AWESOME program for preschoolers or anyone learning to read.
Addison loves the iPad for fun and games. Lightweight and easy to use. You can also buy a separate keyboard.
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.
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.)
The Handy Can Opener
Set it on top of the can. Press the button. That’s it. That’s the sell. Love this can opener!
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.)
YaFex Water Flosser for Teeth Cordless
Flossing has become more difficult for me. This lightweight and cordless “waterpick” is easy to use and cleans between my teeth even better than standard floss.
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.
Rock tape original water resistant kinesiology tape
This tape is one of my favorite things because I have a lot of lower back pain. This tape helps manage pain and even stays in place during pool workouts.
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