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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Chantal Beaded Bracelet in Gold
This bracelet is one of many adjustable bracelets I have. No clasp to have to deal with and can fit a wide range of wrist sizes.
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!
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
Les Umes Women’s Casual Wide Leg Pants
I wear KAFO’s (bilateral full leg braces) and it’s hard to find pants that won’t rip from my braces. These pants do the job! They are easy to put on, come in all types of materials including denim, linen, and spandex, and are comfortable yet classy.
Bombas Gripper Socks
I am afraid of slipping on the floors in my house and found these Bombas gripper socks, which give me security when walking around. When you buy from Bombas they also donate to homeless shelters.
Fair Harbor One Short
Fair Harbor makes versatile shorts that are lightweight, have no button or zipper, and I use them for working out, swimming and going out to dinner.
Rare Beauty Foundation/Concealer
This vegan-free, cruelty free, and affordable foundation is lightweight and stays on all day. I love it because it looks very natural and is super hydrating.
Smooth & Silky Electric Shaver
Shaving is something I absolutely hate doing! This shaver makes it so much easier and I don’t have to worry about cutting myself or worry about needing a new blade. It charges and can be used on wet or dry skin.
WEILY Tri-Fold Vanity Mirror
This mirror makes getting ready so much easier! I bring it on all my trips because standard hotels mirrors don’t always accommodate my needs and I can place this this mirror anywhere.
Books Planners & Journaling
She Moves Mountains Spiral Journal
I love a good spiral-bound notebook because I find it easier to open and hold in my place then a regular bound notebook. Love the simplicity, and positive messaging of this one.
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.
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!
Apple Watch Series 7
My watch offers a sense of security to be able to call someone if I fall and don’t have my phone on me. This newer model can detect hard falls and call your emergency contact for you. Plus, it is great for tracking exercise!
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.
I use Alexa to turn my lights on and off and I like the reassurance that it gives me when I’m home alone. If I fall, I can say “Alexa, call….” and I don’t have to worry about being stuck without being able to call for help.
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.
Impo Noland Stretch Boot
This boot is perfect for the fall and winter. It’s just below the knee, has a zipper and a bit of stretch for ease of on and off. Heel is not too high and not too low, comes in a variety of colors.
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.
Blank Comic Book For Kids
This is a great blank comic book for creative, art-y kids!
6000 Pcs Clay Beads for Bracelet Making
April loves making friendship bracelets and this kit has a huge variety of beads and other items.
Addison loves this because there is a variety of play based learning activities. It is a nice mix of electronics with learning.
Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer
I love cooking and the Instant Vortex Plus Air Fryer is great for healthy cooking, grease free, and very accessible when using. Sometimes lifting pots and trays out of the oven is not an easy task.
OXO Etched Zester
I love cooking and use my OXO zester for many things. The handle angle is easy to grip, it has a wider grate surface than other zesters, and the rubber edges keep it from slipping when I brace the end against the countertop.
Corelle Livingware Dinner Plate
Lightweight plates are a must have for me that make a huge impact on my independence. I like these because they are simple, affordable, and durable.
Easy Sleep CNH Pillow
The CNH pillow is a dream come true for anyone that suffers from pillow ear irritation caused by sleeping primarily on one side. It is designed to provide ample head support with a sized opening for your ear.
Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush
Dry brushing is great for your circulation, and is a fantastic skin exfoliater. No water required. The long handle allows you to either reach hard to get places on your body, or makes it easy for a helper to use. Be sure to read up on the proper way to dry brush!
Palmer’s Cocoa butter formula with vitamin E
I apply Palmer’s every night after I bathe. This formula makes my skin feel so soft, smooth, and clean. I love the sweet smell and lasting hydrating effects.
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