If you've started shopping for this holiday season, you probably want to make a point to get special gifts for each one of your friends and family members. For people who are blind and visually impaired, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you check them off your list.
According to the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, there are many resources to ensure the gift you purchase is appropriate for a person who is blind or visually impaired.
"Tactile games in braille like Sorry, large print cards, bingo, Connect Four, audible balls that make noise for kids to play outside. Think of all the adaptive equipment and games and activities available to them so they can enjoy the holidays just like everybody else," said CABVI Rehabilitation Employment Supervisor Laura Yakey.
They say there are more gifts than tangible ones to give people who are blind and visually impaired.
"Hopefully people and family members, friends — can be their friends' and family members' narrators," said Tara Capponi, who was diagnosed with juvenile glaucoma. She is also the media relations and outreach coordinator for CABVI.
Capponi says that can ensure everyone feels included in the gathering, offering a priceless gift.
"It is a gift, because they're sharing their gift of sight with their family members who don't have that gift anymore," Capponi said.
If you’re interested in buying games or toys, CABVI suggests Connect Four for patterning, tracking and scanning; Tic-Tac-Toe for tracking, scanning, and matching; magnetic balls, and glow worms.