Most Valentine’s Day celebrations seem to center around getting the right card. Whether it’s for a class full of children, or a significant other, we put a lot of thought into choosing just the right piece of paper.
But if the object of your affection is visually impaired or blind, a plain paper card from the store might not be all that exciting. The real fun of Valentine’s Day might be found in some other ways of celebrating.
Gifts are always fun. And, fortunately, two of the most common Valentine’s Day gifts make great sensory opportunities. Both candy and flowers present a variety of options to choose from. When choosing for someone who is visually impaired think more about the smell, feel, or taste of the item than about the visual presentation.
That said, for some people, bright red wrappers might be a fun visual cue. Crinkly cellophane or extra layers of wrapping might also add to the unwrapping experience. Just don’t sacrifice the taste or quality of the item just for a holiday-themed wrapper. And take a sniff of those flowers. A good scent might be preferable to a colorful arrangement.
Alternatives to Cards
You’ll probably still want a card to go with your gift. But what are some better options than the standard plain card?
If you prefer to go paperless, you can find or make eCards that are large print, high contrast, and appropriately formatted for screenreaders. The American Foundation for the Blind has a Helen Keller card collection that can be customized with any message. Of course, you could always just design something on your own. Just remember that if you add images to your card, you’ll need to fill out their description field if you want them to be picked up by screenreaders.
If you’d rather stick to the traditional route, make your own card with contrasting colors and tactile elements. Using puffy paint to create raised letters, or adding ribbon, sequins, or foam shapes all add to the card experience.
Valentine’s Adaptive Gifts
It may not seem like it’s possible to turn a practical, adaptive gift into something appropriate for the holiday of love. But ILA actually has several items that make great Valentine’s Day presents.
Combine the practical and the sentimental! Our pendant magnifier comes in a pink heart frame. This 4X pendant magnifier is surrounded by a pink heart-shaped frame- perfect for Valentine’s Day! The magnifier measures a little over an inch across, and the chain is 28 inches.
The Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock is a really fun gift. This hot pink heart with multi-colored display will brighten up any bedroom. The Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm has been designed especially for young ladies of all ages who are hard of hearing, or just hard of waking. It comes with an extra loud, adjustable alarm as well as a bed shaker.
Does your significant other love pockets? We have a red leather wallet that might fit the bill. This soft leather wallet has a lot of pockets to help organize all your stuff! Its easily accessible compartments include: 3 separate coin pockets, 1 zippered and three regular pockets for bills, 10 spaces for credit cards, a driver’s license, checkbooks, etc. And the Velcro closures are safe and easy to open. Measures 8″ X 3 3/4″
An item doesn’t have to be red or heart-shaped to make a thoughtful present. And you don’t have to only show your love on Valentine’s Day. For more great gift ideas, Check out all of our VISION items.