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Stocking Stuffer AT

Contributed by Joel Zimba, Special Projects Coordinator, MDTAP

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re excited to launch our holiday “AT Stocking Stuffer” series. So, if you’d rather avoid the holiday rush and shop online for some great gifts, and let’s face it, who wouldn’t, we’ve got a few ideas for you. These will generally be smaller and fairly affordable AT items. However, I’ll do my best to break both rules, just in case someone out there is feeling particularly jolly…or has really big stockings. Let’s get started!


Telestick Reachers

One of my favorite pieces of assistive technology are the Telestick Reachers. They are always a hit when we bring them along as a display item to one of our many MDTAP events (check here for upcoming events near you).  Often folks want to buy them on the spot.  We can’t actually sell them, but we can put you in contact with a few sources.

These little guys won’t fit in any stocking while fully extended, but measure just a few inches long when collapsed.  As the name implies, they are great for “reaching.”  Small objects which have fallen to the floor or otherwise moved out of arm’s reach can easily be snagged with the adhesive Telestik, or metallic objects can be grabbed with the magnetic version. They also come with a nifty pointer to pull items toward oneself.  Bending over might be more of a challenge after too much turkey, so unlimber the Telestick… and remember, although the magnet can lift up to a pound of weight, you’ll have better luck with smaller objects such as pens, papers, remotes or keys.

Telestik reachers – From $14.95-$29.95


Big Grips Frame for iPad

Here’s a way to protect your iPad while making it easier to hold.  The Big Grip surrounds your iPad in a soft, non-skid plastic frame.  Official MDTAP drop test show both sides of the iPad are kept safe and sound when flung about with great abandon.  There is also a stand which holds the big grip frame.  Even pressing the “Home” button will not tip or slide the iPad when it’s sitting in the Big grip stand.  This is a great gift for children who might not handle the expensive payload with nearly enough care, or anyone who would benefit from the greater ease and control offered by a larger grasping surface.

Big Grips Frame – From $24.95 to $45.95


Boost Magnifier

Finally, the Boost Magnifier is a hand-held video magnifier.  While more expensive than the previous two suggestions, it will slide quite nicely into your stocking, not to mention your hand bag or coat pocket.  Switch between 2X and 13X magnification.  While it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles of the top-of-the-line video magnifiers out there, it may prove to be the right tool for the job.  Its significantly lower price point also makes it an affordable step up from conventional optical magnifiers.

Boost magnifier – From $149.00

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