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There is no time like the present (is that a pun?!) to utilize this ultimate gift guide for disability – that is, the ultimate gift guide for supporting  businesses with a positive connection to disability.

This list is called the “Ultimate Gift Guide” and while it’s all of that, it’s far from complete. There are a lot of fantastic businesses that should be mentioned but I didn’t have the links or I didn’t know about them. So please, do me a favor and leave the links to artists and businesses that I’ve missed in the comment section of this post.

I’ve organized this into three categories to make your shopping a little easier, according to who you most want to support – Disabled Entrepreneurs, Allies of the Disabled, or Businesses that Work with the Disabled and/or Give Back to the Disability Community.

Gift Guide for Disability: Supporting Businesses with a Connection to Disability

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1. Businesses that are run by disabled artists/entrepreneurs.

This means that the product is made by the individual with the disability and the store is run largely through their own efforts.
 

Haley Brown

I remember when Haley wanted to get set up as an artist, so I can’t even begin to tell you how THRILLED I was to see her site!!! It is amazing. She has this awesome tee for the badasses in your life (including you!), beautiful drawings, cards, prints  and this “Coping Calendar” which I have ordered for the past 3 years and never been disappointed with.

Christina Mills modeling Nth Degree T-ShirtThe Nth Degree

Thoughtful, thought-provoking clothes, bumper stickers, pins and posters representing the disability spectrum (like this t-shirt that model Christina Mills wears, saying “Feel the Power of the Disability Vote!”

Allie ArtAllie Art

Holy Mother of WOW! Allie’s art is gorgeous! Vibrant, color-rich and reasonably-priced. She has jewelry, too.

Oliver HellowellOliver Hellowell Photography

Gorgeous photos. Lots of nature-shots.

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Alana Designs

Alana Theriault is a friend of mine. She sells lovely prints and cards that she made. Her drawing is amazing.

 

My Imagiville, by DJ Svoboda

DJ Svobada is autistic. He creates this alternate-world, “Imagiville” with different kinds of people in it. He sells all kinds of super-cool things on his site.

 

Christian Royal Pottery:

Oh. My. Lord. Wait till my mom sees his stuff!! Ma, you are going to LOVE THIS!!!! Gorgeous, gorgeous pottery. Those leaves?! The designs? Brilliant! I think his slogan should be, “Stoneware with Impeccable Charm.”
 

Mindie Lind

 Musician with photography and videos on her site as well as music for purchase

snow-in-norway-4Tazia Fawley

She makes cut-outs and paintings that are simply vibrant and bursting with energy. She is also the famous artist who gave Prince George one of her paintings, which was displayed in his nursery.

his-birdsnest-hat-suzy-norrisSuzy Norris

Powerful art. Suzy’s stuff comes with a money-back satisfaction guarantee, and most of her art is available in any form: phone case, t-shirt, print, poster, etc.

 andrewweatherly_winterworlds_largeArtlifting

Dreamy, often abstract art from the brilliant Andrew Weatherly. He has a wide collection of everything from rainbow swirls to sunrises.

Meriah Made It

Photography  printed onto canvas, metal, or regular paper – landscapes and more at Meriah Snaps. My book is linked here, and a lot of my t-shirts are linked here. All links are in my swag shop. You are supporting me (- a mom with a disability, parent of a child with a disability) and helping to keep this site going, so thank you!

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Megalogy

Megan Bomgaars is one of my favorites from the hit series, “Born This Way,” because she reminds me a lot of my daughter, Moxie. She is also a total rockstar of creative awesomeness, selling everything from her hand-dyed silk scarves to yoga pants. Also! She has a new collection in collaboration with Sanrio (- Hello Kitty!!) which is super exciting. Be sure to check it out.

MVB Printmaker

Truly lovely handbound journals, sketchbooks and books. Neat clasps, cords and ways to close them. Also, mini-books.

tropical-heatSweet Heat Jams

Pineapple and Jalepano jam?! Don’t mind if I do. This stuff sounds divine. If that’s not your cuppa tea, there’s a lot more for ya on the site shop.

 healing boxHealing Boxes

Remember when I interviewed Grace Quantock? Of course you do! She’s the driving force behind the rad “Healing Boxes”, which offer “delightful, practical and ethically filled gift boxes for people dealing with illness or tough times.” They have all kinds of boxes – from “Hospital Boxes” to boxes for those recently engaged in Traumatic Brain Injury.

Yo, Disabled & Proud!

This is an organization that helps empower youth and others with disabilities. They have a fantastic online gift shop, chock-full of great stuff like books related to the disability rights movement, disability pride and power. Check it out.

…and!

T-Shirts:

  • Tee-Public, by Mike Mort – super awesome t-shirts that go across the disability spectrum, something for everyone
  • Group Hug Apparel –  t-shirt company run by Andrew, who has Down syndrome
  • “My Other Disability is A Bad Attitude” – play on inspiration porn by Criptique – buy it here
  • Seanese – Sean, from “Born This Way” has his own line of bad-ass shirts (I want them all!)

No Specific Products, But Rad Websites, Free Content & Kickstarters/Ways to Contribute:

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2. Small businesses that are run by allies of the disabled – namely, friends and family of the disabled

  • 4Peace Art: Two little girls – sisters of a young boy with Down syndrome – sell cards on Etsy and a portion of profit is donated to NDSC.
  • Kroc Co Paper Shop: All things paper! Super fun
  • Mighty Moose Alters: Very exciting shop: the mom modifies backpacks, purses, and diaper bags to accommodate feeding tubes, and is slowly getting into adaptive clothing as well – YESSSSS!
  • Cristina’s Tortina Shop: cupcakes, cakes & speciality treats made by a mom of an individual with Down syndrome, and who hires people with Down syndrome.
  • Reason to Bake: gluten free morsels of cookie deliciousness
  • Dreamer’s Coffee: Coffee distribution company run mostly by parents of individuals with Down syndrome, selling coffee & coffee-accompanying products. Here’s a link to Crumley Dreamer’s Coffee and here is one to Dawn’s Dreamer’s Coffee

T-Shirts:

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3. Businesses that work with the disabled and/or give back to the disability community

Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty

I’ve been buying this stuff for my kids for a while now, so imagine my delight when I found out that Aaron is a large employer of people with disabilities?! Rock on. Moxie’s favorite is the neon pink. Of course.
 

 arc barks dog treatsArc Barks Dog Treats

I have a service dog and I had no idea about these! Pure awesomeness. Preservative-free dog treats made by people with disabilities?! Count me in.
 

 The Big Guns:

Ever want to know what businesses have a good track record with disability? That is, that recruit, hire and retain employees with disabilities, that support accommodation and more? Check out Return on Disability’s 2016 Annual Report. They have deeply analyzed almost every aspect of employment and disability within major firms, and make it easy for you to decide where you want your money to go. Added to that, they cover both the United States and Canada.

 
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That’s it for now, folks.
 
Please share this post and support businesses that have a positive connection with disability. Feel free to leave links to businesses that you know of that were not included in this post.
 
Happy shopping!
 
 
 
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