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Cute Wide-Width ballerina flats

Shoes for AFO, Orthotics and/or Leg Braces

It’s hard to find flat dressy shoes that don’t look like you just raided an old lady’s closet.

These super cute faux suede ones have a pointy toe and an elastic jewel covered strap that holds a foot in place. The can be worn both casually and to black tie affair.

http://torrid.com

Cool Stacking Bracelets That Give Back

Fine motor Issues & Bracelets

Say goodbye to clasps and hello to jewelry independence with stretch elastic bracelets

I love these lava stone bracelets with pops of colored stones. Best of all, 10% of all purchases go to charity and the company that makes these bracelets helps keep homeless women off the streets by providing “dignified employment”

https://www.thehouseofawareness.com/products/seraphina-lava-stone-stacking-bracelets

Funky Compression Socks

Fashion & Disability

These compression socks from Top & Derby are fun and functional. The company also sells modern colorful canes for the fashion-forward person needing assistance.

I love the company’s tagline “The world needed a better looking cane, so we designed one.”

Http://www.topandderby.com

Hands-Free Assistant

Fine Motor Problems & Tools

I’m obsessed with my Amazon Echo Show

Not only does she play and show music,   weather, movie times, jokes, set timers etc, but she can also be used to video call contacts, display recipes and conduct 1-minute meditations and chair exercises.

Smart home products like Echo can be paired with lights, cameras, remotes and other objects making them voice controlled. For people with fine and gross motor problems, this is life changing.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J24C0TI/

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Products to help people with MS & disabilities stay cool in the summer heat

Cooling Products to help you beat the heat with a disability

Does anyone else wish we could press fast forward on Summer 2020?

With camps & pools closed & all summer activities canceled due to Coronavirus, our only real respite from the claustrophobia of quarantining for months indoors is time spent “socially distanced” in the great outdoors. So of course, it’s literally the most uncomfortable summer ever here in Michigan with weeks on end of 90+ degree temps & high humidity. Ugh! Can’t we catch a break?

While prolonged heat & humidity exposure is typically not fun or comfortable for most people, the heat actually exasperates the symptoms of people living with chronic conditions & disabilities, causes extreme pain, & makes being outside feel unbearable.

Fortunately, there are many products that can help you stay cool in the summer heat. In addition to choosing lightweight clothing in breathable fabrics, (Read my what to wear in the summer heat with afos post here) here are some great finds that will help you to stay cool. Click on the photos & links below to shop them on Amazon.

 
STUFF YOUR BRA & WEAR COLD PATCHES

Have you tried stuffing ice packs inside your bra or leg braces? I know, it sounds ridiculous. But after freezing them, these tiny cloth backed ice packs provide about an hour of fabulous relief. Bonus, they’re reusable.

There are also cool patches available that you can literally stick anywhere.

MASKS

I’m definitely pro wearing masks to stop the spread of Covid, but having to wear them definitely ups the suck factor for those of with disabilities & heat sensitivity. A great hack for mask wearing is to buy gators (typically used for a sports) & keep them in the freezer before usage.

You can also purchase face coverings with built in pockets in order to insert a small ice pack before use.

FANS & MISTERS

Another easy way to keep is to carry a portable air conditioning unit, misting fan, or even a headpiece with a built in fan attached. These products are easy to throw in a tote for a day at the beach or a neighbors barbecue.

Cooling towels & blankets

Cooling towels are perfect for people suffering from heat intolerance due to disability (or pre-menapause in my case). They last for 3 hours and are great to take on the go.

Products to help people with MS & disabilities stay cool in the summer heat

The above cooling products are just a sampling of many you can find to help you stay cool and comfortable in the summer heat. Click here to shop the above products & more on my Amazon Page.

Do you have a hack or product recommendation for beating the heat with a disability? I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

Xo

Lainie