Looking for gifts that will wow your friends and family while also supporting people with disabilities? You’ve come to the right place! The following stores and online shops are all run by people with disabilities and/or go out of their way to hire employees with disabilities.
Allie Art is run by Alexandra (“Allie”) Guard, an artist with Down syndrome from Cincinnati, Ohio. Allie’s art is bursting with color and very intricate. She creates framed wall art as well as jewelry and accessories. Allie’s work has also been featured in several news stories and videos, which you can check out here.
Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates
Cameron’s Coffee & Chocolates is a business enterprise of the non-profit Every1 Can Work, which was created for the purpose of employing young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their shop is located in Fairfax, Virginia, but if you aren’t local, they also have an online shop. They sell their house blend coffee, seasoned nuts (including candied balsamic rosemary walnuts – yum), jams, salsa, and even dog treats!
BDelight is an online jewelry shop. It’s run by a woman named Ashley, who has quadriplegia and creates beaded items by using a stick attached to her head (you can watch a short clip of her process here). Her website shows a variety of eye-catching pieces, such as this “Green Peacock” bracelet and this “Summer Rose” set. She also takes requests for custom orders!
SpaceTime Coordinates sells wall art, clothing, and small mementos that show the exact position of the planets on a particular date and time, using data from NASA. The business was founded by govy, an award-winning French artist who is on the Autism spectrum. The SpaceTime Coordinates website notes that their merchandise “…celebrates humanity and its achievements, either on the historical or personal scale.” This would be a great gift for someone who just celebrated a big milestone, such as a wedding or birth, or any other event that is meaningful to them.
Da Bombs is a bath bomb company owned by Morgan Tibbens, a young woman with Down syndrome. She sells a wide variety of bath bombs, with different scents, colors, and patterns, as well as soaps. Some of her products also have charms in the middle, like her rubber ducky bath bomb and mermaid soap. For $25, you can mix and match five products; click here for more info.
Do you have any businesses owned or run by people with disabilities that you would like to tell us about? Let us know in the comments, and maybe we’ll feature them in a future post!
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