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Father’s Day Gift Guide for the Visually Impaired Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner and will be here before you know it. If you are looking for a gift for that special man in your life that is blind or visually impaired, than look no further. CVI’s VisAbility Store has great products specially designed for those with vision loss. Check out the list below for some great gift ideas and get ready to do some shopping!

Does your dad consider himself a master chef or one of those guys that enjoys firing up the grill? Then here are three cooking utensils that he would love to have in the kitchen. The first is a long arm oven mitten that protects from the hands to the elbow. The second is a double nylon spatula that is double-sided. This kitchen utensil is great for grilling those steaks, burgers and barbecue chicken. The third is a talking meat thermometer which helps ensure no more undercooked meats. It has both a large print digital display and audio output.

Picture of a braille watchDo you have a dad that needs to keep track of time? Is he running late to important family gatherings, meetings, work or religious functions? To help keep dad on time, check out the variety of low vision, talking and braille watches at the VisAbility Store. Some watches have leather or plastic bands; while others have metal bands that stretch or clasp. But whatever the preference the Store is sure to offer an option to keep him on time.

Is your dad responsible for paying the bills or need to keep track of money? A great gift is a multi-compartment wallet for men. This leather wallet has slots to store various denominations so dad doesn’t get his bills confused. An additional gift is a check writing guide. Lay this guide directly over checks for an easy and more independent way to write checks.

Picture of large print playing cardsNow it is time for dad to put his game face on and play some cards and board games. The VisAbility Store has a good variety of accessible games for people with vision loss. There are large print and braille playing cards which are perfect for poker, blackjack, Texas hold-em, or other card games. There are also large print bingo boards. If board games are more dads liking, there are accessible board games like checkers, chess and Scrabble. All board games are made accessible with either a large print font or braille so that people with a visual impairment can join in on the fun; and of course, that includes dear old dad!

Were these suggestions helpful in finding the perfect Father’s Day gift? Or do you have your own ideas? Share them in the comment section below. But if you are interested in purchasing any of the items listed contact the VisAbility Store; located at CVI, 739 West Peachtree Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30308. Their hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Call 404-875-9011; or log on to