Gifts for the Disabled

There is no reason that you should ever feel concerned about purchasing gifts for those with disabilities. There are so many wonderful gifts available that can enhance the lives of those who receive the gifts because they were designed especially for them. There have been significant advances in technologies and product designs for items to make them adaptive. 

 

Some great gift-giving ideas include: 

 

* Sports wheelchairs for the outdoor enthusiast 

* Subtitle glasses for going to the movies 

* Computer-assisted devices such as mouth or foot controls 

* Computer-assisted walking technologies 

* Self-balancing bike to help children learn to ride 

* Specially designed utensils 

* Lowered cooking spaces 

* Hands-free Remote Controls 

 

There are countless other gifts that you can find that can easily accommodate different disabilities. You can even find many different gifts that will help enhance hobbies or other fun activities. 

 

Another Gift-Giving Option 

 

When you are out shopping for gifts, another option that you should consider is purchasing gifts made by those with disabilities. There are many innovative and beautiful items available that have been created by a person with a disability. Purchasing these items helps them support themselves and live independently. 

 

Many companies actively promote products designed, produced, or handmade by people with disabilities. Supporting these organizations is a great way to help those with disabilities launch their own products and contribute to their own support. 

 

When it comes to gift-giving, the old saying "it's the thought that counts" takes on another meaning when you make purchases that help support those with disabilities.  

 

The Best Thing To Remember 

 

When you purchase a gift for someone, with or without a disability, the most important thing to remember is to make the gift personal. Basing your gifts on the personality and likes of the recipient will allow you to purchase the right gift for the right person for any occasion. 

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Please note: VAT is removed in the checkout process

In the UK, disabled people do not have to pay VAT when buying certain disability aids and services (This can be claimed by friend or family member purchasing on their behalf). Not everything supplied to disabled people is necessarily zero-rated for VAT. Goods and services on which you do not have to pay VAT are usually known as 'zero-rated' or 'eligible for VAT relief.

Who is eligible for VAT relief?

You must be 'chronically sick or disabled' to qualify for VAT relief. The HMRC comment on this is as follows. A person is 'chronically sick or disabled' if they either:

VAT Relief on our Disability Aids

All products on the Aids for Mobility website are flagged with an option to claim VAT relief during Checkout if it applies to that item. When you add a zero-rated product or service to your Basket, you will be asked to tick a checkbox to confirm that you, or the person for whom you are buying the item, are eligible for VAT Relief.

How VAT relief works

If you are claiming VAT Relief you will be asked to complete an extra few questions during Checkout, where we will ask you to provide brief details of your disability and confirmation that the product is for 'personal or domestic use'. We will keep a record of this declaration along with your order details. You can then buy the product(s) in your Basket at a price that excludes VAT. You will be asked to make this declaration each time you place an order that includes zero-rated products. It is a legal requirement that we record this information for every order, and we apologise for the inconvenience.

More information from HMRC

You can find out more about VAT Relief for disabled people on the HM Revenue and Customs website. If you cannot find the answer to your questions there or would prefer to speak to an adviser, you can call their Helpline on 0845 302 02 03.

The helpline is open from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. (Closed weekends and bank holidays).