Handcrafts for People with Disabilities


Starting a new hobby is something that everyone should enjoy. Hobbies are a great way to relax and enjoy your creative side. They can also be very therapeutic. Concentrating on an activity like a hobby has been shown to help people manage pain, reduce blood pressure, and even improve dexterity. Everyone can enjoy a hobby, even if you have a disability. 

 

10 Great Hobbies for People Managing A Disability 

 

1. Crochet or Knitting. You can make just about anything in yarn. Clothing, bedding, and toys are just a few of the projects you can enjoy. Crocheting and knitting is easy to learn and very affordable. 

2. Window Gardening. Grow some beautiful flowers or delicious spices. Use a window box or decorate some small pots for a little extra creativity. 

3. Model Building. This is a great hobby for anyone that loves to do detailed work. There are models for everything you can imagine, including 3-D buildings and artwork. 

4. Painting. If you have ever wanted to sketch or learn how to paint, why not try it now? There are many online instructional sites you can use to learn techniques, or just follow your heart and try painting freestyle. 

5. Family History. Learn about your ancestors by building a family tree. There are so many resources online, most of which are free, that can help you discover your family. 

6. Blogging. Do you have a passion for a certain topic? Why not start a blog or a video blog? Share your thoughts with the world and build a following. 

7. Sewing. There are so many things that you can make when you sew. Clothing, quilts, home décor pieces, and gifts. If you are new to sewing, use online tutorials to learn all of the latest techniques. 

8. Clay Sculpting. There are many things that you can make with colored clay. Magnets, sculptures, and even figures can be made with soft clay that air dries to harden.  

9. Coloring. There is much to be said about sitting and coloring a picture. You can use anything from detailed adult coloring sheets to children’s coloring books, whatever makes you happy. 

10. Macramé. The art of tying knots can help you design everything from pothangers to wall hangings. 

 

 

Every disability is different, and choices of handicrafts should be based on what a person enjoys and their abilities. Those with physical disabilities should not be discouraged from trying physical crafts like sewing or crocheting because it may help with their skills. For those with mental disabilities, encourage a very expressive craft like painting or coloring or sculpting. Some people with mental disabilities find it hard to express their emotions, and these forms of art can give them joy. 

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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

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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).