Disability-Friendly Activities for the Holidays 

Disability-Friendly Holiday Actitivies - Golden Rule IndustriesIt’s that time of year again that you know and love! Of course, the holiday season is in full swing now. And along with it comes its own entertainment and activities.  If you or a loved one is living with a disability, you may find it difficult at times to participate in the same activities that able-bodied people do.  

But not to worry, there are still plenty of ways to join in on the holiday fun. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of disability-friendly activities to do during this festive time of year. As disabilities cover a full spectrum of conditions, consider your or your loved one’s unique needs as you read. Not every item on the list may fit with a specific disability. But there’s a range of accessible activities to choose from for everyone!  

Visit Holiday Light Displays

What’s the holidays without some twinkling lights? And you may not even have to leave your own neighborhood to see them! Most urban and suburban areas have a designated light display put on by the city, so be sure to find the one nearest you and check it out! Or why not take a stroll or drive around your neighborhood to see the lights? Then you and your loved one can pick out your favorite sparkly house! 

Bake Festive Cookies Together

As you probably know the holidays are practically synonymous with sweets. And they taste even better when you make your own! With so many holiday cookie recipes out there, you might find the hardest part to be deciding which cookies you want to bake. Here’s 50 easy Christmas cookie recipes to choose from that are sure to start tantalizing your taste buds.   

Snuggle up with a Cup of Hot Cocoa

What could be more relaxing than snuggling up with a cup of hot cocoa?  This time of year often brings cold temperatures, so warming up with a hot beverage will be sure to lift your spirits! Try adding some fluffy marshmallows and snuggle up in front of a fireside.  If you don’t have one, a warm blanket will do! 

Go See a Wintertime Play

If you love a good play, Christmas classics and holiday favorites abound during this season. Check out your local theater’s listing to find out what shows they have for the holidays.  And be sure to ask about accessible seating for you or your loved one before you buy. There’s even a new trend with theaters now offering autism-friendly performances 

Share in Holiday Favorite Music and Movies

If you can’t make it to the theater, bring the holidays to your home theater!  Most cable channels screen classic holiday movies this time of year as well as streaming services such as Netflix, if you have a subscription.  And don’t forget the music! Nothing will bring you more cheer than listening to your favorite holiday songs, so tune into your local radio station that’s playing them or check out some holiday playlists, like this one, on Spotify.  

Shop at Your Local Thrift Store

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, a great way to give back is to shop at your local thrift stores. Many thrift stores are affiliated with larger organizations and nonprofits that benefit a collective good. Examples might be taking care of the homeless or funding local animal shelters. When you shop at these thrift stores, you are not only consuming less during the holidays, but your money will be put toward benefiting others!  

And if you’re local to the Muskogee, Tahlequah, or Wagoner, Oklahoma areas, consider shopping at our thrifts stores. All proceeds go back into our nonprofit organization to benefit our central mission of finding meaningful employment for adults with disabilities. You’ll not only find a disability-friendly space when you shop, our Working Partners with disabilities will be there to proudly assist you throughout your holiday shopping experience! 

Disability-friendly Holiday Fun

Hopefully now you have a few ideas for disability-friendly activities to make your holidays that much more special. Reply below and let us know which activities you tried out! 

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