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Christmas can be a stressful and anxious or lonely time for some people with disabilities. This blog post from Ideas has put together some considerations to help make Christmas more inclusive, hoping you can enjoy it more.


The holidays are a time of joy but they can still be a time of stress. New foods, fancy clothes, schedule changes, sparkling holiday lights and too many choices all add strain to the holidays. Here are 9 tips on how you can minimize holiday stress while celebrating the joy and wonder of Christmas with your loved one with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD).



It can be tempting to disappear into your own home with your autistic child and shut the world out. Depending on your child and your situation, you may need that sometimes—but know that you don’t have to. Here are ways for neurodivergent children to enjoy the holidays without the pain.


Not all places are accessible for people with disabilities and it is even more apparent during the holidays because you just want to go and do things and have a great holiday experience like everyone else but it gets foiled because it is not “accessible.” So, what do you do? Check out this advice from a parent who uses a wheelchair.


If you have a physical disability, the holidays can present some barriers. Consider planning your shopping trip at stores or a mall that is disability accessible and has a variety of restaurants where you might shop and eat out.
Shop during off-times and plan to buy heavier gifts last, so you don’t have to carry them around. Or, make yourself some tea or cocoa and shop online. For more tips for the holidays check out their site Disability Tips.