GiftAbled – Gifting inclusivity

GiftAbled doesn’t help the differently-abled to get jobs or an education. But they still manage to put smiles on their faces and brighten up their day, by creating custom designed gifts and cards for them.


GiftAbled doesn’t help the differently-abled to get jobs or an education. But they still manage to put smiles on their faces and brighten up their day, by creating custom designed gifts and cards for them.

Samvida Venkatesh speaks to Founder Prarthana Prateek Kaul about GiftAbled and its vision:

Q: When did you feel the need for inclusive gifting stores in India? Was there any particular incident that sparked the idea behind GiftAbled?

A: Sometimes we don’t encounter problems; rather problems find some of us who have the vision and a resolve to make the world a better place. Something similar happened when Prateek and I were working on an event with blind kids. We underwent a struggle to arrange apt gifts for them. The immediate question that struck was this – “What if a sighted person needs to give a card to a blind?” If a sighted gives him card with words that a blind can’t read, he will have to take help from someone. What if a blind has to gift a card to a sighted? We wondered why we couldn’t have a greeting card that could be read by both, which is in Braille and in language which the sighted can see. This moment of realization and a vision to bridge this gap led to this initiative known as GiftAbled.

Q: What are the kinds of items you have introduced/plan to introduce to the market? How are these different from what is already available?

A:  Below are the products that are currently available, but depending on market demand would like to source more and cater to kids of all disabilities.

  • Personalised handmade hand written greeting cards (Sighted and Blind) – 5 types

  • Blind assistive devices – Blind Cane

  • Braille Slate and stylus

    • Pocket – 8 lines reversible

    • Pocket – 6 lines Direct

    • A4 size Slate and stylus direct with grouse

    • A4 size Slate and stylus direct without grouse

  • Safety stylus cum eraser

  • Brailler Sheets

  • Knowledge and Games – to be played by sighted and blind

    • Chess Board

    • Abacus

    • Peg Board

    • Dart board game

  • English Alphabet trainer Plate

  • Hindi Alphabet trainer Plate

  • Drawing Board

  • Talking Watch

  • Signature Plate

  • Braille word forming block

    • To form different Braille alphabets

    • To form words up to 5 letters

    • To form words up to 8 letters

Q: Most organisations working with disabilities tend to focus more on things like jobs and careers. What made you go down this path?

A: When we think about making a difference to the disabled, we usually think about their education, jobs and career, which is great. But ‘GiftAbled’ is a different approach that has thought about it from the emotional front.

Our marketplace in India has grown enough to cater to the needs of all segments of society based on one’s economical capabilities. But it still seems to be less evolved when it comes to cater to the needs of people with physical disabilities, and hence it lacks inclusiveness. We lack a store, an online portal or any other forum to order specially designed gifts and other artifacts of day to day usage for differently-abled people. There is a need for such market players which cater to all, which provide equal options for abled and differently-abled people.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to add?

A: GiftAbled is meant to serve and provide access to quality products to a segment of society, which due to small market and specialized knowledge, is not catered to by established businesses. It is a huge challenge to execute successfully and deliver results on the ground.  I wish more people would be made aware of gifts that can be used by the disabled and the non-disabled alike. Start gifting cards in Braille and products like chess boards and abacuses which can be used by everyone.

Our website is under construction, but we do have a Facebook page and group. You may reach us anytime at giftabled@gmail.com


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samvida is a 17 year old student at NPS Indiranagar, Bangalore. She loves writing almost as much as she loves reading, and you can read her writing about reading at www.ramblings-of-a-bookivore.tumblr.com more

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  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samvida is a 17 year old student at NPS Indiranagar, Bangalore. She loves writing almost as much as she loves reading, and you can read her writing about reading at www.ramblings-of-a-bookivore.tumblr.com more

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