Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year from MaxiAids!

MaxiAids would like to wish all of our customers a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and Independent New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Keys-U-See Large Print Foreign Language Keyboards for Low Vision Now Available at MaxiAids


MaxiAids Products for Independent Living now has available a full line of Keys-U-See Large Print Foreign Language Keyboards for those with low vision. These are great for non-English speakers to be able to type more effectively in their native language. Among the available Keys-U-See Large Print Foreign Language Keyboards are German, French Canadian, Italian, Latin American, Brazilian, Swedish, Danish & More.

Keys-U-See Large Print Foreign Language Keyboards come in your choice of traditional white print on black keys, or high contrast black print on yellow keys. Click on the language above or go to http://www.maxiaids.com/ to view these low vision keyboards and more products for the blind, visually impaired and those with low vision.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Read More Easily Without Disturbing Others: 2 in 1 Magnifier Booklight for Low Vision


The 2 in 1 Magnifier Booklight is ideal for reading at night or anytime. Read in bed without disturbing your partner. Take it with you to travel on trains and planes. It’s also helpful for those who would benefit by a boost in magnification and light to help them see print more easily. The ultra-thin magnifier can also be used as a bookmark. Item# 601056. Your Price at MaxiAids: $11.95.

Get the 2 in 1 Magnifying Booklight or visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ to see a full range of magnifiers and other items for those with low vision.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to All, And to All a Good Night!

Wishing you all the best for the holiday season and the year to come.

- From the MaxiAids Team

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MaxiAids Featured Product: Vox-Tape Talking Tape Measure for the Blind


Vox-Tape is a sturdy, slimline talking metal measuring tape that allows you to measure up to 16 feet (5 meters) and have the measurement spoken to you at the touch of a button. It’s a handy tool that enables the blind or visually impaired to take measurements.

Take measurements with the Vox-Tape and have them announced in your choice of imperial (inches/feet) or metric. After measurement, just push a single button and the tape will be automatically retracted. Built-in memory function lets you to add up values of multiple measurements. Metal tape is ¾” wide. Built-in metal belt clip. Uses one AA battery (included.) Also includes zippered storage case. MaxiAids Item #308016. Your Price: $159.00

Order the Vox-Tape or visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ to see more items for the blind, visually impaired and low vision.

Friday, December 18, 2009

MaxiAids Featured Product: Accessible Honeywell Thermostat Helps the Blind, Low Vision and Arthritic Easily Control Home Temperature


Easy to See, Easy to Use and Mercury-Free! The Round Easy-To-See Manual Thermostat from Honeywell is the most accessible thermostat you’re likely to find. The oversized 4” diameter dial has large 5/16” bold black numbers & lines that are raised for tactile reading. It’s great for use in any home, and will be particularly appreciated by the elderly and seniors, the blind and those with low vision, and those whose arthritis or dexterity issues make it difficult for them to grasp and turn dials.

The oversized 4” diameter dial is easy to grasp and turn when adjusting the temperature. Raised tactile numbers mark each ten degrees (“5” at 50 degrees, “6” at 60 degrees, etc.) and raised lines mark even numbers between 42 and 88 degrees. Plus, it clicks into place every 2 degrees (ex. 60, 62, 64…) so you’re sure it’s set exactly where you want it.

It can be used with gas, oil, electric and heat pump, as well as forced warm air, hot water, steam and gravity heating systems. Written instructions are included, and a Braille Owner’s Manual is available from the manufacturer upon request.

Order the Low Vision Thermostat from Honeywell (item 506887) for $79.85 at MaxiAids, or visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ to view many more products for the blind and those with low vision, arthritis, dexterity challenges and other special needs.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

MaxiAids Offers FREE Shipping on Orders Over $25.00

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living, www.MaxiAids.com, is continuing to offer a special shipping incentive to help customers save even more money when making holiday purchases. MaxiAids is offering free ground shipping on orders of $25.00 or more.

There is still time to place orders and have them delivered in time for Christmas in many areas of the country. Visit MaxiAids' website at www.MaxiAids.com to see the shipping schedule and to view a selection of more than 7,000 items for the blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, arthritic and diabetic, as well as those with mobility challenges and other special needs.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Perfect Gift for the Avid Reader with Low Vision

The Ottlite Low Vision Bookstand Lite offers bright LED High Definition Natural Lighting that lasts up to 40,000 hours and delivers clear illumination with reduced glare for less eyestrain. An adjustable light and platform easily conforms to various sized reading materials. It’s perfect for reading, studying, cooking, and working in the garage and more. Uses 3 AAA batteries (not included.)

Order the Ottlite Low Vision Bookstand Lite or visit www.MaxiAids.com to view more items for those with low vision.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Have You Heard the One About the Penguin That Tells You the Time?


Children will love this playful Reizen LCD Talking Alarm Clock! With its adorable penguin design, this functional alarm clock will make kids and adults alike wake with a smile all year long, and it will provide a great winter design accent that can also be appreciated by holiday guests.

It features time announcement in a female voice at the simple touch of a button located on top of the clock. You may also choose to have an hourly time announcement. Wake to an alarm with your choice of cuckoo or 2 musical chimes. Other features include a snooze alarm and a large LCD display with 5/8” numbers. Measures: 4-3/8” x 2-3/4” x 1-5/8”. Uses 2 AAA Batteries (not included.) Item#: 700798. Cost: $12.95.

Order the Reizen Talking Penguin Alarm Clock (available only at MaxiAids) is available at http://www.maxiaids.com/

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Special MaxiAids Holiday Offer: Free Shipping Plus $10.00 Gift Card for Orders Over $75.00

There's still plenty of time left to do your holiday shopping, and MaxiAids is giving you 2 more incentives to shop at www.MaxiAids.com. With your order of $75.00 ot more, you will get Free Shipping, PLUS you will get a Free $10.00 eGift card which you may redeem on your next purchase at www.MaxiAids.com

But this is a limited time offer that may end at any time. So don't wait... go to http://www.maxiaids.com today and start shopping!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bake the Perfect Holiday Cookies!

Most of us have a favorite cookie. This holiday season, why not try baking your own. And, help is available to make sure they turn out perfectly. With a No Touch Baking Sheet, you place the cookie dough over dimples on the sheet. This lessens the dough running together while the cookies bake. The dimples also form an air bubble under each cookie that keeps the cookies from sticking to the pan and burning. In addition, the dimples form legs which raise the baking sheet up slightly, allowing cookies to cool more quickly while protecting your countertops from scorching.

Made from high quality food-grade aluminum, the No Touch Baking Sheet is guaranteed for life against warping, bending or rusting. Turn the sheet over and it doubles as a pie rack. Dishwasher safe. Sheet has 12 dimples. Measures 15-1/2” x 11”. Made in the USA. And at MaxiAids, it costs only $14.95. Order yours today and bake the perfect cookies for the holidays!

Visit www.MaxiAids.com to order or to see many more great gift ideas for all your loved ones (or even yourself!)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Carl Zeiss Names MaxiAids Exclusive Distributor of Their High Quality Magnifiers

Carl Zeiss, the world renowned and well-respected manufacturer of high quality optics, has designated MaxiAids Products for Independent Living the exclusive North American distributor of their high quality magnifiers. Learn more here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Stevie Wonder Named UN Peace Messenger

Grammy award-winning singer Stevie Wonder has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In this role, his special mission will be to help people with disabilities.

In making the announcement at a press conference this morning, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon referenced Wonder’s popularity with fans across the globe and his work with various charities, including philanthropic work with the U.S. President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the Children's Diabetes Foundation and Junior Blind of America.

Having lost his sight shortly after he was born, the blind Wonder as a youth learned to play several instruments and in later years rose to fame and prominence as a highly successful singer songwriter.

Wonder is only the 11th U.N. Messenger of Peace, joining prominent figures such as Michael Douglas, Jane Goodall and conductor Daniel Barenboim. We at MaxiAids are confident that he will bring a passion and determination to the position that will allow him to bring much needed attention to the special needs communities and advance the cause of those with disabilities.

Today's The Day! MaxiAids Hosts Web-A-Thon to Support Perkins School for the Blind

Just a reminder that all day today (Thursday, 12/3/09) MaxiAids will be hosting a Web-A-Thon, with a portion of all proceeds from web purchases being donated to Perkins School for the Blind. So, don't forget to visit www.MaxiAids.com and make a purchase by 11:59pm tonight. You'll be getting a great product for yourself or a loved one, and at the same time will be giving to a worthy cause. Please read the text of our original blog about the event (shown below) to find out more.

About the Web-A-Thon:
MaxiAids, in our continuing efforts to help those in the visually impaired community, will be holding a 24-Hour Web-A-Thon to benefit the Perkins School for the Blind, the oldest and one of the most prominent schools for the blind in the United States. MaxiAids has committed to donate to the Perkins School a portion of the proceeds of web purchases made all day long (from 12:00am to 11:59pm) on Thursday, December 3.

This is a great opportunity for MaxiAids and its many loyal customers to team up and contribute to a truly worthy cause. Since its founding over 175 years ago as the first school for the blind in the United States, the Perkins School has been educating the blind and deafblind. Among its long list of former students are Laura Bridgman, the first known deafblind person to be educated, and Helen Keller.

With the Web-A-Thon, MaxiAids and our customers have a chance to give back to this organization that has given so much to so many people. Together, we can make a difference! So, start browsing now, and remember that with every web purchase you make on Thursday, December 3, you are supporting Perkins School for the Blind.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Baby Dipper Bowl Gives Parents One-Handed Feeding Flexibility


The Baby Dipper Bowl features a unique contour bowl shape that allows for easy scooping of food using only one hand, while the non-slip base helps keep the bowl from sliding. It’s great for busy parents, especially those with injuries, paralysis or other arm/hand limitations. It’s also a great training tool to help kids learn to eat on their own.

The Baby Dipper Bowl makes mealtime a fun and clean experience for all! Parents can use their free hand to clean or entertain baby, or to keep baby’s hands out of the bowl. Toddlers can see through the transparent sides of the bowl and concentrate on getting the food onto their spoons and into their mouths. All users of the Baby Dipper feeding set avoid the frustrations of chasing the food around the bowl and the bowl around the table! 4-ounce bowl capacity. Set includes one bowl & one spoon. Recommended for ages 4 months and up. Bowl measures 4-1/8” x 3-5/8” x 1-3/4".

Get the Baby Dipper Bowl at http://www.maxiaids.com/ today!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

MaxiAids Web-A-Thon to Benefit Perkins School for the Blind

MaxiAids, in our continuing efforts to help those in the visually impaired community, will be holding a 24-Hour Web-A-Thon to benefit the Perkins School for the Blind, the oldest and one of the most prominent schools for the blind in the United States. MaxiAids has committed to donate to the Perkins School a portion of the proceeds of web purchases made all day long (from 12:00am to 11:59pm) on Thursday, December 3.

This is a great opportunity for MaxiAids and its many loyal customers to team up and contribute to a truly worthy cause. Since its founding over 175 years ago as the first school for the blind in the United States, the Perkins School has been educating the blind and deafblind. Among its long list of former students are Laura Bridgman, the first known deafblind person to be educated, and Helen Keller.

With the Web-A-Thon, MaxiAids and our customers have a chance to give back to this organization that has given so much to so many people. Together, we can make a difference! So, start browsing now, and remember that with every web purchase you make on Thursday, December 3, you are supporting Perkins School for the Blind.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

November Winner Chosen for MaxiAids $10,000 Keep That Catalog Contest

MaxiAids is happy to announce that the latest winner has been chosen in the MaxiAids $10,000 Keep That Catalog Contest. Aileen S., who works for the US Department of Education in Texas, was the lucky winner for the month of November. She'll get to go on a $1,000 shopping spree at www.MaxiAids.com and choose from over 7,000 products designed for those with special needs.

To win, Aileen simply completed the Contest Entry Form. Her name was chosen at random, and at the time MaxiAids called her, she had her MaxiAids Products for Independent Living catalog handy and was able to anwer a question about it. It's that easy to win!

So, don't miss out on your chance. There's still one more drawing, and it could be your chance to get $1,000 worth of merchandise for free! Go to the Contest Entry Form at www.MaxiAids.com and enter today.

The Web-A-Thon is On!!! Support Miami Lighthouse for the Blind: Shop at www.MaxiAids.com Today

Today's the Day! The MaxiAids www.MaxiAids.com 24-Hour Web-A-Thon to Benefit the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is in full swing. MaxiAids is donating a portion of the proceeds from all purchases made on Thursday, Nov. 12, starting at midnight last night and running through 11:59pm tonight.

So don't wait! Now's a great time to treat yourself and make that purchase you've been putting off, or to start your holiday shopping! Visit www.MaxiAids.com and remember that with every item you buy, you are helping support Miami Lighthouse and their important work with the blind and visually impaired community.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MaxiAids to Donate Portion of 24-Hour Web-A-Thon Sales to Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living is proud to support The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind with a 24-Hour Web-A-Thon. We have committed to donate to the Lighthouse a portion of the proceeds of web purchases made all day long (from 12:00am to 11:59pm) on Thursday, November 12.

This is a great opportunity for MaxiAids and it’s many loyal customers to team up and contribute to a truly worthy cause. Since 1931, The Miami Lighthouse has been a source of support for those who are blind and visually impaired. Now, we have a chance to give back to this organization that has given so much to so many people. Together, we can make a difference!

So, why not treat yourself to that cctv electronic magnifier, big button phone, low vision watch or talking clock? Or, start your holiday shopping early and pick the perfect gifts for your friends and loved ones. With over 7,000 items to choose from, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list, no matter their age or special needs.

And remember that with each purchase you make, you are also helping The Miami Lighthouse continue to serve the community. Visit www.MaxiAids.com and start shopping now.

Monday, November 9, 2009

MaxiAids Distributing Kapten, the First Ultra-Compact and 100% Voice-Interactive Talking GPS Navigation System


MaxiAids Products for Independent Living (http://www.maxiaids.com/) today presented the Kapten Talking Pocket GPS Navigation System, the first ultra-compact, 100% voice interactive GPS. This product debut is noteworthy for both the features it offers, as well as for the fact that in a market where other models offering less functionality cost $1,000 or more, MaxiAids is offering Kapten for under $500.

Unlike other GPS systems, the palm-sized Kapten has no screen. It uses voice recognition technology that allows it to accept verbal input. You make navigation requests by talking to the Kapten and are in turn given spoken directions. For the sighted user, this means you are always able to keep your eyes on the road. And blind or visually impaired pedestrians finally have a reliable tool to help you get where you need to go.

“We are excited to be able to offer this innovative product,” says Elliot Zaretsky, MaxiAids’ founder and president, “as it’s an affordable, accessible GPS for our blind and visually impaired customers.”

The Kapten GPS was designed as much for the pedestrian as it was for those travelling by car, bicycle, motorcycle or public transportation. In addition to acting as a navigator, Kapten is an MP3 player, an FM radio, and it can be paired with a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to provide hands-free dialing.

“We are happy to be working with MaxiAids to bring the Kapten to the US market,” said Marc Tastayre, Sales and Marketing Director at Kapsys, the French-based manufacturer of Kapten.

For more information on the Kapten or to place an order, visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ or call 1-800-522-6294.

Friday, November 6, 2009

November is American Diabetes Month – How Many People Do You Think are Affected? How Many Are At Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

Most of us know someone affected by diabetes, but very few of us likely know the full impact it has on people’s lives. November is American Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness about diabetes. With that in mind, here are some statistics supplied by The American Diabetes Association:

- 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes
- 57 million Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes
- 1 out of every 3 children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue

The American Diabetes Association is launching a national movement to Stop Diabetes. Visit the American Diabetes Association website to learn more.

Visit www.MaxiAids.com to view an assortment of products for diabetics, including blood glucose monitors (glucometers), insulin coolers and travel wallets, diabetic support socks and more.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Foot Flush: The Hands-Free, Germ-Free Toilet Flushing Device




With the cold and flu season upon us and the Swine Flu (H1N1) again front and center on so many people’s minds, here’s a product (or 2 products, actually) you may want to consider: Classic Foot Flush and the Fun Foot Flush, both of which are Foot Pedal Toilet Flushers.

Stomp out germs in your bathroom! The Foot Flush is a revolutionary foot pedal toilet flushing device designed to allow you hands-free flushing of your standard toilet, keeping germs away and keeping your family clean and healthy. There’s no more reaching, bending or twisting. You just step and flush. It’s great for arthritis and back pain sufferers, seniors, those with limited mobility and post-op patients. It’s also a good idea for any household to help reduce the spread of germs.

Fits most existing flapper-type toilets and can be installed in just 3 easy steps, in under 2 minutes, without tools. Made of strong, durable plastic, Foot Flush lasts for nearly one million flushes – enough for a family of five to use for over 10 years. It easily lifts off the floor for cleaning, and can simply be wiped clean with an antibacterial, disinfecting cloth. No batteries or electricity required. The Classic Foot Flush (item #155918), with its traditional style, will suit all bathroom decors. The Fun Foot Flush (item #155919), shaped like an oversized foot, is great for children and those wanting a fun, light-hearted design touch. The cost for each is $24.95.

Buy the Classic Foot Flush or the Fun Foot Flush, or visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ to view more items that help prevent the spread of germs (including swine flu/H1N1). Among the available products are surgical gloves, facial masks and hand sanitizing lotions.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Low Vision Product from MaxiAids: Reizen Quartz Watch with 4x Swivel Out Magnifier

This stylish men’s quartz watch features a traditional white analog face with bold black numbers that are easy to see. As an added benefit, a built-in swivel out 4x magnifying lens is always at your fingertips for reading fine print or viewing small items.

When not in use, the 4x glass magnifying lens sits flush on the watch face. When you need to use it, simply swivel it out, place it over the item to be viewed and adjust the distance to focus. (Note: This lens does not magnify the watch face. It was designed to give you a convenient means of viewing fine print and other small items on demand.)

Measures approx. 1-1/4” diameter (plus crown.) Quartz movement. Polished metal finish with black leather band. Uses one SR626S battery (included.) 90-Day Manufacturer’s Limited Warranty. Item#: 701213. Price : $24.95 -->

Order the Magnifying Watch or see more low vision watches at www.MaxiAids.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

Dignity Mug Helps Those with Arthritis, Parkinson’s & Limited Strength

Drink with confidence! The Dignity Two-Handled Mug ensures independence for those with Arthritis, Parkinson’s and limited strength. The 2 large handles give you a secure grip so that you can more safely and easily drink your favorite hot or cold beverage or soup. Made of dishwasher and microwave-safe porcelain ceramic. 8-oz. capacity. Color: White. Item #555488. Cost: $5.49.

Get the Dignity Mug or visit www.MaxiAids.com to view more products to assist those with special needs.

Friday, October 30, 2009

MaxiAids Does It Again!!! Breaks $100 Price Point on Money Talks Talking Money Identifier


For over 23 years, MaxiAids Products for Independent Living http://www.maxiaids.com/ has been setting the industry standard as a supplier of items for those with special needs. Now they have once again taken the lead in making products more affordable by reducing the price of the popular Money Talks Talking Money Identifier to only $99.95.

“This is a very important step for us,” explains Elliot Zaretsky, MaxiAids’ founder and president, “because this new low price will make it possible for more members of the blind and visually impaired community to afford them.” Breaking the $100 price point is a great accomplishment, as in the past money identifiers sold for $250 and up.

This price reduction demonstrates how seriously Mr. Zaretsky and his staff take their role as industry leaders. “We are committed to finding ways to get the best quality products into the hands of those in the special needs community who need them,” says Mr. Zaretsky.

To order Money Talks, visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ or call 1-800-522-6294.

MaxiAids is Designated a Master Distributor of Keys-U-See Large Print Keyboards


MaxiAids Products for Independent Living (http://www.maxiaids.com/) today announced that it has been designated a Master Distributor of Keys-U-See Large Print Keyboards for those with low vision. “We’re proud to have been chosen as the leader in the industry,” said Elliot Zaretsky. “It gives us another means of doing what we do best – getting more of the highest quality products into the hands of the people that need them.”

Keys-U-See Keyboards feature big, bold characters that are 430% larger than standard keys. They are perfect for anybody who has a hard time seeing the letters on their computer keyboards.

MaxiAids is already known throughout the low vision community for its large selection and the low prices it provides to government agencies, schools and direct to low vision customers. Now, with this new designation, MaxiAids is also authorized to sell Keys-U-See wholesale to re-sellers.

Visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ or call 1-800-522-6294 for more information.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

MaxiAids Web-A-Thon to Benefit The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living www.MaxiAids.com is proud to announce that we will be supporting The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind with a 24-Hour Web-A-Thon. We have committed to donate to the Lighthouse a portion of the proceeds of web purchases made all day long (from 12:00am to 11:59pm) on Thursday, November 12.

This is a great opportunity for MaxiAids and it’s many loyal customers to team up and contribute to a truly worthy cause. Since 1931, The Miami Lighthouse has been a source of support for those who are blind and visually impaired. Now, we have a chance to give back to this organization that has given so much to so many people.

So, mark your calendar and start making a shopping list. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to browse our huge variety of products (around 7,000 items). Most importantly, be sure to visit us on Thursday, November 12. And remember that with each purchase you make, you are also helping those at Miami Lighthouse continue to serve the Blind and Visually Impaired community.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Low Vision Clock You Can Set Using Only Your Voice

Setting the time and alarm has never been easier – especially for those with low vision who may have difficulty seeing the small buttons on clocks! The Slick Voice Recognition Alarm Clock Radio available at www.MaxiAids.com will react appropriately and accurately to your voice commands.

Simply speak the time and alarm time, and the built-in Voice Recognition technology will “understand” your words and respond by displaying the time you say on the clock. In addition, you can say “radio” or “buzzer” to choose the sound you wake up to. Item #700001. Your Price: $39.99

See the Voice Recognition Clock Radio or visit www.MaxiAids.com for more low vision products.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Only at MaxiAids: Marks Script Guide & Sewell Raised Line Drawing Kit

To Our Friends and Loyal Customers…

For more than 23 years, MaxiAids Products for Independent Living has been at the forefront of products that help those in the visually impaired community live more active, independent lives. Over that time, we have developed many innovative items, and have purchased the rights to important items such as the Marks Script Guide and the Sewell Raised Line Drawing Kit to ensure that these items will always be available to those who need them.

We remain committed to serving those with special needs and to always providing our customers with the greatest variety of products available anywhere at the lowest prices. For more information or to order the Marks Script Guide or the Sewell Raised Line Drawing Kit, which are available only at MaxiAids, please call 1-800-522-6294 or visit us at http://www.maxiaids.com/

Monday, October 26, 2009

MaxiAids Offers eClipse Scanner/Reader for the Blind and Those with Low Vision

eClipseScan is a simple scanning and reading workstation that creates DAISY talking books for personal use. It also offers a Talking Music CD and Media Player that supports MP3, Music format, WMA, and WAV CDs. You can hook it up to your existing TV (using VGA or S-Video) for low vision features and video playback. All functions operate via a simple keypad and self-voicing wizard menu system.

Packed with the power of a desktop PC but is much easier to use, the eClipse is perfect for the Non-PC user and those who want a workstation dedicated to reading that also provides additional entertainment functions. It offers many features that the blind, visually impaired and those with low vision will find useful. Compatible with the Victor Stream, Plextalk Pocket, MP3 and DAISY CD Players. Weight: 19 lbs. Dimensions: 12 inches x 22 inches x 4 inches. Item #803257. Price: $1,995.00

Get it or view more products for the blind and those with low vision at http://www.maxiaids.com/

Friday, October 23, 2009

Steady Guide Finger Rests from MaxiAids: Easier Typing for Those with Parkinson’s, Dexterity Issues and Low Vision

Keep a steady hand while typing, using a calculator or dialing the telephone! Simply place Steady Guide Finger Rests on the keys. The concave (indented) shape of the finger rest helps hold your fingers in place and keep them from slipping off the keys. You’ll enjoy being able to work more easily, accurately and efficiently.

Steady Guide Finger Rests are the perfect inexpensive assistive aid for those with Parkinson’s and dexterity challenges, as well as for the blind and those with low vision. Put one finger rest on each key, or use them only at strategic reference points to mark specific keys, based on your individual needs. Self-adhesive backing - just peel and stick. ½” Diameter. Clear. Package of 30. Item #252718. Price: $4.95

Click on Steady Guide to order, or visit www.MaxiAids.com to see thousands of products for those with special needs.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dogs for the Deaf: Rescuing and Training Dogs to Serve the Deaf

I came across Dogs for the Deaf and found it interesting and worth reading. They’re a nonprofit operating out of Oregon that rescues dogs and trains them to help deaf individuals live more independently.

Their blog tells about success stories where dogs were placed in homes of those who could benefit from hearing. Before placement in the homes, the Hearing Dogs are trained to alert to everyday sounds such as a fire/smoke alarms, telephones, door knocks, doorbells, oven timers and alarm clocks.

Scroll to the bottom and read the section called “Unleashing the possibilities” which explains what they do at Dogs for the Deaf. Dogs are placed not only with deaf, but with in other special needs circumstances, as well. It’s interesting and inspiring.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Back in Time… Basic Black Retro Phone Takes You Back… Only With a Volume Boost for the Hearing Impaired

Close your eyes and imagine a basic black office phone from the 1970’s. Can you see it? This Retro Phone, now available at www.MaxiAids.com, will likely give you that feeling (if you’re old enough to remember the look.) Those who appreciate retro style will love it. But beyond the basic features the original version offered, this phone is outfitted with the hearing impaired in mind.

This phone has the look of a classic desk phone combined with great features for the hard of hearing, noisy environments, or anyone wanting a powerful 40dB handset volume and a visual ring indicator to signal incoming calls. This phone is hearing aid compatible and offers selectable ringer volume and an illuminated keypad.

Other convenience features include: 13-number memory (3 emergency one-touch plus 10 two-touch); Last number redial; Pause, flash and mute buttons. For desk use only (not wall mountable.) Black. One Year Manufacturer's Warranty.

Check out the Retro Phone or the many other choices at www.MaxiAids.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Multi-Position Suction Cup Grab Bar Helps Prevent Dangerous Slips and Falls in the Bath

Stay safe in the bathtub and shower! The unique 3-suction cup design of the Multi-Position Suction Cup Grab Bar from Drive sets it apart from other grab bars, providing maximum stability and versatility. The center section swivels, allowing for 180 degrees of movement to accommodate all kinds of showers and tubs. This range of motion also allows it to be positioned at a wide range of angles, giving the user the ability to position it in the best position to meet their individual needs.

Release levers make installing and removing the suction cup grab bar quick and easy - no holes, screws or tools required. Just push the vacuum lever down to ensure a secure grip to any flat surface. Red/green color indicators show you whether you have a safe, secure suction, or if you need to re-attach the grab bar. Item #1513084. Cost: $34.95.

See the Multi-Position Suction Cup Grab Bar or visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more products to support your safe, healthy and active lifestyle.

Save the Date: MaxiAids Exhibiting at NYSAER Conference

Mark your calendar! MaxiAids will be exhibiting products for the blind and visually impaired at the NYSAER (Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired) Conference on October 26 in Albany, NY.

Among the products being shown (and available for purchase) are a variety of Braille and talking items, including talking clocks and Braille & talking watches, as well as Money Talks, the talking money identifier, and the VoiLa Voice Labelling System. We look forward to seeing you there!

Visit the NYSAER website for more conference information. Go to www.MaxiAids.com to see the largest available assortment of products for the blind, visually impaired and low vision, as well as those with special needs.

Friday, October 16, 2009

MaxiAids New Product Profile: Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser Gives You the Right Pills at the Right Time

The Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser, available at www.MaxiAids.com, helps to ensure that medications are taken properly and on time. Schedule up to 4 daily doses with the built-in programmable timer. Med-E-Lert will dispense the right dosage of the right pills at the right time. It was designed especially for the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients, those with low vision and patients with complicated daily medical regimes.

The Med-E-Lert can be loaded with medications for one to two weeks, depending on the number of doses per day. Only the designated dose is available. A loud beeping signal (3 tone settings) sounds when it is time to take the medication. If the medication is not taken (skipping of doses), it is kept safe in the locked Med-E-Lert.

Get more information about Med-E-Lert or visit www.MaxiAids.com to see thousands of products for those with low vision and other special needs.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Maxi-Aids Exhibiting Talking Products at American Council of the Blind Convention

MaxiAids is proud to be participating the the annual convention of the American Council of the Blind of New York (ACBNY) which is being held in Buffalo, New York from Thursday, October 15 through Sunday, Occtober 18. We will have numerous items for the blind and visually impaired on display and available for purchase, highlighted by a selection of talking watches, talking clocks and braille items, as well as the VoiLa Voiced Label System.

The convention is taking place at the Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport at 4600 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY 14225. Exhibit hall hours are on Friday from 2:00 until 8:00pm and on Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Come down and visit us if you're in the area. Or go to www.MaxiAids.com to view a variety of items for the blind and visually impaired, as well as other special needs groups.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

MaxiAids New Product Update: Fire Blanket and Protective Case

Get the ultimate in fire protection! A new dense Fire Blanket measuring 62” X 80 “ is now available from MaxiAids Products for Independent Living. It's made of gray heat-resistant material that's light in weight but dense and very effective. The generous size is designed to give maximum personal protection from fire and extreme heat. The cost is $49.99.

Also available from MaxiAids is a Protective Storage Bag for the fire blanket. It’s bright read and imprinted with the words: “FIRE BLANKET: Pull Loop to Open” to clearly mark it in case of an emergency. The cost of the bag is $42.99.

Click on Fire Blanket or Storage Bag to order these items. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to check out thousands of items for those with special needs.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Big Red Twist: Easy-to-Use Auxiliary Switch for Those with Visual, Cognitive or Physical Challenges

MaxiAids New Product Alert: The Big Red Twist features a large, colorful 5” diameter surface area that provides a large target for users for whom smaller switches are difficult to use. It’s ideal for students with visual, cognitive or physical requirements. An audible click signals the user that a cause-effect link has been made. With just a twist, switch tops can be removed and replaced with the color of your choice (Red, Blue, Yellow or Green) to suit your mood, style or unique vision needs.

Get the Big Red Twist or shop www.MaxiAids.com

Monday, October 12, 2009

You Can Set The Clock and Alarm Using Only Your Voice

Setting the time and alarm has never been easier – especially for those with low vision, the arthritic, or anyone who may have difficulty seeing or manipulating the small buttons on clocks! The Slick Voice Recognition Alarm Clock Radio will react appropriately and accurately to your voice commands. Simply speak the time and alarm time, and the built-in Voice Recognition technology will “understand” your words and respond by displaying the time you say on the clock. In addition, you can say “radio” or “buzzer” to choose the sound you wake up to.

The Slick Voice Recognition Alarm Clock Radio for Low Vision (item 700001) costs $39.99 at MaxiAids. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more products for those with low vision.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser: Great for the Elderly and Those with Low Vision

The Med-E-Lert Automatic Pill Dispenser helps to ensure that medications are taken properly and on time. Schedule up to 4 daily doses with the built-in programmable timer. Med-E-Lert will dispense the right dosage of the right pills at the right time. It was designed especially for the elderly, Alzheimer’s patients, those with low vision and patients with complicated daily medical regimes.

The Med-E-Lert can be loaded with medications for one to two weeks, depending on the number of doses per day. Only the designated dose is available. A loud beeping signal (3 tone settings) sounds when it is time to take the medication. If the medication is not taken (skipping of doses), it is kept safe in the locked Med-E-Lert.

Visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more products for independent living.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Keep Your Home Clean and Your Family Healthy with the Verilux CleanWave UV-C Sanitizing Light Wand

Feel the confidence of knowing that your home is clean and allergen free! The Verilux CleanWave Sanitizing Light Wand uses advanced UV-C light to kill dust mites, viruses, bacteria and 99.9% of household germs. Plus, it uses no chemicals so allergy and disease-causing microbes are eliminated without leaving any chemical residue.

Its powerful and safe UV-C light delivers an odorless, chemical-free clean that is as good for you as it is for the environment. UV-C light naturally eliminates germs that are the common cause of colds, infections, asthma and allergic reactions, and sterilizes quickly and effectively without damaging delicate items. UV-C light allows hypoallergenic cleaning and chemical-free disinfection of kitchen surfaces, mattresses, bedding, utensils, sofas, children's toys, pet areas, computer keyboards and more.

The safe and easy-to-use Sanitizing Light Wand is rechargeable and features a built in timer, auto shut-off and silent operation. Long life UV-C bulb. 1-year limited warranty on wand (does not cover battery pack.) Includes wand, charging base and rechargeable batteries.

The Verilux CleanWave UV-C Sanitizing Wand is available at MaxiAids for $99.95. Visit www.MaxiAids.com for more products to help you and your family live a healthier, more active and more independent lifestyle.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Frio Insulin Cooling Wallet for Diabetics Keeps Insulin Cool up to 45 Hours

The FRÍO® Insulin Cooling Wallet offers Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) sufferers the ultimate stylish accessory for the safe, convenient storage and transport of insulin. It provides a highly effective, low-cost means of keeping insulin at a safe temperature without the need for refrigeration.

FRÍO® wallets keep insulin safe for a minimum of 45 hours (lasts up to 5 times longer than an ice pack) - even in constant environmental temperatures of 100 degrees Fahrenheit! Keep one at home and make FRÍO® cooling packs part of your travel kit or emergency supply kit today - no more bulky, inconvenient ice packs or thermos flasks required ever again! You'll wonder what you ever did without one.

The principle is simple. To activate the wallet, immerse it in cold water for 5-15 minutes. Crystals contained in the panels of the wallet then expand into a gel, which remains cool for several days - relying on the process of evaporation for cooling. Then just towel dry the outside and it's ready to go!

Although activated by water, a feature of the product is that after towel-drying, the FRÍO® wallet is dry to the touch. The Cambrelle™ pouch we supply free of charge with each FRÍO® cooling wallet increases the wallet's efficiency and allows it to be carried safely in your pocket or a bag as required. Each item is re-usable and can be used either continuously or intermittently.

Click on the product name above for more information. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to see additional products to help diabetics live more active, independent lives.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Part of $9 Million Federal Grant Going to Research to Prevent Blindness

Scientists at the University of the Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have received more than $9 million in grants as part of the federal economic stimulus program.

"The stimulus funds provide a fantastic opportunity to expand or complete projects that will contribute to the health and well-being of our state and nation,” said Joseph J. Ferretti, senior vice president and provost of the OU Health Sciences Center.

In one of those projects benefitting from the new funding, James F. McGinnis is developing a way to use nanoparticles to fix natural defenses in the eye that have become defective. He hopes to prevent blindness from conditions such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and inherited retinal degeneration.

Read more: http://www.newsok.com/ou-health-researchers-win-9-million-in-federal-funds/article/3405315##ixzz0TAJcWIRk

Monday, October 5, 2009

Accessible PC’s: All-in-One, Touch Screen and Medical Grade Personal Computers Now Available at MaxiAids

A new line of all-in-one personal computers available at MaxiAids Products for Independent Living (www.MaxiAids.com) offer a number of convenience features, including space saving design and accessibility to those with special needs. In addition, a series of medical grade Touch Screen PC’s has a unique anti-bacterial coating that prevents the spread of dangerous germs.

On Zero Footprint models, the CPU (including the CD-Rom Drive) is actually built into the back of the keyboard, so no separate box is needed. This is an especially efficient choice for the blind computer user who, eliminating the need for a computer monitor, can have an entire PC system in one single piece – the keyboard.

The All-in-One 19-in. LCD PC helps you save space without sacrificing performance, plus offers a large, easy-to-see 19” LCD monitor that’s great for everyone, and will be especially appreciated by those with low vision. The All-in-One LCD PC, the most compact, yet powerful personal computer you’ve ever seen, combines a PC and an LCD monitor into one attractive, efficient and user-friendly package.

The All-in-One 19-in. LCD PC with TouchScreen helps you save space without sacrificing performance, plus offers a large, easy-to-see 19” LCD monitor with a touchscreen. You can display and use the on-screen keyboard as an alternative to the included wireless keyboard. Those with low vision will be sure to appreciate all that this system offers!

The Medical Grade All-in-One TouchScreen Personal Computer, ideal for hospitals and healthcare facilities, features a unique antibacterial plastic coating designed to prevent the spread of germs and create a healthier clinical environment for both patients and health care workers. Being dust and waterproof (its IP65 certified), it can be sprayed and wiped down without the risk of damaging the computer. As if that’s not enough, it’s also resistant against both alcohol and detergent. With these worries eliminated, medical personnel can focus more of their attention on the important task of patient care.

All models come in a variety of available pre-packaged configurations. Or, MaxiAids can custom-build a unit to meet your individual needs. All units use powerful, reliable Intel processors and feature Vista software, with a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it becomes available (scheduled for late October 2009).

Click on one of the above model names, or visit www.MaxiAids.com for more information.

Friday, October 2, 2009

October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week

The week of October 4-10 being designated as Fire Prevention Week (and in fact this has been expanded out, with the entire month of October being called Fire Prevention Month. This is the time of year when fire departments remind us to put fresh batteries in our smoke detectors.

Don't have a detector? Maxi-Aids has a variety of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors available, including many models designed specifically for the deaf and hearing. Among the selection are the Kidde Combo Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm with Strobe Light for a bright visual alert and the Silent Call Signature Series Smoke Detector that transmits to a vibrating receiver worn by the user or a vibrator placed under the pillow or mattress.

Visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Daylight Magnifier Clamp Lamp Provides Magnification Plus Light for Low Vision

MaxiAids Product News! As attractive as it is functional, the Daylight Slimline Magnifier Clamp Lamp is a great tool for readers and hobbyists, especially those with low vision. Its sleek chrome look will blend perfectly into almost any décor, and an efficient 22-watt low heat, flicker-free Daylight™ tube (100w equivalent) provides bright natural light, improving clarity and reducing eyestrain. Two included lenses provide your choice of either 1.75x (3 diopter) or 2.25x (5 diopter) magnification to suit your individual low vision needs, giving you the boost you need to see fine details more easily.

Other features include a slimline head, adjustable internal spring arm and table clamp, which together allow you to adjust the lamp into the ideal position for whatever task is at hand. Uses include reading fine print; hobbies such as stamp and coin collecting; sewing and other needlework; skincare, nails, beauty and healthcare; watch battery replacement; jewelry repair; arts & crafts and countless other tasks around the home or office. Color: Chrome. Item #672234. Cost: $64.95.

Get more information or order the Daylight Magnifying Clamp Lamp for Low Vision, or visit MaxiAids at www.MaxiAids.com to view more items for the visually impaired and those with low vision.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

See the Moon and the Stars More Clearly Than Ever!

The Vivitar 60x/120x Zoom Refractor Telescope, available at MaxiAids, offers interchangeable 60x and 120x eyepiece lenses and a mirrored diagonal eyepiece for an easier, more comfortable viewing position. Featuring glass optics for optimum clarity, it was designed to provide sharp, clear viewing of distant objects. It’s great for stargazing, viewing wildlife and cityscapes, and more. Other features include a 3x finder scope to locate objects faster and a full-sized adjustable tripod that sets up quickly and easily. It’s lightweight and durable with an aluminum barrel. Convenient screw-type allows for easy assembly without tools. Color: Silver/Black. Telescope measures 22-1/4” Long x 2-1/2” Diameter. 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty.

View this telescope now or visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more low vision and magnification products.

Monday, September 28, 2009

There's Still Time to Enter MaxiAids $10,000 Keep That Catalog Contest

Just a reminder that The MaxiAids $10,000 Keep That Catalog Contest is still on -- you still have a few chances to win a $1,000 MaxiAids Products for Independent Living shopping spree. Winners are chosen every month, and it runs through December. Enter here or go to www.MaxiAids.com

Friday, September 25, 2009

New From Reizen… and only at MaxiAids! The Perfect Talking Watches for the Blind and Those with Low Vision

Looking for a talking watch? Would it be a bonus for you if this talking watch were also water-resistant? Well, look no further. The new line of versatile Reizen Digital Analog Water-Resistant Talking Watches, great for the blind, visually impaired and those with low vision, offer three ways to tell the time, plus you can wear them throughout the day without concern about getting it wet! Simply press a button to have the time announced in a pleasant female voice. Time is also displayed on the LCD, or can be read from the traditional analog clock face.

Reizen Digital Analog Water-Resistant Talking Watches come in 4 colors: Black, Blue & Red, Yellow and Orange. And there’s even a Spanish Talking version. This sports watch is water-resistant and can withstand incidental contact with water, such as rain and washing your hands. It’s perfect for all active lifestyles and will be especially appreciated by the blind and visually impaired. Other features include an hourly chime, alarm with snooze and a sweep second hand. The cost is $24.95.

Visit www.MaxiAids.com for more information or to order.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

MaxiAids Brings Back Hoyle Super Jumbo Playing Cards for Low Vision Customers

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living (www.MaxiAids.com) has once again shown that even in these difficult economic times, its focus remains on customer satisfaction. Upon learning of his customers disappointment that Hoyle Super Jumbo Playing Cards had been discontinued, MaxiAids president and founder Elliot Zaretsky took it upon himself to make sure these customers got the product they wanted. He contacted the manufacturer and, investing MaxiAids own resources, worked with them to bring this item back for a special run.

This scenario is just one example of how MaxiAids is willing to go the extra mile for their customers. “It is important to see beyond the item itself,” says Mr. Zaretsky, “and to think of how a seemingly simple item can have an impact on someones life.”

“Some might question my spending so much time and effort on playing cards,” he continues, “but to those with low vision, this deck of Jumbo Playing Cards, which have 1” bold numbers that are easier to see, can mean the difference between them being able to go out and socialize over a friendly game of cards, or instead sitting alone at home.”

“We’re in a unique situation,” explains Mr. Zaretsky. “Our customers count on us for products that will help them enjoy easier, more active and independent lifestyles, and we take that responsibility seriously. I never underestimate the importance of any single customer or any one of their requests.” That’s probably why over the past 23-plus years, MaxiAids has grown to become the industry-leading supplier of products for those with special needs.

MaxiAids is now offering Hoyle Super Jumbo Playing Cards at new, even lower prices. A single deck (item #48615) is only $2.89 and a twin pack (item #48625) is only $5.69. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to view more items for those with low vision.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Future of Digital Handheld Recorders is Now

The new Olympus Digital Voice Recorder with Dictation offers advanced professional recording and dictation functions... and security like you've never seen before. It is actually equipped with a biometric fingerprint security lock that ensures only you will have access. Also available is a model with a password security lock.

Visit www.MaxiAids.com for more information.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

MaxiAids' Accessible Version of Super Scrabble Deluxe Edition is Modified for Low Vision

With Super Scrabble Deluxe Edition (Modified Version), an accessible and enhanced version of America’s favorite word game, the whole family will be able to join in on the fun like never before! Maxi-Aids has taken this great game and packaged a modified version with special tiles for the benefit of those who may have difficulty seeing the standard wood tiles.

IT'S EASY TO SEE AND PLAY. The tiles are bright white with letters printed in bold black ink, so the visually impaired can see them more clearly. Adding to the ease of viewing for all players is the Rotating Game Board. The rigid, durable plastic board has ball bearings built into the bottom, allowing it to be rotated 360 degrees. This allows players to get the optimum position to view the board and to reach and place tiles more easily. And its Raised Grid design, with raised lines for each grid on the board, makes it easier to put tiles in place and it keeps them in place even if the game board is accidentally bumped.

ENHANCED FEATURES FOR MORE FUN. The Super Scrabble Deluxe Edition also features 200 Letter Tiles (compared to 100), allowing you to make more words and to make your Scrabble games more interesting; It has 441 Spaces on the board (compared to 225); 125 premium scoring spaces (compared to 61).

Includes: 441 Space Rotating Game Board with raised plastic grid, 200 Low Vision Plastic Letter Tiles, 4 Wood Tile Racks, Drawstring Cloth Bag for letter storage, Score Pad and Super Scrabble Booklet with rules, history and tips. For 2 to 4 Players, Ages 8 to Adult. Game board measures approximately 19-1/4” x 17-5/8”.

Order it here (Item # 401105 for $49.95) or visit www.MaxiAids.com for more items for those with low vision and other special needs.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Summary of 21st Summer Deaflympics Taipei 2009: Russia Tops Medal List, USA Ranks 7th

The 21st Summer Deaflympics, which took place from September 5-15 in Taipei and drew deaf athletes from around the world, is over and the medal tallies are in. The Russian Federation topped the overall medal list with a total of 98 medals on its behalf, and having more in each category (29 Gold, 41 Silver and 28 Bronze) than any other country. Ranking 2nd was the Ukraine with 67 medals, followed by the China with 38 and Korea with 33 medals. The USA ranked 7th with 10 Gold, 5 Silver and 7 Bronze medals for a total of 22.

A highlight for the USA was the men's basketball team’s extension of its Gold medal streak to 14, culminating in a 90-73 victory over Lithuania. The team has won every Gold medal since basketball was introduced to the Games in 1957. The US team’s effort was led by Robert Haney Jr. who sank a team-leading 30 points. In comparison, the leading scorers for the Lithuanian team (Robertas Puzinas and Janis Skakun) combined for 41 points, accounting for more the half of the team's total.

Visit the Official Site of the 21st Annual Deaflympics for a full medal list by country.

Easier Driving for Those with Arthritis

Palm Rests were designed to make driving easier for those with arthritis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel or any challenges affecting mobility or causing pain in the arms hands or fingers. They provide hand support on the steering wheel and reduce muscle effort up to 76%.

The stylish Palm Rests (MaxiAids item #507278) blend right in with your steering wheel. Simply attach them and drive in comfort. Drive for longer distances with less pain and stiffness. Plus, with simple tools-free installation and removal, they can be easily transferred between different vehicles.

Order them by clicking Palm Rests or visiting www.MaxiAids.com

Friday, September 18, 2009

Earn Money with the MaxiAids Affiliate Program!

The MaxiAids Affiliate Program gives you a chance to earn some (and potentially a lot) of extra income. Use your website to refer prospective customers to www.MaxiAids.com. The more traffic you send, the greater your chances to increase your earnings! JOIN NOW and take advantage of our generous 20% INTRODUCTORY AFFILIATE COMMISSION RATE!

Simply complete our Affiliate Program Application now and once you’re approved, you’ll be able to put a link to www.MaxiAids.com on your website. You’ll get a high introductory 20% commission on any purchases made by customers that come to us through your website. (Note: This rate will be re-evaluated after the first month and periodically thereafter. Certain products do not qualify for the 20% commission and will be handled on a case-by-case basis.)

We have partnered with the Affiliate Tracking Network (www.affiliatetracking.com), a veteran of affiliate programs, to bring you the best possible experience. For complete terms and conditions, click JOIN NOW and read the MaxiAids Service Agreement.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blind and Deaf Students Get Vocational Training at MaxiAids

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living (www.MaxiAids.com) is happy to be running a vocational training program at their Farmingdale, NY facility. The participants are blind and deaf students from Helen Keller Services for the Blind in Sands Point, NY. The program gives the children the opportunity to learn a skill and to experience the operation of a real business.

The MaxiAids facility serves as the company’s executive offices, customer service center, and distribution center, shipping product all over the world. They manufacture and distribute a wide range of products: from Braille watches for the blind to alerting devices for the deaf – from magnifiers for low vision to amplified telephones for the hard of hearing – from easy-grip utensils for the arthritic to blood glucose meters for diabetics.

The kids get to see the whole business in action and meet some of the blind and deaf individuals who are among MaxiAids workforce. They also participate in the assembly of products that ultimately go to children like themselves (or adults) who have a special need.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Brailled Playing Cards for the Discreet Card Player

There are a number of decks of playing cards available for blind and visually impaired card players that are commonly brailled in 2 corners. Braille Playing Cards: Brailled One Corner Only, available at MaxiAids offer another option for players who desire a more discreet marking.

These cards are brailled in one corner only with the suit and face value/card number. This deck is great for those who want to play their hand “close to the vest” and avoid the chance that others may be able to see and recognize the Braille markings. The cost is $6.95. MaxiAids item number is 402772.

Click here for more information or to order. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to view more products for the blind and visually impaired.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Little Help in the Kitchen! New Cooking Aids Mean Less Mess, Less Waste for Home Chefs

Two new products available at www.MaxiAids.com promise to help the home chef enjoy a neater, safer cooking experience with less mess and less waste.

The 3-in-1 Splatter Screen, Pot Strainer and Trivet is a unique and versatile multi-functional cooking helper that will protect you and your kitchen surfaces from the messy and potentially dangerous splatter that can occur, especially when cooking with butter or oil, or when frying bacon. When it comes time to drain water from a pot or pan, such as from cooked vegetables or pasta, it’s a handy strainer. And after the pots are all off the stove, it even serves as a handy trivet for hot pots, pans and bowls. The 3-in-1 Splatter Screen, Pot Strainer and Trivet (item #556001) is priced at $19.95.

With the cleverly designed Pot Drainer, you can easily drain water from pots and pans without making a mess, scalding your hands with hot water or accidentally spilling food into the sink. Simply place the drainer over the edge of the pot or pan and tip it. The water will run through the holes in the strainer/drainer but the food will stay inside. The Pot Drainer (item #558012) is available for $4.95.

To order either the 3-in-1 Tool or the Pot Drainer, click on the item name. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to see a large assortment kitchen helpers and other items for independent living.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Nick Jonas Puts a (Very Public) Face to Juvenile Diabetes

Nick Jonas, who along with older brothers Kevin and Joe forms the Jonas Brothers, was 13 years old when he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes. The disease, which hampers the body's ability to move the glucose contained in food into cells throughout the body, affects more than 1 million Americans. Now 16, Jonas has become a vocal advocate for continued funding of research to find a cure for the disease.

Jonas this past June testified before Congress for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. Through the Jonas Brothers' Change for the Children Foundation he established a JDRF research grant aimed at improving the lives of, and ultimately finding a cure for, children and adults living with type 1 diabetes.

See more about Nick Jonas’ Congressional testimony (including photos) on the JDRF website here.

Visit www.MaxiAids.com to view products designed to help those with diabetes live healthier, more active lifestyles.

Friday, September 11, 2009

VoiLa is Back – Exclusively at MaxiAids! The One and Only Voiced Label System with Tactile Labels for the Blind

Record voiced labels to help you easily identify items! The VoiLa Voiced Labeling System gives the blind greater independence, and it’s the only system that uses railed, guided tactile labels that are easy to located and scan. Now you can identify items quickly and easily… every time!

VoiLa allows the user to record voiced labels and attach them to virtually any item in the home or office, then reads them back on demand for easy identification of the items. From medicine and vitamin bottles to canned food, from CDs and DVD’s to clothing, and everything in between – label everything and see how much easier daily living can be!

VoiLa, a Maxi-Aids exclusive, is a voice output bar code reader labeling system that consists of reusable labels that are attached to items, and a pen-shaped device with a sapphire lens or "eye" that reads the labels and plays back your pre-recorded message, identifying the item for you in your own voice.

Unlike similar products, VoiLa’s labels are tactile, with a unique guide rail to help you easily locate the bar code. The labels have an adhesive backing for affixing to objects, can be sewn or taped to objects, or simply hung from them. Record up to 250 voiced labels. The kit includes labels numbered 1 to 50. Additional sets of 50 (up to 250) may be purchased separately.

Included in your VoiLa kit are: one scanning pen, instructional cassette, labels numbered 1-50, attachment accessories (rubber bands, Velcro strips, magnets & zip ties) and 2 AA batteries.

VoiLa is available in models that give voice prompts in English (item #308557) or Spanish (item #308575). Regularly $199.95, they are on sale now for $139.95 (English) and $149.95 (Spanish.) For more information or to order, click VoiLa. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more products for the blind.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A New Generation of Digital Recorders with Voice Guidance for the Blind and Visually Impaired

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living is currently highlighting some of their most innovative offerings for the blind and visually impaired. One of the best developments to come along is the voice guidance feature for compact handheld digital voice recorders, which provides audible prompts to the user who cannot see the markings on recorders. Olympus has built this feature into several of their digital voice recorders, making them more accessible and making the menus infinitely easier to navigate.

In addition to voice guidance, this new generation of compact digital recorders offers massive amounts of recording time (up to 1,062 hours) and additional features such as the ability to store and play back MP3 music, as well as WAV and WMA format audio books. Some even support automatic Podcast downloads.

Currently featured at MaxiAids are the Olympus Digital Recorder with Voice Guidance and 4GB memory for $349.99, and the 2GB model at the low price of $149.99. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to view the complete selection of Voice-Guided Digital Recorders and other items for the blind, visually impaired and low vision.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Reizen LED Torch Flashlight: Sleek and Stylish, Waterproof and Shockproof

The Reizen LED Torch Flashlight, available only at MaxiAids Products for Independent Living (www.MaxiAids.com), is as rugged as it is stylish. It’s made of high quality aircraft-grade aluminum anodized inside and outside giving it a sleek, polished look. But at the same time, it’s waterproof and shockproof. It’s ready to go virtually anywhere with you and give you reliable bright, clean light supplied by six long-lasting LED’s. Uses 3 AA batteries (not included). Cost: $14.95.

Click on the product name above for more information or to order.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Open Up a World of Digital Books and Music with Portable MP3, Book and Text-to-Speech Players for the Blind

Maxi-Aids is kicking off Labor Day Weekend by encouraging anyone who has not yet ventured into the realm of MP3 players and audio books, and especially the blind, to explore the amazing developments that have opened up the world of digital audio over the past number of years.

A number of digital units are now available that feature various combinations of features including MP3 players, DAISY and digital book readers, digital recorders, and even text-to-speech playback of stored text files, including Word documents. SD memory cards offer huge amounts of memory that had simply been unavailable previously and USB connections allow for easy downloading of files from your computer.

Plus, all this functionality is packaged in compact, lightweight units that are easy to take with you almost anywhere. Players in this category are designed with few controls and simple layouts to make them accessible to the blind and visually impaired.

Four units are currently being highlighted at http://www.maxiaids.com/:

1. Tomboy is a powerful DAISY and MP3 player, text-to-speech document player, voice recorder, radio and electronic calendar – all in one. This is a brand new unit that will be available soon and is currently priced at $349.00 (subject to change.)

2. PLEXTALK Pocket is a Portable Daisy/MP3 Player and Voice Recorder that is priced at $359.00

3. VictorReader Stream is a DAISY-MP3-NISO Player that is compatible with NLS digital books. It sells for $344.95

4. Book Courier, which features an MP3 player and voice recorder along with a built-in alarm, sleep timer, clock, calendar and adjustable reading speed. The cost is $379.00.

Please click on the product names above to view full features and specifications for that unit. Visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ to see more products for the blind, visually impaired and low vision.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

MaxiAids Product News: Accessible Battery Charger for the Blind

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living is proud to offer the Universal Battery Charger with Beeper for the Blind, our specially modified unit that beeps to let you know when the batteries are charged, plus features a built-in battery tester and a discharger.

Like most battery chargers on the market, this unit has visual LED indicators to show when a battery is charged. However, unlike other chargers, this unit has been modified to make it accessible to the blind. Tactile letters mark the 3 switch positions (Test, Charge and Discharge) and an audible signal (in addition to the LED indicator) alerts you when batteries are fully charged.

To obtain the longest life from a rechargeable battery, it should be completely discharged before recharging. The Test mode allows you to determine if a battery is discharged, and the Discharge mode will fully drain the batteries prior to recharging. It charges most size batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9V.) It tests all size batteries except 9-volt.

You can recharge from 1 to 4 batteries at the same time, and there is a charging indicator lamp at each battery position. For use with Nickel-Cadmium (Ni-Cd) and Nickel-Metal-Hydride (Ni-MH) batteries only. Uses standard AC power. For indoor use only. The cost is $29.95.

Order here or visit www.MaxiAids.com to see thousands of items for those with special needs, including products for the blind, visually impaired, and low vision.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Don’t Delay – Get Your Large Print Calendar From MaxiAids and Start Planning Out 2010 Today

It’s hard to believe September is already here! All too often, the days, weeks and months fly by, leaving us wondering where the time went and thinking about all of the unfinished projects and unfulfilled goals in our lives.

Calendars are a great way to help keep on track with appointments, obligations and projects. But many calendars, such as those on pda’s, cell and smartphones, or even the calendars in printed planners are simply too small to see comfortably, especially for those with low vision.

MaxiAids has several oversized calendars that are easy to see and use. They all feature bold black print and come in various sizes, and new for 2010, one is even printed in yellow for maximum clarity. The choices are listed below. Click on a name to view the product details, and visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more low vision items:

The Giant Print Calendar - 2010
Low Vision Calendar - 11 inch x 17 inch - 2010
Yellow Low Vision Calendar - 11 inch x 17 inch - 2010
Jumbo Print Calendar - 2010

Monday, August 31, 2009

Chopping and Measuring Made Easy for the Low Vision Chef

The Adjust-A-Measure Cutting Board with Built-in Measuring Cup, available at www.MaxiAids.com, is a handy, accessible kitchen tool with tactile markings that help the blind or visually impaired chef make fast work of cutting and chopping ingredients, measuring them out and transferring them into a bowl, pot or pan.

The raised board lets you cut food and slide it right onto a plate, or into the built-in measuring cup. The measuring cup has tactile markings, so you’ll be able to measure out the right amount of ingredients every time. Simply set dial for amount of food needed; chop food; slide it into opening to measure; remove cup from board and add food to recipe. Item #558010. The cost is $19.98.

For more product details or to order, click here or on the product name above. Visit www.MaxiAids.com to view for more products for the blind and visually impaired.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ted Kennedy Advocated for Rights of Those with Special Needs

With the death of Ted Kennedy, the many Americans with special needs have lost one of their strongest allies in the government. According to his website, Senator Kennedy has authored more than 2,500 bills throughout his career in the United States Senate, of which several hundred have become law and many of which deal with protecting the rights of those with disabilities.

Being in the independent living business, we at MaxiAids (www.MaxiAids.com) deal on a daily basis with, and count among our staff, people in the various special needs communities including the blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, and those with mobility, learning and developmental challenges.

In his many years of public service, Senator Kennedy was a great advocate for the rights of the members of these communities. Perhaps most notable among his accomplishments was his sponsorship of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Below is information from the Senator’s website describing his involvement in the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the ADA, including a quote from Senator Harkin, co-sponsor of the ADA:

In 1988, Senator Kennedy passed amendments to extend the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to
include people with disabilities and families with children. By expanding the law, the amendments prohibited discrimination towards people with disabilities in the sale or rental of housing and in the terms, facilities and services provided. It also sets certain guidelines for remodeling and necessary modifications to a residence for both the landlord and the tenant.

Senator Kennedy was one of the chief sponsors of the Americans with Disabilities Act of
1990, which ensures that millions of disabled Americans are able to live productive lives free from discrimination in public accommodations and employment. The ADA requires that public facilities accommodate the needs of disabled Americans, and that employers make reasonable accommodations for disabled workers.

Said Harkin, “I was thrilled when I arrived in the Senate to learn that Senator Kennedy ‘one
of the top leaders in the Senate’ shared the same passion. With his help, we were able to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act and began to see real change. The law literally opened doors for people with disabilities, allowing them access to new employment opportunities, access to new places and access to fuller lives. But more importantly, the law began to change how those with disabilities were seen by others. Senator Kennedy has always dedicated his life to helping those who are too often ignored and this is no exception.”

Visit the Disability Rights section of Senator Kennedy’s website for more detailed information about the special-needs related legislation he supported during his decades-long tenure.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

See Fine Details and Read Small Print More Easily with Reizen Magnifiers for Low Vision

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living www.MaxiAids.com has introduced 2 new illuminated handheld magnifiers to complement their comprehensive selection of electronic, handheld and stand magnifiers.

The Reizen 10x Illuminated Handheld Magnifier and the Reizen 15x Illuminated Handheld Magnifier allow low vision users with varying magnification requirements to see the finest details and read the small print on virtually anything! With powerful magnification and a bright white LED light, they are great for a wide range of tasks in your home or at work.

At home, use them to repair jewelry, change batteries in watches and small electronic devices, read product ingredients and see the correct dose on small medication labels. For pleasure, they’re great for hobbies such as stamp and coin collecting. Even curious kids will love being able to see what that insect, leaf or rock really looks like up close. Mechanics, technical support personnel and field service technicians who may need to read serial numbers will also find them invaluable in helping them do their job more accurately, efficiently and easily. Printers and graphic designers can use it to check the quality of proofs and printed items.

These Reizen Illuminated Handheld Magnifiers are compact and easy to take with you. Just slip them into your pocket, backpack or purse, or keep at your fingertips using the convenient carry case with belt loop. The price for each is $24.95.

Click on the product names above or visit www.MaxiAids.com to order.