Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Come and See the New and Improved MaxiAids Website: Fresh New Look! Faster Navigation! Easier Shopping!

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living, in our ongoing efforts to give our customers the most efficient and enjoyable shopping experience possible, today debuted our newly re-designed website! And we’re proud to say that the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive!

Featuring a fresh, clean new look and improved navigating, the upgraded site gives you faster, easier access to the products you need. Customers we’ve spoken to say they love the new drop down menus that help them get to the products they’re looking for quickly and easily!

Finding the perfect item among our unequalled selection of products for independent living and taking advantage of our unbeatable low pricing is easier than ever at the new www.MaxiAids.com

Visit us today and see… how easy shopping can be!

New Jersey Library Makes Reading and Computer Use Easier for Seniors

Reading books and using the computer just got easier for senior patrons of the West Caldwell Public Library in New Jersey. The library has opened what is being called the Savvy Senior Center, a dedicated area featuring equipment designed to make the tasks of reading and using the computer easier for senior citizens.

An electronic magnifier enlarges type so that those who have difficulty reading standard sized print may once again enjoy their favorite books and magazines. A computer in the center offers larger type, as well as computer instruction tutorials.

Hopefully the Savvy Senior Center, which is open to public, is a model that will be replicated in libraries around the country to accommodate the needs not only of seniors, but of the low vision community as well.

Monday, June 29, 2009

MaxiAids Offers FREE Blood Glucose Monitor with Purchase of Test Strips

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living, leading supplier of products for the blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, arthritic and diabetic, as well as those with mobility challenges and other special needs, has announced a special offer for those with diabetes. Customers ordering 4 bottles of Prodigy Autocode Test Strips will receive a FREE Prodigy Autocode Blood Glucose Meter.

The Prodigy AutoCode Blood Glucose Monitor is a talking bilingual (English and Spanish) blood glucose monitoring system that is ideal for those with low vision. It does not require coding, provides accurate results within 7 seconds and uses only a small amount of blood for virtually pain-free testing.

In addition, Prodigy offers alternate site testing (upper arm, forearm, hand, thigh, calf, hand, or finger) to decrease or eliminate pain. The large LCD screen lets you easily read results, or use the talking mode to hear results spoken in English or Spanish.

To take advantage of this offer, go to http://www.maxiaids.com/. But hurry, this is a limited time offer!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Former NBA Player Mike Glenn Holds 30th Annual Basketball Camp for the Deaf

Former NBA player Mike “Stinger” Glenn is playing host this week at the 30th annual “Mike Glenn Basketball Camp for the Hearing Impaired”, which began last Sunday, June 21 and runs through tomorrow. Approximately 100 hearing impaired male and female basketball players from the ages of 14 to 18 were expected to take part.

Glenn chose Father’s Day as the opening day of the camp as a way of paying tribute to his late father, Charles Glenn, who coached all sports at the Georgia School for the Deaf.

Among the long list of athletes and celebrities that were expected to participate during the week were: Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, Lenny Wilkens, Doc Rivers, Dominique Wilkins, Nate Archibald, Marv Albert, Dave Justice, Mitch Kupchak, Teresa Edwards and Michael Douglas.

Read the full story on www.MikeGlenn.com

Great News! Coming Soon - The New and Improved www.MaxiAids.com!

Fresh New Look!
Faster Navigation!
Easier Shopping!

Maxi-Aids is proud to announce that in our ongoing efforts to give you, our loyal customers, the top level service you’ve come to expect and to enhance your shopping experience, we will be introducing our newly re-designed website soon!

Featuring a fresh, clean new look and improved navigating, the upgraded site will give you faster, easier access to the products you need. Finding the perfect item among our unequalled selection of products for independent living and taking advantage of our unbeatable low pricing will be a breeze!

Check it out in a few days. Soon you’ll see… how easy shopping can be!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Maxi-Aids at 2009 Independence Expo for Persons with Disabilities and Limited Mobility; Enjoy Free Admission, Free Parking and Free Raffles

Maxi-Aids Products for Independent Living is proud to be participating in the 2009 Independence Expo – Long Island for those with disabilities and limited mobility on Saturday, June 27 & Sunday, June 28 at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, NY.

As the industry-leading supplier of products for the blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, arthritic, diabetic and those with mobility challenges and other special needs, Maxi-Aids will have a wide range of special needs products on display and available for purchase. Included will be: dressing aids (button hooks, long-handle shoehorns and reachers); travel organizers; personal amplifiers; ‘dial by photo’ amplified telephones; and talking atomic clocks that set themselves!

The 2009 Independence Expo will also feature consumer workshops, free raffles with great prizes and a contest called “Independence What Does it Mean to You?” Pre-register online at www.independenceexpo.org and get FREE Admission For You & Two Friends. With great exhibits, free raffles and prizes plus free admission and parking, there’s no reason not to attend!

2009 Independence Expo – Long Island:
Suffolk Community College
Sports & Exhibition Complex
Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717

Exhibit Dates/Times:
Saturday, June 27: 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday, June 28: 10:00am - 3:30pm

So come down and visit us. We look forward to meeting you!

Get further information at www.IndependenceExpo.org or to view the largest available selection of products for independent living visit www.MaxiAids.com.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Maxi-Aids Displaying Products for the Blind at 48th Annual ACB Convention in Orlando


Farmingdale, NY – June 23, 2009 - Maxi-Aids, world-leading supplier of assistive aids for the blind, visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, and those with mobility and other special needs, is happy to announce that we will once again be exhibiting at the annual convention of the American Council of the Blind (ACB). This year’s conference is being held from July 3rd to July 11th at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL.

Maxi-Aids http://www.maxiaids.com/ is widely known for its low prices, fast order turn-around and superior customer service. Our extensive line of products for the visually impaired includes Braille products, canes for the blind, item marking and identification systems, low vision lighting, magnifiers, talking products, low vision, talking and vibrating watches, and reading & writing aids.

We would like to extend a special invitation to all of our friends in the special needs communities to come down and visit us at the convention. You’ll have an opportunity to see a full range of products for the blind, including our popular atomic clocks and watches) and get a personal “hands-on” demonstration of the latest in devices and technology for the visually impaired.

We’ll be displaying from July 4 to the 9th at booths 55 and 56 in the Exhibit Hall. See Exhibit Hall hours here. Come down and say hello – we look forward to meeting you!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Deaf Advocate Marcella M. Meyer Dies

Marcella M. Meyer, a prominent member of the deaf community who spent nearly half of her life working on deaf rights issues, died on May 26 in Anaheim, CA. She was 84. Meyer, whose own deafness was the result of a case of scarlet fever when she was 6 years old, spent nearly half her life as a deaf rights advocate.

Among her many accomplishments, Meyer helped establish the Greater Los Angeles Council on Deafness, a deaf rights advocacy group. She lobbied successfully for closed captioning on TV in the 1970’s, and won the right for the deaf to serve jury duty in the 1980’s.

Meyer was also instrumental in establishing a telephone service in California that relayed messages between the hearing and the hearing-impaired, which ultimately led to the development of a nationwide system.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Complete Quick & Hearty Diabetic Cookbook Helps Those with Diabetes Manage Meals

Diabetes patients know all too well the importance of watching everything they eat, and how the amounts and types of foods they eat impact their blood glucose levels. When it comes to cooking at home, challenges often arise when diabetics realize that some of their favorite family recipes may now be 'off limits.'

However, it is possible for diabetics to manage their special dietary needs while at the same time keeping their taste buds happy. The Complete Quick & Hearty Diabetic Cookbook, available at Maxi-Aids, features more than 250 fast, low-fat recipes with old-fashioned good taste. Included are Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Main Dishes, Side Dishes… and even Desserts.

To help diabetics track their food intake, nutrient analyses and exchanges are included with each recipe. And for those wondering if it’s “legitimate” will be pleased to know that it carries the endorsement of the American Diabetes Association. View the diabetic cookbook or visit www.MaxiAids.com for more products for those with diabetes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Did You Know That Gout is a Form of Arthritis? Neither Did Most Americans Surveyed

More than 70% of Americans recently surveyed didn’t know that gout is a form of arthritis. The Gout & Uric Acid Education Society announced these results in a press release on the “Third Annual Gout Awareness Day” (May 22).

The survey of more than 2,000 people revealed an extreme lack of public awareness of gout, a painful and potentially debilitating form of arthritis affecting 3 to 5 million Americans. Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis among adults.

See the press release here or visit www.Maxi-Aids.com to view an assortment of assistive products for those with arthritis.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Disability Reports on the Rise Among Baby Boomers in US

According to a study posted on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.5 million US adults reported a disability in the year 2005, which represents an increase of 3.4 million from 1999 figures. Arthritis or rheumatism continues to be the most common cause of disability, followed by back or spine problems and heart trouble.

The study further showed that there are approximately as many "baby boomers" (defined as ages 45–64; 17.3 million) affected now as older adults (age 65+, 18.1 million). This statistic suggests, given the size of the baby boomer population, that the number of adults with disability is likely to increase dramatically as the baby boomers enter into higher risk age groups over the next 20 years.

Read the full story on the CDC website.

Visit www.Maxi-Aids.com to view thousands of products for those with special needs.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Maxi-Aids Releases List of Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Special Needs Dad

A box of golf balls? A gift card? Yet another shirt and tie? What will you be giving your dad this year for Father’s Day? Instead of the ‘usual suspects’, you can give your father something different this year. Maybe a Voice Recording Tape Measure? Or a Talking Alarm Clock that never has to be set?

Father’s Day is June 21, and for those seeking a unique gift idea that your dad will love, and that perhaps will make his life a little easier, Maxi-Aids has released its list of Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Special Needs Dad.

Included is a range of items that address a particular special need (low vision, hard of hearing, blind, etc.) or that simply make daily tasks and hobbies easier and more enjoyable. But special needs being put aside, seniors, baby boomers or any father will appreciate many of the items.

Check out the complete list here and visit www.MaxiAids.com to see many more products for independent living. Or, view a listing of Maxi-Aids Press Releases.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June Winner of Maxi-Aids 2009 ‘Keep That Catalog’ Contest Works with the Blind

Maxi-Aids has chosen the latest winner of the Monthly 2009 ‘Keep That Catalog’ $10,000 Give-Away. During the contest, 10 winners will each receive a $1,000 shopping spree at Maxi-Aids, www.MaxiAids.com, the industry-leading supplier of products for independent living.

Elaine W. of the Pennsylvania Association for the Blind is the fourth person to be awarded a $1,000 shopping spree. After her name was chosen at random from all entries received, in a phone call Elaine was able to answer a question about the current Maxi-Aids Catalog.

She commented that the prize would come in very handy, as she is currently working on organizing a summer camp program for blind children.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Blind Advocates Protesting Shared Street in Wales, UK Town

The town of Caernarfon in Wales (in the United Kingdom) has drawn the attention and anger of blind rights advocates by creating a town square where there are no marked curbs to set pedestrian walkways apart from the streets where the cars drive, according to a BBC report.

The charity Guide Dogs says this design puts the blind at risk, as curbs are an important marker for visually impaired pedestrians. Critics say that in addition to the blind, the disabled, the elderly and children are in danger when walking in these curbless areas.

Part of the goal of critics is to prevent any other towns from creating the same ‘shared street’ set-up. Lawmakers reportedly will be using a hands-on approach to help judge the safety concerns. They will be trying to navigate around a mock shared street while blindfolded.

Read the full story BBC story here. Visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ to view a full range of products for the blind.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Press Releases Help Maxi-Aids Reach Customers with Special Needs

Whether you’re promoting a product or business, running a charity fundraiser, or trying to draw attention to an important cause, the greater the number of people that get to hear your message, the better off your prospects for success will be.

Maxi-Aids Products for Independent Living, http://www.maxiaids.com/, supplier of items for the blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing and those with other special needs, has been using press releases as a means to reach customers and increase brand awareness for several years.

For nearly the past 2 years, the press release distribution service 24-7 Press Release has given Maxi-Aids an effective, reliable means of delivering a variety of product updates, news items, contest announcements and holiday gift idea lists to news and other media outlets.

As a result, we have seen immediate and positive results in terms of search engine rankings for the keywords included in our press releases and received inquiries from media (including a newspaper reporter) resulting in additional exposure for Maxi-Aids. We have also seen our releases picked up in numerous news services and referenced in countless blogs and tweets.

For Maxi-Aids founder and president Elliot Zaretsky, himself the father of a deaf son, the exposure press releases provide is valuable, and somewhat personal. “The more people we reach, the more people we help – it’s that sample,” says Mr. Zaretsky.

Click to visit 24-7 Press Release or to view a listing of Maxi-Aids Press Releases

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Linked to Retinopathy in Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes patients who have retinopathy should also be screened for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), according to Sophie D. West, M.D., the lead researcher in a study conducted at the Oxford Centre for Respiratory Medicine in the United Kingdom.

Earlier research had shown that 23 percent of men with Type 2 Diabetes have OSA that was under-recognized and under-treated. The researchers in the new study analyzed data from 118 men who had participated in the earlier study and found that retinopathy was present in 54 percent of those who had OSA, as compared to only 31 percent of those without OSA.

Although more research is necessary, Dr. West suggests that doctors treating patients with Type 2 Diabetes consider whether the patients could have OSA and whether they should be referred for a sleep study.”

Follow these links to Read the Full Story on Health.am or to view a full range of Products for Diabetics at Maxi-Aids.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Accessible Measuring Cup Helps Blind, Low Vision in the Kitchen

Measuring has never been easier, especially for the blind or low vision chef! The 2-Cup Measuring Cup for the Blind, available at www.MaxiAids.com, features a stepped design for quick and simple measuring. Each tactile step moulded into the side of the measuring cup marks a 1/4-cup increment, up to its 2-cup capacity.

To use it, simply place your hand inside the cup, count up the steps to your desired amount and rest your finger on the edge of that step. Then pour the ingredient into the cup until you feel it reach your fingertip. That’s it!

The 2-Cup Measuring Cup for the Blind also features a spout for neat and easy pouring and a comfortable rubber handle. It is made of high-impact clear plastic.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Special Olympics News! 2009 Summer Games Being Held in Binghamton, NY

More than 1,300 athletes and coaches will be participating in the 2009 Summer Games in numerous events taking place in Binghamton, NY from June 12-14. The State Summer Games is the largest competition held each year by Special Olympics New York throughout the state.

Included among the sports and competitions are: Aquatics, Basketball, Powerlifting, Track & Field, and Tennis. All events are free and open to the public, so why not come out to join in on the fun and cheer on the athletes! For those interested, volunteers are also needed during the event. For more information, go to the Special Olympics New York website.

Special Olympics New York, which does not charge athletes to participate, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in 22 Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.