Friday, July 31, 2009

FREE Coil Magnifier for Low Vision… Only at MaxiAids

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living,, today announced their Free Coil Magnifier Offer. Get a FREE Coil 5x Sliding Pocket Magnifier (a $10.95 value) with any purchase of $50.00 or more!

The Coil 5x Sliding Pocket Magnifier is the perfect tool to keep on hand for those times when you need to see finer detail, whether you’re at home or on the go. The 1-1/8” diameter, 5x high quality lens gives you an added boost to help you see everything from a splinter you’re trying to remove to the fine print on a product label. It’s made of durable polystyrene plastic and, at only 3-1/2” long when folded, fits easily in your pocket.

Supplies are limited, so don’t miss out… visit today! Browse our extensive selection of products for the blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, arthritic, diabetic, as well as those with mobility challenges and other special needs. You’ll find the perfect product at the lowest price, and get a FREE magnifier as a bonus with your purchase over $50.00!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Stay Safe in the Kitchen! Avoid Burns with Stay Cool Pot Grip and Oven Rack Guards

If you’ve ever inadvertently touched a hot pot handle or oven rack, you know how painful burns can be. But help is here, as two great new products available at offer an added measure of safety when you are cooking.

A secure, convenient alternative to traditional potholders and oven mitts, the Stay Cool Grip was designed to fit over a range of handle sizes, allowing you to safely handle hot pots and pans. Simply slip it over the pot handle and you’ll be able to get a good grip without worrying about getting burned. Made of durable heavy-duty silicone, it is heat resistant to 482° F and is dishwasher safe. It costs $6.95.

The Cool Touch™ Oven Rack Guard offers protection against burns that can result if you accidentally touch or brush against hot oven racks. Made from fabric first developed for firefighters, the Oven Rack Guard protects you by slowing the heat transfer from metal oven racks to your skin. The 18” length provides extensive coverage on all standard oven racks. It’s safe up to 500° F and is machine washable. The cost for a package of 2 guards is $19.95.

Both items, as well as many more kitchen and cooking helpers may be seen and purchased at

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

HOT OFF THE PRESS! MaxiAids Back to School Catalog Features Great Products for Special Needs at Unbeatable Prices

As summer speeds by and kids soak up every bit of sun and fun they can get, parents are inevitably planning back to school shopping trips. Those seeking special needs items will be happy to hear that MaxiAids (, leading supplier of products for the blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing and diabetic, as well as those with mobility challenges and other special needs, has released its new Back to School Sale Catalog.

The 48-page catalog is jammed with products for independent living - from Reizen Talking Atomic Watches and Braille labelers for the blind to magnifiers and large print computer keyboards for those with low vision; from vibrating watches and clocks for the deaf to personal amplifiers and amplified telephones for the hard of hearing.

Talking dictionaries and text-to-speech software help with studies, while our tactile labeling kit, hot plate and one-cup hot water and coffee makers make dorm life more manageable. An assortment of talking, Braille and vibrating alarm clocks make it easier to get up and out to class, while a full range of beeping balls provide accessible fun when it’s time to play!

Visit or call 1-800-522-6294 and ask for your copy of the Back to School Sale Catalog today to help your child enjoy a more active, independent lifestyle tomorrow.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Keep Your Notebook Computer Screen Secure and Glare-Free

With the rise in popularity of notebook computers, an increasing amount of business is being conducted outside traditional corporate locations. For many salespeople, small business owners, consultants and freelancers, the local coffee shop has become an office. Pitches are being made and deals struck over restaurant lunches. In addition, many people are handling banking transactions and other personal business via their laptops.

But with the economy and convenience of these pseudo-offices, doing business in public locations can come at the risk of compromising the security of the information displayed on your laptop’s screen. Enter PrivacyWard, a privacy filter that, when placed on the LCD of your notebook computer, prevents anyone sitting to the side from seeing what’s on the screen.

PrivacyWard uses screen darkening privacy technology, rather than common blurring or distorting of screen data to prevent casual onlookers from viewing your screen. At the same time, the anti-glare filter blocks UV rays, giving you a crystal clear view of the screen and protecting both your eyes and the notebook display. Microlouver Privacy Technology allows those sitting directly in front of the notebook and within a 60-degree radius to see data on the screen clearly while blocking side views.

PrivacyWard is smudge-resistant, protects fragile surface of notebook screens from scuffs and scratches and is made of a durable 3-layer composite protective film. It’s easy to apply, clean and re-apply and comes in three sizes (15.4-inch, 17-inch and 19-inch), priced at $43.00, $46.00 and 49.00, respectively. Click on a size or visit for further information or to order.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Blind Hikers Climb Kilimanjaro, Set 2 World Records and Raise Money for Foundation for Blind Children’s Infant Program

The entire group of 25 hikers calling itself ‘Team Kili’ that had set out together was truly breathing rarified air as they reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, this past June 29th. The fact that nobody dropped out along the way is impressive. Even more impressive is that 8 of the hikers, including one that’s only 12 years old, are blind.

Part of the goal of the group was raising money to support the Infant Program of the Foundation for Blind Children in Arizona, in which 2 of the hikers had participated when they were youngsters. Along the way, they set two Guinness World Records: the largest group of blind climbers to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and the youngest blind climber to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Congratulations to the entire team! Visit the Foundation for Blind Children website to read more about the climb, including the climber’s blogs. Visit to view a wide range of products to help the blind and those with low vision live more active, independent lives.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Know Who’s Calling Before You Pick up the Phone

If you like everything about your current telephone, except for the fact that it doesn’t offer a talking caller ID feature, we have a solution for you. The Talking Caller ID is the perfect accessory to your existing telephone. All you need is an existing telephone that has Caller ID service from the phone company. It’s a great tool for the blind and visually impaired.

At only $28.95, the Talking Caller ID is an economical alternative to buying a whole new phone with talking caller ID. It’s available in both black and white colors to coordinate with your existing phone. Call MaxiAids at 1-800-522-6294 or visit for more information.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Make Bath Time a Breeze! Lil Rinser Hair Washing Helper Keeps Soapy Water Out of Kids Eyes

Imagine bath time with your child… minus the tears! It’s possible with the cleverly designed Lil Rinser hair washing helper, which was invented by a parent as a solution to the challenge the family faced when it came time for the children to take their baths.

Held gently against your child’s forehead, Lil Rinser channels the soapy water away from the child’s eyes and ears. The result is a faster, easier bath time and a happy, tear-free child (and parent!)

Get more information on the Lil Rinser or visit to see a wide variety of items designed to help individuals and families face life’s daily challenges.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

MaxiAids Product News: Protect Your Eyes From the Sun and Elements

Eyesential Dry Eye Sunglasses were designed specifically for patients with sensitive eyes, including those with dry eyes and allergies, and they’re the ideal choice for anyone who is exposed to dust, wind or extreme bright sun.

They block out 100% of damaging UVA and UVB light and the soft cushion frame liner provides 50% more protection from the sun and elements. See the four available sizes and styles at or call 1-800-522-6294.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

NEW PRODUCT ALERT! Walker Coasters Help You Glide Around Easily Using Your Walker

Replace the rubber tips, wheels and tennis balls on your walker legs with Walker Coasters! These useful replacement footpads smoothly glide over tile, linoleum and carpeted floors, as well as sidewalks, bumps, cracks and doorways.

Walker Coasters are a safer, cleaner alternative to the tennis balls many users place on walkers to help them see the walker’s legs and avoid stumbling or tripping. Where the soft covers of tennis balls tend to grab, especially on rough surfaces such as concrete, Walker Coasters glide over surfaces. And where tennis balls absorb water and collect debris, Walker Coasters shed both water and excess debris.

Walker Coasters are available at MaxiAids for $8.95/pair. They come in two colors: Bright White and Tennis Ball Yellow. Visit or call 1-800-522-6294 to order.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Researchers Explore Echolocation in Humans as an Aid for the Blind

The concept of human echolocation, the ability of humans to detect nearby objects by hearing the noises they make echo back from those objects, has been studied from as far back as the 1950’s. In the more recent past, blind individuals including Daniel Kish and Ben Underwood have become known for their largely self-taught echolocation abilities, whereby they navigate their surroundings by tapping their canes or making clicking noises with their mouths.

A team of researchers at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Spain in their continuing research of human echolocation has shown scientifically that humans can develop this ability, according to an article on The team is constructing a series of protocols that may be used to help the blind develop their echolocation skills. Read the full story here.

For information about the many products available to help the blind live more independently, visit

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Maxi-Aids Rates A+ with Better Business Bureau

We are proud to say that the well-known, well-respected Better Business Bureau gives MaxiAids Products for Independent Living an A+ rating in its “BBB Reliability Report.” MaxiAids has been a BBB Accredited Business for 12 years, which to quote the BBB itself “means it supports BBB's services to the public and meets our BBB accreditation standards."

The entire MaxiAids team works hard to provide the largest selection of top quality products for independent living and to provide top-notch customer service to our many customers. Why not visit or call 1-800-522-6294 to experience first hand the superior level of customer service that the Better Business Bureau has acknowledged.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

MaxiAids Showing Products for the Blind at ACB Convention in Orlando July 4-9… Visit Our Booth and Get a FREE GIFT!

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living, world-leading supplier of items for the blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, and those with mobility and other special needs, 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. Come in and get a FREE GIFT just for visiting our booth!

Among the items MaxiAids will have on display will be our popular Talking Atomic Clocks that never have to be set and our new Reizen Water-Resistant Talking Watches. The Money Talks Talking Money Identifier announces denominations of paper currency, while the PLEXTALK Pocket Portable Daisy/MP3 Player lets you listen to music & talking books, plus make voice recordings on the go! The TADI Talking Organizer is the ultimate digital assistant for the blind and the VoiLa Voiced Label Reader transforms printed product labels into voiced ones.

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