Friday, December 31, 2010

Big Talking Analog Clock with White Dial


The Talking Alarm Clock That’s Easy to See! The Big Talking Analog Clock with White Dial features analog quartz-synchronized movement, an easy to set alarm and hourly time announcement. Other features include large easy-to-read black numbers and hands, as well as a red sweep second hand. Uses 2 AA batteries (not included). Female voice. Alarm beeps 3 times then announces time. Measures: 6" L x 5" H x 4" W.

Get more information on Big Talking Analog Clock with White Dial or visit MaxiAids.com

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Hear Your Body Temperature Spoken with the Talking Ear Thermometer


This Talking Ear Thermometer from NatureSpirit uses advanced infrared technology to ensure fast, accurate body temperature readings. The reading is announced in English instantly after it is taken. It's perfect for the Blind and those with low vision.

Take readings in one second. Choose Fahrenheit or Celsius. Auto-Off preserves battery life. Small comfortable probe and slim design for ease of use. Backlit display for night-time use. Memory recalls last 30 temperature readings. Calendar/clock with year, date, hour and minute. Battery and probe cover included.

Learn more about the Talking Ear Thermometer or visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more items for the blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, as well as those with mobility challenges and other special needs.

Bop It Extreme Talking Musical Interactive Game


Everybody's moving to BOP IT EXTREME! This electronic, musical quick-reaction game is more fun than ever - plus, it's accessible to the Blind. It has lots of wacky spoken and musical commands that come at you in random order, challenging your response time to bop, twist, pull, spin and flick different parts of the toy.

Adding to the excitement is a taunting, yet hilarious, electronic announcer directing your every move. The better you get the faster it goes, and when you miss a beat you'll hear about it! Practice alone and play at parties, it's a game you're compelled to beat!

So pick it up and Bop it, Twist it, Pull it, Spin it, Flick it! Move to the groove and compete to the beat! You never know what will happen next. There are 4 different games for solo or group play - and BOP IT EXTREME keeps score for you!

This is a great game for the blind and those with low vision. It is stimulating and therapeutic for all players because it encourages quick thinking and quick fine motor skills in a fun and exciting way.

Get more information about BOP IT EXTREME! or visit www.MaxiAids.com

Friday, December 17, 2010

Kapten Plus Talking Pocket GPS with Mobility Kit


Unlike other GPS systems, the tiny Kapten Plus Talking Pocket GPS Navigational System from Kapsys has no screen. This palm-sized unit uses voice recognition technology that allows it to accept verbal input. You make navigation requests by talking to the Kapten Plus and are in turn given spoken directions. It gives the blind or visually impaired pedestrian a tool to help them get where they need to go. This version adds a mobility kit with a spare battery, car/wall chargers and a carry case for maximum functionality and flexibility.

Kapten Plus voice-controlled mobility assistant is a new generation of voice-controlled navigator for the blind and visually impaired. It offers the main features of the 1st generation Kapten and adds innovative features to ease mobility of those with limited vision.

Get more information about the Kapten Plus Talking Pocket GPS Navigational System from Kapsys

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Uniden Corded/Cordless Phone with Answering System


The Uniden Loud and Clear Corded/Cordless Phone with Digital Answering System offers a 20dB amplified audio boost, DECT 6.0 technology for interference-free calls, plus large easy-to-see buttons and display. Other features include visual ringers, caller ID announce on the base and handset, and adjustable playback speed on the built-in answering system.

Get more information on the Uniden Loud and Clear Corded/Cordless Phone with Digital Answering System or visit MaxiAids.com to see more products for independent living.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Reizen 8-Digit Talking Calculator with Alarm


Enjoy the convenience of hearing calculations spoken! The Reizen 8-Digit Talking Calculator is great for the blind and the visually impaired. While in calculator mode, all digits and functions entered, as well as calculation results, are read aloud. The time is displayed on the LCD. Built-in alarm with beep sound.

Get complete details about the Reizen 8-Digit Talking Calculator or visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more items for the Blind and those with low vision.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sound Puzzle with Braille Pieces: Pets


Match the Shape and Hear the Sound the Pet Makes! Some of our favorite pets are waiting to "speak" to your child on the Pets Sound Puzzle from Melissa & Doug. Place the puzzle piece into the well with the matching picture on the puzzle board and hear the animal meow, woof or tweet! Eye- and ear-catching puzzle enhances matching and listening skills.

Plus, this version has Braille markings on each of the eight pieces showing the name of the animal. Uses 2 AAA batteries (not included.) Made of wood. Dimensions: 8.75" x 11.75" x 1". Recommended Ages: 2 and up.

Note: This item and all Melissa & Doug products are carefully crafted using non-toxic coatings and meet or exceed all U.S. toy testing standards.

Get more information about the Pets Sound Puzzle

Low Vision/Braille Phonics Flash Cards Make it Easy to Build Language Skills


What is Phonics? The English alphabet contains 26 letters, and these letters represent 45 speech sounds. Many letters and letter combinations represent a number of different sounds. Phonics is the relationship between letters or letter combinations and the sounds of language.

These teacher-created, child-tested Phonics Flash Cards are ideal for reinforcing basic skills at home or school. The handy 3.125" x 5.25" size makes cards great for travel, plus the large (nearly 1" high) extra bold letters are easy to see.

The set includes activity ideas to challenge growing skill levels. Cards feature photos for real-life learning and rounded corners for quick sorting. The 56 cards are ideal for teaching Kindergarten to 3rd Grade, Ages 5 to 8.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

OttLite Spin and Store Desk Lamp with 3 Magnifiers


Enjoy a better way to see with the OttLite Spin and Store Desk Lamp with 3 Magnifiers. By delivering the right mix of brightness and contrast, OttLite lets you see fine print and details with ease under this unique low heat, low glare illumination that helps reduce eyestrain. For getting down to details, use the 3 spot magnifiers (1.5, 3.5 and 7.5 diopters) that fold up when not in use.

This smart lamp features a 360-degree rotating storage tray to keep supplies handy and organized. The Lamp height adjusts from 14" to 26.5" with a 21" reach and the base diameter is 10.5". Includes a 13-Watt OttLite HD (508 type) bulb, lasting up to 10,000 hours.

For more information, click on the product name above or visit www.MaxiAids.com

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Learn Geography the Fun Way! Talking Tactile USA Explore and Learn Map


Give your kids a talking tour around the United States with the Talking Tactile USA Explore and Learn Map. Use the tactile, touch sensitive keys to learn about the 50 states' geography, sizes, animals, famous places, flowers, occupations, specialties and more. Kids can choose from six different missions to learn different curriculum or play in four different modes to discover on their own. Friendly phrases and cheerful music add to the play experience. For ages 3 and up.

This modified blind-accessible version has a tactile dot on each state on the map, as well as on each of the ten function buttons. Automatic shut-off preserves battery life. Volume control for quieter play.

Find out more about the Talking Tactile USA Explore and Learn Map.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Hear Text Spoken and See it Enlarged on Your Computer Screen with WinZoom Screen Magnifier/Reader


Are you having problems seeing what is on your computer screen? WinZoom Screen Magnifier/Reader can help! It enlarges what's on the screen, while still maintaining clear text and images. Variable color options help to reduce glare and eye fatigue. You can also increase the mouse pointer size, track keyboard focus, realign web pages and hear entire documents and emails with speech output.

This USB Version is great if you use multiple computers. Check your email or surf the web on the go. Use it safely anywhere - at a hotel, public library, friend's home or on your family computer. Remove the USB drive and no software is left behind!

A simple to use USB thumb drive makes the WinZoom 100-percent portable - it's plug and play and will operate on any Windows compatible computer. No installation is required, so you don't need administrator privileges. Simply insert the thumb drive into the computer USB port and you're ready to go.

Get complete product information on the Winzoom Screen Magnifier/Reader: USB Version

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Get Around More Easily at the Beach and Park with the All Terrain Cane for the Blind


The All Terrain Cane was designed to help the blind navigate more safely and easily in areas that aren't paved. The long curved tip reduces snagging, allowing it to glide through sand, grass and other rough terrain. Now you'll be able to walk with confidence on the beach, on hiking paths or in the park!

How Do You Use It? Hold the cane out ahead of you with the curved nylon tip resting on the ground. As you walk, swivel your wrist from left to right, so that the tip moves along the ground in an S pattern, much like the movement of a snake. The curved tip should remain on the ground at all times.

The long nylon tip has a 3" curved piece at the top, a 6" straight middle section and a 3"curved end piece that prevents snagging. The cane features a golf style handgrip with a 3.5" diameter hook at top end. There is white reflective tape on the upper shaft and red reflective tape on the lower portion.

It's available in lengths of 38 to 58 inches, in even increments, in both rigid and folding models. Purchase an optional interchangeable Bulldog Rolling Cane Tip and give yourself the flexibility to convert your All Terrain Cane to a traditional cane for use on paved roads and sidewalks.

Get more information about the All Terrain Cane .

Friday, October 29, 2010

Mighty Bright LED Floor Light and Magnifier


Enjoy the Clarity of Light Plus Magnification You Can Use Anywhere!

The Mighty Bright LED Floor Light and Magnifier is a flexible combination of a large magnifier and 12 Super LED lights at tabletop height! Perfect for crafts, hobbies, reading or any activity that requires improved illumination for viewing fine details.

It's great for everything from reading the paper and going over bills, to home projects (workshop and assembly projects,) to hobbies and crafts (coin and stamp collecting, needlepoint and quilting.)

It features 12 LED lights (4 groups of 3) and a 5” diameter 2x magnifier with a 1" diameter inset lens. Maximum height extends to 54". Uses AC cord (included) or 3 D batteries (not included)

Click on the product name above for more information, or visit www.MaxiAids.com to view more products for those with low vision.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Big Button 40dB Amplified Speakerphone


This Big Button 40dB Amplified Speakerphone offers big 1.25” buttons with bold white print on black keys for easy dialing, a 40dB amplified handset and a large bright red flashing LED that signals incoming calls. It has a red 911 Emergency Key and speed dials, plus it's hearing aid compatible. It's a great choice for those with low vision and those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Get more information here or visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more products for independent living.

Friday, October 22, 2010

New Franklin Speaking Spelling Bee Teaches English and Pronunciation


The Franklin Speaking Spelling Bee gives you a jump on the competition to learn English by putting you right in the middle of a Spelling Bee. Hear a word pronounced, and then spell it to win. Learn definitions and word origins. See the word used in a phrase or sentence. Take advantage of its larger, touch-sensitive screen for faster, easier game play.

Speaking Spelling Bee has three ways to play. Practice eases you in, asking you to spell 15 words 3 times each, with a timer. Game Show puts you at the mike to earn money as you spell words quickly and correctly. Competition then tests your skills in a spelling competition against your friends or computer opponents. With 3 skill levels, game words are challenging for any grade level. So keep playing! Improve your spelling and grow your vocabulary. Just see how much you can learn!

For more information click on the product name above. Visit MaxiAids for a complete selection of products for independent living.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Have You Started Holiday Gift Shopping Yet?


The MaxiAids Holiday Catalog 2010 is out! It's filled with hundreds of items designed to support healthy, active and independent lifestyles. You're sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

From self-setting watches and clocks to talking money identifiers; from text-to-speech scanners to low vision lighting; from electronic magnifiers to toys and games for the whole family. Make MaxiAids your one-stop holiday shop!

View the MaxiAids Holiday Catalog now or call 1-800-522-6294 for more information

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Franklin 16-Language Speaking Phrasebook Translator


This Speaking Phrase Translator has everything students, tourists and business travelers need to communicate in a foreign land. It speaks more than 800 phrases in each of 16 different languages and allows travelers to save and recall their 60 most commonly used sentences. Translates phrases to and from Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai and Vietnamese.

Categories choices include: accommodations, emergencies, food & drinks and directions, plus it includes world clock and alarm. It features backlit two-line display and comes complete with a rechargeable battery and multi-plug adapters. Measures 2.5" x 3.5" x 0.5".

For more information click on the product name above or visit www.MaxiAids.com

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New Product Highlight: Horse Racing Tactile Wooden Game


In this fun and simple Horse Racing Game, two players race around the track to the finish by moving their peg the number of places they roll on the die. But there are booby traps along the way in the form of holes that go all the way through the board, dropping your racing peg into the storage box and out of the game. If you land on one, you must take another of your six pegs and start over at the beginning.

Because of its simple rules and strategy, this game is great for younger players. Pegs are color-coded (six each - red and blue) and there are tactile markings on top of six of them, making it accessible to blind players. Includes wooden game board/storage box, 12 pegs and a wooden die. All pieces have a smooth stained finish. Measures 8.25" 3.5" x 1.625". Weighs 8.8 oz.

To order this tactile game, click on the product name above. Visit MaxiAids.com for more fun, blind-accessible games.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Featured Product: Big Button DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone- Braille Keypad


This Big Button DECT 6.0 Cordless Phone from Northwestern Bell offers great features for the blind, low vision and hard of hearing user. It offers a Braille augmented lighted big button keypad, large LCD display and visual ringer, plus it's hearing aid compatible. It also offers a handset speakerphone and call-waiting caller ID.

For more information click on the product name above or visit www.MaxiAids.com

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Polder Low Vision Triple Kitchen Timer-Clock: Easily Keep Track of Multiple Cooking Times


The Polder Low Vision Triple Kitchen Timer-Clock features three independent timer displays, stopwatch, clock and memory functions. Counts down up to 20 hours, with hours, minutes and seconds displayed on the LCD, which features bold black 7/16" high numbers. Timers work simultaneously with each other, or separately. Count-up stopwatch feature. 12/24 hour clock. Memory function for frequently used settings. Sounds a 60-second alarm when programmed time is reached. Large magnet to attach to any metal surface. Uses 1 AAA battery (included).

Learn more about the Polder Low Vision Triple Kitchen Timer-Clock

Thursday, September 9, 2010

MaxiAids Product Feature: Cutting Board with Pivot Knife


This Cutting Board with Pivot Knife is a handy kitchen helper consisting of a 10-inch square cutting board mounted on four suction cups. A chef's knife is attached in such a way that it can be used in a chopping motion through an arc of 90 degrees. Suction cups prevent the cutting board from slipping while you cut. Knife can be removed for cleaning and sharpening. Made of durable, sanitary white polyboard.

This is a helpful tool for those with arthritis, limited dexterity and low vision. Get more information on the Cutting Board with Pivot Knife or visit www.MaxiAids.com to view more items to help those with special needs live more independently.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Big Button 40dB Amplified Corded Speakerphone


This phone offers big buttons with bold black numbers for easy dialing, a 40dB amplified handset and a large bright red flashing LED that signals incoming calls. Plus, it's hearing aid compatible. It's a great choice for those with low vision and those with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Features include: Oversized buttons measure 1.25". Bold black printed numbers measure .75". 2-Way Speakerphone with volume control. Volume control on receiver for handset. Receiving volume gain: 40dB. Hearing aid compatible. 10 two-touch memories for speed dialing. 2 one-touch emergency speed dialing. Red 911 Emergency Key.

Get more information on the Big Button 40dB Amplified Corded Speakerphone

Thursday, September 2, 2010

MaxiSee TV Glasses by Reizen Help You See the TV Screen More Clearly and Easily


Maximize the size of TV screens and view other objects that are at least 10 feet away more easily with MaxiSee TV Glasses by Reizen. These hands-free eyeglass style binoculars provide 2.1x magnification and feature a wide 20-degree field of vision. Designed for watching TV, they're also great for going to the movies, the theatre, sporting events, etc.

MaxiSee TV Glasses give the user the ability to focus each eye separately, allowing compensation for difference in vision between the eyes, as well as for any changes in the future. Lightweight, durable frames with molded bridge are comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Scratch-resistant lenses. Comes in handy storage box.

Get more information on MaxiSee TV Glasses by Reizen or visit www.MaxiAids.com to see more products for independent living.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Obrira Designates MaxiAids and SeeMore Vision Exclusive Distributors of Their Precision Optical Products

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living Products for Independent Living and their SeeMore Vision Aiding Products division dealing to eye-care professionals have been chosen by European-based Obrira to distribute their precision optical products.

See the full press release here: Obrira Chooses MaxiAids/SeeMore for Distribution

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Living Independently in a Dorm: MaxiAids' Must-Have Items for the Special Needs College Student


FARMINGDALE, NY, August 04, 2010 - Sending your child off to college and not sure what they need? You're not alone. "This time of year we get a lot of calls from parents planning for their kids' freshman year," says Elliot Zaretsky, president and founder of MaxiAids Products for Independent Living, a leading supplier of items for those with special needs. "And they're often worried about how their children will handle being away from home."

There is good news for concerned parents. "We have many items that can help young adults with special needs adjust more quickly and easily to dorm life," Mr. Zaretsky explains. "These items can help students live more independently and give parents peace of mind of knowing their children are prepared for to live on their own."

When the student arrives at the dorm, the first thing they'll want to do is orient themselves with their new surroundings. Braille, tactile and voice labeling kits give the Blind and visually impaired a way of marking books, food packaging and personal items for easy identification. The Portable Tactile Labeling Kit(item #204352; $14.75) is a handy kit for creating peel off Braille and raised letter labels. The Audible and Tactile Marking System (item #206215; $199.95) has a full range of labels, plus includes a Reizen Braille Hand Labeler and the Voxcom III Voice Labeling System.

You'll want a reliable alarm clock to help get up and out to class on time. The iTalk Voice Activated Talking Alarm Clock (item #709705; $47.95) has a large 2" LCD and can be set using only voice commands. The Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock (item #SBB500SS; $42.70) offers a loud volume (adjustable to 113dB) and a supercharged bed shaker to help the deaf, hard of hearing and the deepest of sleepers wake up for class.

To help with studies, there are a variety of large print and talking calculators, from the Reizen 12-Digit Talking Calculator (item #752156; $9.95) all the way up to the Talking Scientific Calculator (752300B; $325.00). Merriam Webster's Speaking Collegiate Dictionary (471840; $121.95) keeps 500,000 spoken definitions at your fingertips.

For the classroom the Olympus Digital Voice Recorder with Voice Guidance (303740; $149.99) makes it easy to record lectures and play them back later on so students don't miss any important material. With up to 533 hours of recording time, it records and plays back MP3, WMA and WAV format books, music and podcasts.

The full-featured Extreme Reader Text-to-Speech Reader - Low Vision Version (item #801030; $3,600.00) allows students to scan and hear text or view documents in a large font on the included 19" monitor. It's an invaluable tool for Blind and low vision students to easily access all necessary textbooks and other materials for studies in their dorm.

The portable Maggie Handheld Electronic Magnifier (item #606346; $198.00) offers 4 levels of magnification (4x, 6x, 8x and 11x) on a 3.0" color LCD to see text more clearly, all in the approximate dimensions of a credit card that's easy to take with you.

Going out and about? Know exactly where you're going with Kapten (item #304504; $398.95), the first ever ultra-compact, 100% voice interactive GPS navigational system. Unlike other GPS systems, the tiny palm-sized Kapten has no screen - it responds to your voice commands. And while you're out, Money Talks Money Identifier (item #703550; $139.95) helps the blind and those with low vision accurately handle money by announcing denominations of US currency inserted into it.

"Parents know that, as nervous as they may be, in the end it's a good thing that their kids will be learning to be more independent," concludes Mr. Zaretsky. "And I'm happy that MaxiAids can help make that transition as easy as possible."

Above is just a sampling of the thousands of items MaxiAids has for those with special needs. Visit www.MaxiAids.com or call 1-800-522-6294 to learn what else is available to help college students, or anyone, live more independently.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Colors and Shapes Memory Match: Blind-Accessible Version with Braille Cards


Colors and Shapes Memory Match Challenge Cards help players boost color and shape recognition skills and learn color and shape words with a fast-paced memory matching game. Plus, in this special modified set the cards show both the color and shape in raised Braille, making them accessible to blind students.

Versatile, game-like activities extend learning and add fun to skill practice and review. Activities adapt to a range of skill levels. Great for teachers, parents, and caregivers for use in the classroom, at home and on the go. For pre-kindergarten to 4th grade, ages 3 and up. Set includes 56 durable full color Brailled cards per pack. Cards measure 3-1/8" x 5 1/4".

Click on the product name above for information or ordering. To see other products for the blind, visit http://www.MaxiAids.com or call 1-800-522-6294.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Reizen Braille Jumbo Print Playing Cards


Reizen Braille Jumbo Print Playing Cards feature large (more than 1/2") print that's easier to read for those with low vision. Raised Braille markings on two corners show the face values, making them accessible to blind players. These poker-sized cards measure 2.5" x 3.5". Made of 100-percent plastic. Single Deck: 52 cards (plus 2 Jokers). Cards come in attractive storage boxes. Color may vary (Blue or Red). Product Measurements (Boxed): 3.75" x 2.75" x 1.375". Item #402005. Price: $6.95.


For more information, visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ or call 1-800-522-6294.

Friday, July 16, 2010

iBill Talking Money Identifier


The iBill Talking Money Identifier gives the blind and visually impaired greater independence by providing means to identify the bills that they use to pay, and the change they receive in stores, restaurants, etc. The user simply inserts the end of the paper currency into a slot and presses a button. The iBill announces the amount on the currency in a female voice. Compact and lightweight, it's easy to take with you.

The iBill recognizes all US paper currency in circulation and announces denominations in a female voice. It's easy to operate with just two buttons and uses one AAA battery (included.) Measures only 3.0” x 1.6” x 0.7”. Item #709876. Price : $99.00

Visit www.MaxiAids.com or call 1-800-522-6294 to order.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Good Morning America Segment on Products for Seniors Highlights Many of MaxiAids Best-Selling Products

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living carries many of the products featured in the Good Morning America segment called Gadgets for Seniors: Best Gear for the 60+ that aired Tuesday, July 13, 2010 on ABC television. Below are a variety of the items shown today that can be viewed and purchased at www.MaxiAids.com:

Sony Reader Touch Edition: Portable Digital Book. Easy, Convenient Reading for Those with Low Vision. Thinner, smaller and lighter than most magazines. Adjustable font size. Store up to 350 books (or more w/expandable memory). 6-in. touchscreen display makes navigation a breeze, letting you turn pages with the swipe of a finger. Stylus offers freehand highlighting and annotation. Supports ePub and PDF files. Enjoy books from the eBook Store from Sony and over one million free public domain titles from Google Books. PC and Mac compatible. 0.4” thin. Weighs 10 oz. Item #307505. Price: $398.95

Keys-U-See Large Print Keyboard - Yellow Keys with Black Print. See the keys on your computer more easily! This Keys-U-See Large Print Keyboard has been designed specifically for those with conditions that cause low vision, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. You'll benefit from more accurate keystrokes, making your time spent on the computer more efficient and enjoyable. Item #809529. Price: $37.95. (Also available with black keys/white print and white keys/black print.)

Uniden Loud And Clear Cordless Answering System. Great for Those with Mild Hearing Loss. This cordless phone system is hearing aid compatible and delivers up to 20 decibels of amplification. The voice prompts guide you in English, Spanish or French.
Store up to 70 names; 30 name or number caller ID memory. Talking caller ID and speakerphone. Bright visual flashers on the base and handset. Expandable up to 6 handsets. Item#: 302997. Your Price : $74.95

Geemarc Multifunction Amplified Big Button Speakerphone - 35dB. Hear Conversations Clearly and Dial More Easily. This is a perfect phone for the hard of hearing as well as those with low vision. Receiving volume can be amplified up to 35dB and oversized 1” square buttons that are easy to see and dial. Other features include tone control for voice clarity, a speakerphone and a bright visual ring indicator strobe. Hearing aid compatible. Item #200124. Price: $99.95.

Jitterbug J - The Simple Cell Phone: Graphite. Great for Low Vision, Hard of Hearing and Seniors. Offers a backlit keypad with big buttons and a bright display with a large font size that's easy to see. Its exceptional sound quality with reduced background noise gives you clearer calls. Adjustable handset amplification up to 101dB and ringer up to 110dB. T4 Rated: least possible interference for T-Coil hearing aid wearers. Item #300213. Price: $99.00. Also available in white and red.

Sonic Alert Alarm Clock with Dual Alarm Clock. Never Oversleep Again! Bedside alarm clock with an extra large 1.8” easy-to-read display and bed shaker that’s great for the hearing impaired. Dual alarms for multiple alarm setting capability. Loud 113db alarm with adjustable tone and volume control. Powerful 12-volt bed shaker. Hi/low dimmer switch. 9 minute snooze. Battery backup to maintain the proper time in the event of a power outage. Requires 9-volt battery (not included). Item #SB375SS. Price: $59.70.

Moshi Voice-Activated Talking Alarm Clock - Full Original Size. Talk to This Clock and It Will Answer You. This voice-controlled clock can be set and operated using only voice commands. Say one of 12 Voice Activated Commands and the clock will announce the data you have requested, including time, date and temperature. You can also program the alarm (with choice of chime, chirp or bell) and set the Sleep Sound (choose water, birds or waterfall) using your voice only. Item #704895. Price: $44.95.

Ring-Pen - Anti Fatigue Writing Pen - Great for Arthritics: Blue. The no grip pen- Easy and comfortable writing! Write for longer periods of time without fatigue using this ergonomic ball point pen. Simply put your finger through the ring and write normally. Your finger rests comfortably, no gripping, so your hand is much more relaxed. The Ring Pen promotes correct writing posture and makes writing easier, faster and more fluent. Blue ink. Item #73507. Price: $9.95.
To see any of the above items, or thousands of other products to help seniors live more independently, visit www.MaxiAids.com or call MaxiAids at 1-800-522-6294 to speak to one of our trained customer service representatives.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mildred Frank, Innovator of Products to Help the Blind Live More Independently, Dies at 92

We at MaxiAids were saddened to hear of the death of Mildred Frank this past Friday, June 25. Mrs. Frank overcame vision challenges and learned skills that allowed her to live independently as a blind woman, then devoted herself to helping other blind and visually impaired individuals do the same.

“I spoke to Mildred regularly. She was always thinking about how to make things easier for the blind, and would propose new ideas and improvements on existing products.”
said Elliot Zaretsky, president and founder of MaxiAids Products for Independent Living, who produced and distributed numerous items conceived by Mrs. Frank. “I loved hearing from her. Whenever we spoke, something positive resulted.”

Mrs. Frank and MaxiAids teamed up to produce numerous items designed to help the blind and those with low vision live more independently. Her Vision Aide Manual, a blueprint for how family members and caregivers of blind individuals can help set up the optimal environment to promote independent living, became the textbook for a class for caregivers of the blind at Daytona State College in Florida.

She also authored low vision cookbooks, and developed the Audible and Tactile Marking System, a kit that includes Braille, tactile and low vision labels, a Braille labeler, Touch Dots, tactile marking pens, the Vision Aide Manual and countless other items, all in a handy toolbox. “This kit may be the most important product Mildred came up with,” said Mr. Zaretsky. “It’s a tremendous help to the vision impaired and a vital tool in helping set up an independent living environment.”

Another of Mrs. Frank’s ideas that MaxiAids ultimately developed and produced were the Pocket Braille Labelling Kit and the Jumbo Braille Labelling Kit. These compact portable kits provide visually impaired individual a Braille slate, stylus and all the items they need to mark belongings with Braille labels and tags.

“Mildred had a remarkable passion and determination to come up with new ideas that made a difference. I will greatly miss her both personally and professionally,” concluded Mr. Zaretsky. “And the low vision community has lost a great innovator and advocate.”

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

MaxiAids’ Elliot Zaretsky Attends ACLD Dinner Dance, Proposes Web-A-Thon Benefit

Elliot Zaretsky, President of MaxiAids Products for Independent Living, had the opportunity to attend the ACLD (Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities) 2010 Dinner Dance fundraiser on Thursday, June 3. The event was held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY.

“We at MaxiAids are happy to support this very worthy organization,” said Mr. Zaretsky. “Events like this give you a chance to meet the people who dedicate themselves to making ACLD a success.” Among those people is Susan Sha, Chief Financial Officer of ACLD. In a conversation with Ms. Sha, Mr. Zaretsky pledged his continuing support and offered to host a 24-Hour Web-A-Thon at www.MaxiAids.com during which a percentage of the proceeds from all MaxiAids web sales would be donated to ACLD.

ACLD is a leading not-for-profit agency that proudly serves the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. The ACLD mission is to provide the opportunity for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities to pursue enviable lives, increase their independence and improve the quality of their lives.

MaxiAids is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated distributor of products for independent living in the United States. It is the leading supplier of items for the blind, low vision, deaf and hard of hearing, as well as those with mobility challenges and other special needs.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Solo V2 Talking Blood Glucose Management System


Now blind and low vision diabetics can get the benefit of both spoken results and voice guidance in English or Spanish while testing their blood glucose levels. Easy, safe and fully audible, with a feature for everything, the Solo V2 Talking Blood Glucose Management System is extremely sophisticated yet amazingly simple to use. Just insert the test strip, apply blood and get your results. With false low reading prevention and increased accuracy, you'll be completely confident in managing your diabetes. Plus, it audibly guides you through every feature, including set-up and testing, memory and averages and explanations of error messages. It's the perfect blood glucose monitor for anyone who may have difficulty reading the LED read-outs on traditional units. Item #158611. Price: $74.95.

Visit us at www.MaxiAids.com or call 1-800-522-6294 for more information.

Friday, May 7, 2010

RACKO: The Fun, Accessible Card Game for the Blind


Can you rack up the highest score? This numbers race takes a bit of strategy – and a bit of luck! Plus, in this modified version the cards are Brailled making the game accessible to blind and visually impaired players.

As they're dealt, place your RACKO cards in your rack, one by one, and search for a pattern of lows to highs. As you draw new cards – or pick up good discards – use them to replace those in your rack that "break" the sequence. The first player to get all 10 cards in perfect order, from low in front to high at the back, is the winner! Ages 8 to adult. 2 to 4 players. Includes Deck of 60 Brailled RACKO cards, 4 card racks and 1 draw/discard tray.

Go HERE or visit www.MaxiAids.com for more information.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

35x Monocular: View Nature, Sports at a Distance or Magnify Up-Close


The Extreme Close Focus Monocular from Carson Optical offers all the benefits of standard 7x power monoculars plus an extreme close focus of only 10 inches. You'll be able to view details of faraway objects as well as the objects right in front of you. This Monocular is so compact and lightweight you can take it with you anywhere. The Close-Up Monocular is perfect for butterfly viewing or low vision needs. Item #602718. Price: $17.95.

For more information or to place an order, please contact MaxiAids at 1-800-522-6294 or visit www.MaxiAids.com

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New at MaxiAids! Prevail First Quality Incontinence Products

MaxiAids has expanded our line of incontinence products to include Prevail brand first quality protective underwear, briefs, pads and more. To view the entire product line go to www.MaxiAids.com and enter “Prevail” in the search box.

Friday, April 9, 2010

BookSense 2.0: Play Books, Music and Other Digital Files


The portable digital audio book player BookSense2.0 allows all users to access information for education, information, and entertainment, and is especially helpful to the blind and visually impaired. Students can access school textbooks, people in the workplace can stay current with journals or business magazines, and anyone can enjoy newspapers, favorite novels, a bestseller, and even their favorite music. Weighing only four ounces, it is portable, powerful and easily fits into a shirt pocket, backpack, or purse, so you can take it anywhere.

With the BookSense, you can access digital talking books from providers such as the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), BookShare, Audible, and Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D). Simply utilize the USB port to connect to your PC to transfer downloaded books and music to the SD memory card. The book reader on the BookSense supports several file formats, including txt, rtf, doc, docx, html, xml, brl, and brf. Use this feature to read your Microsoft Word documents, including Word 2003 and Word 2007.

It plays audio files, DAISY content, and reads documents. Secured-Digital (SD) memory card slot and a built-in digital recorder are all standard features. The media player supports a variety of formats, such as MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, WAX, M4A, and WMA. Use the media player to listen to your music collection, including music downloaded from Apple iTunes. Comes with a 2GB SD card for storing your DAISY books, music and other digital content. One-year parts and labor warranty (6 months on the battery).

Get more details about BookSense 2.0 or visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ to view more products for the blind and visually impaired.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Maggie: An Electronic Magnifier That Fits in Your Shirt Pocket


The Maggie is an ultra compact handheld electronic magnifier that you can easily slip into most a purses or pockets, and even some wallets! It offers 4 magnification levels: 4x, 6x, 8x and 11x, plus color control allows you to view an image in black/white or choose a color combination to suit your needs. Brightness control lets you adjust for varying lighting conditions, both indoors and out. Freeze allows you to capture an image on the 3.0" wide screen LCD for closer examination.


With 3.5 hours of battery time, you could find yourself checking and reading things for days without needing a re-charge. When it is time to re-charge, use any wall socket or even a computer, notebook, netbook or anything else with a USB port. The included overnight charger, slowly and fully charges your battery for extended life or you can be on your way with a partial charge in just minutes.

Get more details on the Maggie or visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ for more products for those with macular degeneration and other low vision conditions.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sunglasses Can Help Protect Your Eyes and Prevent Macular Degeneration

With the beginning of spring and the first dose of sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures drawing us outside after the cold winter months, our thoughts naturally turn to days spent outside, whether doing yard work, enjoying a pool or laying on a beach. But with numerous outdoor sports and activities slated, it’s also a great time to remember the importance of protecting your eyes with the proper sunglasses.

The government-sponsored initiative Prevent Blindness America and its associated website have published a helpful article called Protect Your Eyes from the Sun which offers some basic information and tips about sunglasses. According to the article, long-term exposure to UV rays can lead to cataracts, macular degeneration, or skin cancer around the eyelids.

Take a few minutes to read the piece, then go to www.MaxiAids.com and see the variety of eye protection we carry. MaxiAids specializes in sunglasses designed to fit over prescription eyeglasses.

Friday, March 19, 2010

MaxiAids Exhibiting at 2010 CSUN Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego


MaxiAids is proud to be participating in the California State University, Northridge Center on Disabilities’ 25th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference. This year’s conference runs from March 22-27 and is being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA.

At CSUN, MaxiAids will be exhibiting a selection of items from our extensive line of over 7,000 product offerings. On display will be our Reizen Atomic and Water-Resistant Talking Watches, Coil Magnifiers and Keys-U-See Large Print Keyboards. See how the TADI Electronic Personal Organizer, VoiLa Voice Labeling System and Reizen Braille Labeler can keep you organized, while the Kapten Voice-Interactive GPS Navigational System helps you reach your destination safely.

We are also pleased that Sal Terranova from Guerilla Technologies will be joining us at our booth (#323) to preview and demonstrate 2 new products: The Rave - an ultralight (only 1.5-lb.) OCR reading machine with a 5.0 mega pixel mini stand-alone camera; and Ultima - an 18x magnifying low vision and reading machine with currency identification capability plus touchscreen and keypad navigation. You won’t want to miss them!

So, come down and visit us at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel at One Market Place. For directions, please call the hotel directly at 619-232-1234. The Exhibit Hall is FREE and the hours are as follows:

Wednesday, March 24, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday, March 25, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday, March 26, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, March 27, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

We’ll be at Booth 323. Just click http://csunconference.org/index.cfm?EID=80000218&p=152&page=exLocation&LGECID=500387&hallID=1008&boothnumber=323&ECTID=0 to view a map of the exhibit hall. Our booth is highlighted in gray. We look forward to seeing you there!

To view more of MaxiAids’ products for independent living, visit our website at http://www.maxiaids.com/store/default.asp or contact us to request a copy of our latest catalog. MaxiAids, 42 Executive Blvd. Farmingdale, NY 11735 (800) 522-6294, Fax: (631) 752-0689. Email: sales@maxiaids.com. Visit us at: http://www.maxiaids.com/

Friday, March 12, 2010

Product Highlight: iTalk Reminder Assistant Voice Activated Clock - Spoken Alarms Help You Remember Important Tasks


The iTalk Reminder Assistant is a voice-activated clock that allows you to record up to 10 reminders for important events or tasks. Use it to remember medicine doses, doctor's appointments, business meetings and household things to do. At the same time it doubles as a voice-activated bedside alarm clock. This reminder clock is great for everyone, and particularly helpful for the blind and those with Alzheimer's or dementia.

It's easy to use: Simply talk to iTalk in your normal voice to record reminders, set the alarm, ask for the current time or today's date, and more. Record up to 10 reminders, each 6 seconds long, for today only, every day or any day of the week. Record any message you like, for example: "Take medication now" or "Dentist appointment today" to sound at whatever time you like. A loud reminder alarm playback sounds at the time you set and repeats until you say "Reminder Off." You can even start your day asking for "today's reminders".

iTalk also doubles as a voice activated bedside alarm clock. Set the time, alarm time and sound and more using only your voice. Choose from 4 alarm sounds or record your own personal voice alarm. AC powered. For more information: iTalk Reminder Assistant

Friday, March 5, 2010

MaxiAids' Web-A-Thons Support Special Needs Organizations

(by Guest Blogger Karin Danza, MaxiAids Marketing Dept.)

The phrase "Web-a-Thon" means a fundraiser that is done on the web. It is a website telethon complete with banners and links for the donator to view. It is done with an online purchase and part of the sales proceeds go to the organization. Most of these organizations are non-profit and need support and donations.

MaxiAids, a leader in products for independent living, has been a strong supporter of organizational involvement and an active participant in helping these organizations to achieve their goals.

MaxiAids launched their first Web-a-Thon in November of 2009 for The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. We partnered to develop this innovative program to leverage its ability to reach a large audience of people to help raise money for their cause. This exposure also helped to raise awareness.

The Web-a-Thon was a huge success and marked a whole new direction for MaxiAids, one which we are eager to continue to pursue. We were able to help raise revenue for both our organizations. We now host monthly Web-a-Thons.

MaxiAids hosts for organizations a 24 hour Web-a-Thon where our customers can purchase products through a securely monitored, and safe transaction website. At the end of the 24 hour period 10% of the proceeds from the sales are donated to that organization.

MaxiAids promotes Web-a-Thons through front-page text links on the main site (www.maxiaids.com). The banner and link connect our customers directly to the organization for more information.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Web-A-Thon to Benefit Braille Institute


MaxiAids, in our continuing efforts to support those with special needs, is holding a 24-Hour Web-A-Thon to benefit Braille Institute. We have committed to donate to Braille Institute a portion of the proceeds of web purchases made all day long (from 12:00am to 11:59pm) on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. This is a great opportunity for MaxiAids and its customers to team up and contribute to a truly worthy cause.

Braille Institute is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate barriers to a fulfilling life caused by blindness and severe sight loss. We provide an environment of hope and encouragement for people who are blind or visually impaired through integrated educational, social and recreational programs and services. Founded in 1919, we currently serve more than 75,000 people each year through our five Regional Centers and more than 350 Community Outreach locations throughout Central and Southern California.

Braille Institute is operated and funded almost entirely through private individual and foundation sources. Generous donors, community partners and the tireless efforts of more than 4,000 volunteers enable our staff of experts to provide training, programs and services completely free of charge.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Protect Your Eyes From the Elements with Cocoons Polarized Sunwear


As February, Prevent Blindness America’s Low Vision Awareness Month comes to a close, we highlight eyewear designed for those who wear prescription eyeglasses.

The Cocoons Mini Slim MS model is part of the Live Eyewear family of OveRx specialty sunwear. OveRx sunglasses are designed to be worn over prescription eyewear, completely isolating the eyes from the elements, allowing them to remain relaxed and focused.

Featuring Polare polarized scratch resistant lenses, Cocoons will eliminate harsh glare and block 100% of harmful UV rays. Package includes a custom soft neoprene case and large lens cloth. Wear over prescription frames not exceeding 126mm wide x 36mm high (4-7/8” x 1-3/8”). Item #252415. Cost: $44.95

Visually Impaired Canadian Skier Competes in Olympics

Brian McKeever is living his dream competing in the Olympics. The visually impaired Canadian cross-country skier says that the key to achieving great things is finding something that you have fun doing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHJtwjtRQlY

Winter Storm Doesn’t ‘Freeze’ MaxiAids’ Service


MaxiAids is here to serve you… even though the snow plows didn’t make it! Amid driving snow and accumulations expected to be upwards of 18 inches, MaxiAids Products for Independent Living remains open for those in the special needs communities.

Long Island is currently getting nailed with its second major snowstorm in the past weeks. But despite the fact that snow plows hadn’t yet made it to many areas (including the employee parking lot), MaxiAids’ staff this morning braved icy roads covered by as much as a foot of snow and made their way into work.

“We know that those with special needs depend upon us for the items they need to go about their daily lives,” says MaxiAids’ founder and president Elliot Zaretsky, “and we take that responsibility very seriously. We want everyone to know that we’re here for them.”

The above photo shows how MaxiAids’ Farmingdale, NY corporate office and call center looked this morning as employees began to arrive to work.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Watch TV While Lying Down... Without Neck Strain


Reizen Prism Bed Spectacles allow you watch television or read while lying down in bed without neck strain. The lenses are prisms that change the normal line of sight without any distortion. Just lay down in bed, put on the bed spectacles and you’ll be able to view the book or TV screen as though it was directly in front of you. They're great for the bedridden, those in the hospital or anyone who enjoys watching TV while lying in bed, and can even be worn over prescription eyeglasses.


Reizen Prism Bed Spectacles come in a 2-tone brown tortoise shell pattern. Dimensions: 5-3/8” x 1-1/4”. Includes carry case with Velcro closure and belt loop. The cost is $27.25 a pair and they are only available at MaxiAids. (item #950002)

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Next Generation Perkins Brailler: Consistent Reliable Brailling in a Lightweight, Stylish Design




Write high quality Braille with less effort! The Next Generation Perkins Brailler creates consistent, superior quality Braille. It takes the functionality and reliability you’ve come to expect from previous Perkins Braillers and adds convenience features that make it even easier to use and take with you.

Easier to hold and carry, and 25 % lighter than the Classic Perkins Brailler, the new model is quieter, with reduced keystroke noise and an audible, but muted end-of-line bell. Its Gentle Touch Keys require less force to strike, plus keys are lower and easier to reach.

The Next Generation Perkins Brailler is available in your choice of 2 colors: midnight blue (item #22010) and raspberry red (22010R). For more information about Perkins Brailler or other products for the blind and visually impaired, click on one of the colors in the last sentence, go to http://www.maxiaids.com/, or call to speak to a MaxiAids customer service representative at 1-800-522-6294.

Monday, February 8, 2010

MaxiAids Hosts Blind and Deaf Students for Vocational Training Program

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 items: from Braille watches for the blind to alerting devices for the deaf – from magnifiers for those with low vision (including macular degeneration) 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 the MaxiAids workforce. They also participate in the assembly of products that ultimately go to children like themselves (or adults) who have a special need.

Friday, February 5, 2010

February is AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration)/Low Vision Awareness Month


Macular degeneration is a leading cause of vision loss, affecting 1.6 million Americans age 50 and older, according to Prevent Blindness America. The month of February has been designated AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month to help bring attention to AMD (Age-related macular degeneration.)

For those affected by macular degeneration and other low vision conditions, there are numerous solutions available. MaxiAids has a large variety of products that can help those experiencing vision loss continue to live active, independent and enjoyable lives.

Handheld, stand and electronic magnifiers bring newspapers, magazines, favorite books and family photos into focus again. Screen reading and magnification software improves efficiency and makes surfing the web fun again. Low vision lamps provide natural lighting that reduces glare and enhances contrast for optimal reading and writing comfort.

Big button phones and calculators make it easy to keep in touch and take the strain out of simple tasks at home or in the office. Talking clocks and low vision watches make waking up and keeping on schedule a breeze.

Whether you have macular degeneration or another condition resulting in vision loss, or are looking to assist a friend or family member with low vision, we encourage you to click on one of the above links, visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ or call 1-800-522-6294 to see how we can help.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Coil 5x Sliding Pocket Magnifier: Yours FREE with $75.00 Purchase at MaxiAids


The Coil 5x Sliding Pocket Magnifier from http://www.maxiaids.com/ 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 30mm (approx. 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.


When you’re done using the magnifier, simply push in the ends of the built-in retractable case to close it. The lens will stay clean and protected until you’re ready to use it again. Fits easily in almost any pocket. Made of durable polystyrene plastic. Clear lens. Blue case. Measures 3-1/2” x 1-3/4” x 3/8”.


Get the Coil 5x Sliding Pocket Magnifier FREE with your purchase of $75.00 or more. Visit http://www.maxiaids.com/ for more information.