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Discover the latest innovations in the low-vision, low-hearing, and mobility industry, as well as those must-have products to enhance your day-to-day life. Our Independent-Living Blog will help make daily life a little less of a struggle and a bit more pleasurable with assistive products, suggestions, and advice. MaxiAids Helps You Do It . . . Yourself™
13 February, 2019

Teach your Kids Sign Language with MaxiAids Flash cards, DVDs, Books & More

Teaching your kids American Sign Language (ASL) is extremely beneficial to their overall education, considering ASL is a universal language. Children can start learning at home as early as six months, or until their hand control is developed enough, in order to get a head start on ASL teachings when they go to school.

One of the many benefits of teaching children American Sign Language while simultaneously learning English is they will utilize both sides of their brain. Educational Playcare states research proves when children learn sign language at a young age it can have positive effects such as speeding up their speech development, increasing bonding between parents and children, allowing babies to communicate information before they can verbally speak, which gives them a way to express themselves before they can speak, thus leading to reduction in frustration in young children.

As your one-stop-shop for deaf aids and products, MaxiAids offers the lowest prices on the largest selection of American Sign Language aids such as flash cards, DVDs, books and more.

Teaching and Learning

The ASL House Flash Cards teach signs and vocabulary for items found in the kitchen and can be used for English or Spanish or Sign Language vocabulary development.

A Basic Course In American Sign Language

A Basic Course in American Sign Language, written by Tom Humphries and Carol Padden, features nearly 1,000 vocabulary items, illustrations, brief explanations and examples of some basic structures of American Sign Language.

Baby Signing Time Vol3 - A New Day DVD

Baby Signing Time Vol. 3 – A New Day is part of the Baby Signing Time Series is created specifically for babies as young as 3 months old up to 3 years and sets your baby's day to music with signs for everyday things in your baby's world: nature, weather, following directions, and more. 

American Manual Alphabet Poster

The American Manuel Alphabet Poster allows kids to practice their fingerspelling by signing along the images on the poster and it’s perfect for any age group learning ASL.

The Gallaudet Childrens Dictionary Of American Sign Language

The Gallaudet Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language with DVD has more than 1,000 ASL sign drawings arranged alphabetically by English terms, plus delightful color illustrations for each sign. It also comes with a complete index of English terms for each sign, including synonyms.

First Signs On A Ring

First Signs on a Ring is a fun and new way to learn American Sign Language! Simply tilt the cards from left to right to see how to make signs. By tilting the cards, it allows you to see two images on one card.

We have the lowest prices on the largest selection of hearing products, including hearing impaired telephones, hearing aid batteries and devices for the deaf and hard of hearing. Shop our deaf store for more.

28 January, 2019

20 Gift Ideas to show your love this Valentine's Day

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At MaxiAids, we pride ourselves on offering solutions all year 'round that add accessibility and enhance the lives of everyone we serve.  Show your love with some of these thoughtful gifts that help those with low vision, blindness, low hearing, mobility issues and other physical disabilities.  We offer many helpful, useful and fun gift ideas for the loved ones in your life that will put a smile on their face this Valentine's Day, and every day!

Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock Black

Give your sweetheart a little wake up jolt with an extra-loud vibrating alarm clock that will wake them and shake them!  This stylish hot pink or black heart-shaped design is perfect for your Valentine, and they will never miss an appointment or a special date! 

Tic Tac Toe Tactile Wooden Game

Give some hugs and kisses-- and XOXOs to someone you love.  This is a tactile wooden board game ideal for blind or low vision players.  Spend special moments together this Valentine's Day and all year long with board games that are fun to play. See our other games for the blind and low vision for 2 or more players.

4 Piece Pasta Pot Set 6 Quart and 2 Quart

How about a set of red hot colored cooking pots for the special chefs in your life?  This set includes two pots with lids that work as strainers and are very functional to do the job right.  Add some pasta, olive oil and beverage of choice to create a fun themed gift for a delicious Valentine's Day meal

Lil Lucy Power Pocket Light The Larry 8 LED Pocket Work Light Red

The Lil Lucy is a power pocket light to carry whenever and wherever she needs a bit of extra light--a compact little light that will brighten her day. The Larry C - LED Pocket Work Light with a rotating magnetic clip gives him convenient hands-free lighting by attaching to virtually anything.

Natural 5x-1x Lighted Makeup Mirror Black

With natural lighting and dual-sided  5x/1x magnification, this makeup mirror will sure to be a hit with her all year long. It's helpful for putting in contacts, applying makeup, and for accurate color-matching. Pair up with some red hot lipstick for Valentine's Day (sold separately elsewhere).  

Talking Photo Album Personalized Voice Recorded Messages Talking Photo Album Personalized Voice Recorded Messages

Fill this 20 page album with pictures of family members and loved ones with audible captions for a memorable Valentine's Day gift.  An album that he or she will treasure for years to come! 

Reminder Rosie Talking Alarm Clock with Personalized Voice Reminders

With Reminder Rosie, you can record and set up to 25 personalized living reminders by day, week, date or annually.  Personalized reminders are always nice when they're recorded for someone you love by someone they love!  

Jewelry Jewelry

Say "I Love You" Hand-Shaped Medallion with Heart and Chain or heart charm bangle. See our other ASL jewelry to choose from for that special someone in your life.   

Wheelchair Blanket with Pockets Non Slippery Burgundy

Give the luxury of a cuddly blanket for those in wheelchairs.  Cover them in a warm and cozy burgundy colored blanket that tapers at the bottom to avoid wheels, and has hand warmers for extra warmth and comfort.

4 LED Camping Lamp

Light up their lives with a battery lantern that's ideal for power outages, camping trips, and around the home inside and out.  A bright red Valentine colored lantern that you just can't miss!  

Sleep Sound Therapy System with 24 Sounds Sleep Sound

How about the gift of relaxation and a good night's sleep?  The Sound Oasis Sleep Sound Therapy System features 24 clinically proven sounds from world renowned doctors and the world's finest authentic nature sounds-- ideal for improving sleep, blocking noise, and managing tinnitus.  See our other sleep sound machines with choices of nature sounds to enhance a calming, meditative mood that will lull your loved ones into a deep sleep or to help them relax and unwind. 

LED Lighted Wallet Magnifier 2s-6x bifocal

Handy, compact, lighted magnifiers for a pocket or purse.  Get a clearer view of fine print, store price tags, product labels, and menus in dimly lit restaurants (ideal for a Valentine's dinner out).  This is a useful gift that will be appreciated by all that suffer from low vision. See our other compact handheld or hands free magnifiers.   

Ladies Talking Watch with Rhinestone Bezel and Expansion Band English Ladies Touch Talking Watch

Give the gift of "time" to your Valentine!  This beautifully designed Ladies Tel-Time Talking Analog Watch with rhinestone bezel offers time and alarm announcement in a clear male voice. Ladies' touch talking watch announces time with just a touch of the watch face. Choose from many different styles and colors. 

Reizen Big Face Talking Atomic Watch with Silver Expansion Band Watches

Good looking watches for the handsome men in your life!  Big Face Talking Atomic Watches with leather or silver expansion band announces time, day and date and even sets itself!   Time is announced in a clear male voice at the simple touch of a button. We provide many other watches for the blind, low vision, and hearing impaired. 

HappyLight Liberty 10k Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp HappyLight Liberty 10k Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp

Energy lamps help to improve mood, increase happiness, energy level and concentration.  A great light therapy gift for those you love who need an extra boost of light, energy and a happy feeling.  This mood lamp is ideal for wintertime use or for those who spend a lot of their time indoors. A perfect gift for someone you love.  

Aurora Midnight Oil Fitover Sunglasses Polarvue Gray Sunglasses

Wraparound sunglasses are impact-resistant and styled to hide your eyeglasses so that it appears you are only wearing sunglasses; gives 100-percent protection from the sun's harmful UVA and UVB light rays.  Choose from many different sunglasses for a perfect gift this Valentine's day.

Panasonic Ladies Wet Dry Electric Shaver with Bikini Attachment Wet and Dry Cordless Electric Razor

Panasonic Ladies Wet-Dry Electric Shaver with Bikini Attachment can be used in shower or bath with lather - use dry anytime, anywhere. Have the men in your life enjoy a close, comfortable wet or dry shave for that smooooooooth, freshly shaved feeling! 

Ottlite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base Black Ottlite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White Ottlite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White

The ultimate mood lighting! Base glows in the choice of color, allowing your mood to choose the lighting or let it cycle continuously through the entire 256-color spectrum.  Helps see details clearly and reduce glare and eyestrain with its natural daylight LED illumination-- a unique gift to set the mood just right. An ideal charging station as well! 

Salton 1 Cup Coffee Brewer White Salton 1 Cup Coffee Brewer Black

Brew up some lovin' with a single cup coffee maker with included mug.  Compact one cup coffee brewer is perfect for small spaces.  Add a favorite brand of coffee (and some Valentine cookies) along with this coffee brewer and put a smile on your Valentine's face!  

Picture Care Phone 40dB Amplification with Parallel Dialing

This is a thoughtful gift for aging parents, grandparents, or those who have difficulty making calls. Put a photo of the 10 most frequently called people on the phone, program their numbers in, and just push the photocall button and the picture. It's that easy to have them connect to those they love. At the flip of a switch you may also choose to have 10 one-touch keys for picture dialing ONLY. (This feature is great for those who aren't able to dial out telephone numbers.)  

Hearts Card Game Neighborhood Helpers Flash Cards

Use these cards to play the classic Hearts card game, or you can use them as educational flash cards for children. The jumbo size of the Hearts card game means that the whole family can enjoy playing, from children to parents and grandparents who have low vision but want to play with their kids and grandchildren.  This is a fun gift for all your little Valentines.  (Braille version available as well.)

On this Valentine's Day and every day of the year, show your love with products that help enhance the lives of those you love who suffer from blindness, low vision, hearing impairment, and mobility issues.  Search our many items for low vision aids, blind accessories, low vision products, products for the blind and visually impaired, mobility products and more   

17 January, 2019

Theatre Performances for Blind Audiences

How the Blind experience live theatre shows...

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Blind, vision impaired, and low vision show lovers now have theatre access.  Many playhouses around the country are starting to provide tactile 'on stage' walking tours and audio described performances during a live show.

A pre-show tour may include walking on the stage, feeling the set and props, meeting the actors and touching the costumes.  Touch tours before a show give those with sight impairment opportunities to touch and feel the textured costumes, wigs, explore the sets hands on, and talk with the actors, getting a feel of what is on the stage and how the performers are dressed.  This provides a mental visualization and sets up the story for the live performance. 

Audio described shows are used with headsets so the blind or visually impaired can hear the audio describers provide a live descriptive scenario of the visual components of the performance in-between the dialogues of the performing actors.  Audio descriptions give detailed explanations of scenes and set changes through the headsets.  Select performances will provide specially trained describers who verbalize what is happening on stage during pauses in dialogue.  Individuals listen through a receiver with a single earpiece, keeping them informed throughout the show.  Some theatres invite their sight impaired audience to come on stage after a show and have an instructed dance with the performers.

When researching for accessible live plays, it's good to know what theatres provide these individual services depending on the disability challenges.  There are many symbols to look for when trying to book show tickets.  Some of these include Open and Closed Captioning, Audio Description Live and Pre-recorded, Hearing Loop Systems and Hearing Assistive Listening Devices, Autism Friendly, Sign Language and Wheelchair Accessible.  The Broadway theatre district, as well as theatres and playhouses in other states, are now starting to offer more and more accessibility to their audiences, so everyone can enjoy the show!  http://theatreaccess.nyc/how-it-works

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MaxiAids has many products to help enhance independence and accessibility so you or your loved ones can enjoy activities and entertainment to the fullest!   Explore our products for the blind, low vision aids, blind accessories, and products for the visually impaired. For the hearing impaired there are products to choose from including hearing amplification devices and hearing aids.  

08 January, 2019

Importance of Self-Expression and Creativity when faced with Disabilities

At MaxiAids we love to offer products, suggestions, tips and solutions that are specifically designed to assist those with special needs while promoting a healthy, active and independent lifestyle. We specialize in product solutions for the Blind, Visually Impaired, those with Low Vision, the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Disabled, Seniors (Elderly), Children, and the Special Needs of those with Medical Conditions. Our goal is to bring you the best products available, including the latest innovations to help you live every day to the fullest!

Offering ideas and creative solutions on how to make one's life as fulfilling as possible both physically and mentally when faced with physical challenges is an important and integral part of what we strive to do.      

In everyday life, creative pursuits can prove to be very valuable to people with sight impairment, hearing impairment and other physical disabilities. To some, it even becomes a new life force, allowing them to navigate through difficult or challenging days with greater ease and a sense of purpose.  That can mean anything that stimulates the mind and energizes the body; creative writing, photography, music, drama, dance, pottery, art, painting, etc. Creative people who have outlets that they can indulge in are proven to be happier than others without.  The importance of a creative activity can certainly improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, and to help cope with a physical illness or disability.

Art is especially helpful in releasing negative thoughts and emotions by challenging the negative energy in a more productive and creative method.  With the help of any art form, they can feel more peaceful, express themselves more freely, and improve and enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being. With the aim to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase self-esteem and self-awareness, having a creative outlet helps increase both physical and emotional health in a positive way.

Communication through art

Many people with disabilities can have trouble communicating.  Art, music and creativity helps those express themselves when communication is challenging. For a person who cannot speak, a dance performance may clearly communicate even the most complex message.  For a person who has limited mobility, singing with emotion may provoke a direction toward a state of clarity and joy.

Through self-expression, one can immerse themselves in a creative activity that stimulates and energizes the mind, combats depression, and help to feel more in control of one's life.  Art provides people with disabilities the opportunity to create something uniquely their own, which is empowering.

A new sense of purpose

In the center of an art market in Brooklyn New York, a young woman was selling her handmade jewelry.  Her booth also displayed stuffed, handmade miniature owl pillows of all colors and design. These whimsical owls were so original and captivating.  The young woman mentioned her 85 year old disabled Grandmother in Texas had individually sewn each owl pillow and shipped them to her granddaughter to sell.  Creating these owls gave her grandmother a new sense of purpose and happiness, adding a welcoming new excitement into her life.  This project has since motivated her to create newer designs for her granddaughter to sell.

An outlet to express emotions

The Universal language of art unites people of all ages and (dis)abilities, stemming back thousands of years when people's natural desire to express themselves have been through art and creative outlets.  "The human impulse to create art is universal. Art has been a way to communicate beliefs and express ideas about the human experience throughout all stages of civilization and in every region of the world..."  Annenberg Foundation, 2014

Creating self-expression and joy in one's life is important to health and mental well-being.  We as humans learn to release negative thoughts and emotions by putting these emotions into productive and creative venues.  Perhaps learning a new instrument, singing, dancing, writing, acting, painting, sewing, sculpting, even cooking and baking are great creative outlets.  For those with mobility issues, sight or hearing impairment, there are many choices to immerse one's self into a world of artistic expression.

View many of our products at MaxiAids such as hobby lamps, desks and tables, tactile paints, sewing products, communication aids, low vision products, products for the blind and visually impaired, mobility products, and more to enhance a productive, rewarding and creative lifestyle. 

27 December, 2018

New Year's Resolutions for 2019 from MaxiAids

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All of us at MaxiAids would like to wish you a healthy and happy New Year. To make sure we start off 2019 just right, here are a few New Year's Resolutions to try to live by.... Below are ways we can help you stick to your New Year's Resolutions and healthy habits, and we hope that these suggested tips make a positive difference both this year and beyond.

New Year's Resolution: STAY ACTIVE

Resolution Solution: Portable exercise equipment to keep you moving all year 'round 

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Add a little more exercise to your daily living routine.  This may seem like a tough challenge during these long winter months when we're feeling lazy, but spending more time indoors doesn't mean we have to be inactive.  When this happens, you can pick up one of these portable and affordable exercise peddlers or stretch exercise bands that you can use whenever you have a few extra minutes to spare at home, on vacation or even at the office.

New Year's Resolution: THINK POSITIVE

Resolution Solution: Light Therapy

Day Light Classic Plus Light Therapy Happy Light Liberty 10k Natural Spectrum Energy Light

Some people experience bouts of depression during the wintertime, but you can help ease seasonal mood swings and push those winter blues away.  One way to alleviate this is to make sure you surround yourself with plenty of light to combat the shorter days and longer nights. Beat the effects of seasonal changes, jetlag and working odd shifts on the job. Improve your mood, energy level, focus and productivity. There are specialty lamps available that provide much-needed light therapy this time of year, and these lighting solutions can truly help improve your mood and keep you thinking positive in January 2019 and beyond. 

New Year's Resolution: GET ORGANIZED

Resolution Solution: Use Calendars, Clocks and Medication Management Systems for Written and Audiovisual Daily Reminders. With the calendar flipping over to start a new year, now is the perfect time to get rid of the clutter on your desk and give yourself a clean start for 2019. Getting organized may seem like an overwhelming task, but once you take a few steps in the right direction, you'll start to feel a whole lot better about managing important items in your daily life.

Calendars Reminder Rosie Automatic Pill Dispenser

MaxiAids offers amazing organization tools to really keep your life in order. Large print calendars like the 2019 Giant Appointment Calendar can really help you write down and remember important dates for events, meetings and doctor visits, while the Reminder Rosie Talking Alarm Clock with Personalized Voice Reminders enables you, your spouse or your caregiver to set up daily living reminders to help you manage your regular routine and take your medications at the right time.

Speaking of medication management, this is one area that every person should strive to stay organized while heading into a new year. It is extremely important to make sure you take all of your medications at the right time, and this Automatic Pill Dispenser does everything you need to ensure that your medicine is properly and securely delivered to you on time.

New Year's Resolution: GET REST

Resolution Solution: Get a good night's sleep to feel your best. 

Sleep Machines Tinnitus Sleep Therapy Pillows

Getting a good night's sleep is so important to feeling healthy, energetic and happy.  If sleep has become difficult or challenging, look to sleep sound machines and comfort pillows to help you get your Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz's.  Finding the right support and comfort at night will help you get the rest you need.  

New Year's Resolution: EAT HEALTHY

Resolution Solution: Prepare healthy meals with fresh ingredients

Eating right keeps your immune system up and keeps you energized.  It's so habit forming in the winter to be drawn to those high carb "comfort" foods which can easily put on the pounds!  Look to a healthier meal plan and spend those extra indoor hours experimenting with new recipes.  With just the right cooking tools, you will succeed in the kitchen and have fun preparing healthy meals.

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New Year's Resolution: SHOW GRATITUDE

Resolution Solution: Be supportive of others and thank those who help you for their kindness.

Now is the perfect time to reflect on the people who are closest to you, as well as family, friends, caretakers, aids, teachers, coworkers and others who have supported you throughout the past year. Keep a piece of paper and pen with you and whenever you think of someone, list their name on the paper. Write down two or three positive things that you would like to tell them, and when you see them again, share your sentiments with them. This is a wonderful way to start off 2019 on the right foot with all of the people in your life who love and care for you, and they will surely cherish your words of gratitude and encouragement.

We at MaxiAids will continue to strive to help our amazing and loyal customers. We are here to help with all of your needs, and we truly appreciate your continued support.

We wish everyone a Happy New Year, and we are proud to serve you and be there for you in 2019!

Visit www.maxiaids.com to shop the largest selection of low vision products, low vision aids, products for the blind and visually impaired, hearing impaired, and products for independent living at the lowest prices.

13 December, 2018

Fall Prevention Tips for the Holidays

Stay Mindful and "Present" for a safe and happy holiday!

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Throughout this busy holiday month, MaxiAids wants you to be mindful of your every move to avoid unexpected falls and injury.  With so much distraction during the holidays (and other day to day distractions all year 'round), it's important to be aware of your surroundings at all times to prevent falls.  Every step we take can potentially end up in a fall.  When living with a disability, it's so important to be conscious of where we go, what we do and how we go about doing it.  That's why at MaxiAids we want to provide you with suggestions and products to help reduce those chances of hurting yourself.  Accidents happen so quickly, and in seconds a person's life can change.

So what does it really mean to be mindful and present? 

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Mindfulness:  The practice of becoming more fully aware of the present moment...    

Being Present:  Learn to focus completely on doing that one thing. Pay attention to every aspect of what you’re doing...

The importance of these two words can be detrimental to living a safe and accident-free life.  Awareness of your thoughts and actions when faced with challenges such as low vision, mobility issues and hearing loss is essential to your safety. 

As we age or have mobility issues, falls are very common and happen more frequently. That is why it's so important to remove distractions, and stick with one activity at a time.  Multi-tasking when we are busy seems natural, but we put ourselves at risk when doing so.  Besides staying mindful and present, it is also important to eliminate mental and physical interferences as we walk or do chores. 

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There are ways to help prevent falls, and keep your environment safe and clutter free...

  • Keep floors free of objects you can trip over (small vases, plants, storage boxes, low foot rests, shoes, pet products, etc.), remove throw rugs, and hide away electrical cords
  • Keep furniture to a minimum, and have more open space to move around
  • Keep work areas clean and always mop up spills right after they happen
  • Add grab bars where needed; bathroom, hallways, bedrooms
  • Use non-slip mats in showers and bathtubs
  • Wear good support sneakers or shoes with rubber bottoms to prevent slipping
  • Avoid standing on chairs or tables to reach for something; only use sturdy step stools or ladders with handrails
  • Keep hallways, stairways, doorways and walkways well lit
  • Use walking aids to help you when necessary
  • Practice balance exercises (ask your doctor what exercises are safe for you to do to increase better balance and equilibrium)
  • Keep distractions at a minimum
Safety Bar and Rails Grab Bars Duro Med Non Slip Vinyl Shower Mat
Foot Stool with Handrail Wireless Motion Sensing Indoor Step Light Walking Aids

While staying mindful and present in your surroundings, you will notice how focused you will become while walking, getting out of bed, bathing, cooking, etc. Being mindful will keep you safer and give you an overall feeling of relaxation and well-being.

Mindfulness has its many benefits-- helping reduce stress and anxiety, improve listening skills, and increase general happiness. So stay present, be safe, and have a happy holiday with MaxiAids' assistive products, mobility equipment and walkers, low vision aids, blind accessories, products for the blind and visually impaired, and other home safety products to help you live a safe, active, and productive life.   

10 December, 2018

Stylish Protective Sunglasses to Wear on Vacation This Winter

For those who suffer from retinal disease or macular degeneration, protective sunglasses are a requirement for optimal eye health. If your sensitive eyes are exposed to too much light, further damage can be done to your retinal cells.

It can feel like a chore when shopping for protective sunglasses that are both protective and stylish, but MaxiAids has all the protective sunglasses you need that will still allow you to look great while on vacation at the beach this winter.

Are you on the search for stylish low vision sunglasses that will also minimize reflected light and bright glares from horizontal surfaces, protect from harmful UV rays and allow you to see well in bright environments? Don’t stress out before vacation! Browse MaxiAids’ protective eyewear solutions of varying styles, sizes and colors. 

Cocoons Flip-Ups-Square-Gray-Size 58 Noir Large Fitover 53 Percent Light Amber Vistana OveRx Sunglasses- Tortoise-Copper Lens-MS Aurora Sapphire Fit Over Sunglasses - Polarvue

Shop more protective sunglasses for your eyes from top brands including Cocoons, Noir and Vistana fitover sunglasses today!

05 December, 2018

Games for the Holidays

Shop the largest selection of games and recreational items for the blind and visually impaired this holiday season!

4 in a Row Game- Tactile Hi Ho! Cherry-O Counting Game- Braille Alphabet Bingo Games- Braille

Create more holiday fun with family and friends!  MaxiAids offers many tactile and braille games to choose from that are designed for both the blind and sighted so everyone in the family can play. Those who are blind, suffer from low vision and have sight impairment can participate in social games along with their sighted family members and friends, encouraging interactive time together.

Puzzle - On the Level Brainteaser Braille Sudoku Puzzle Game with Board Travel Chess Set for the Blind or Those With Lo...

Choose from a huge selection of entertaining, adaptive games for the blind and visually impaired such as Braille and Low Vision Monopoly, Super Big Boggle, Deluxe Scrabble for Low Vision, Checkers and Chess sets, Tactile Connect Four and Tic-Tac-Toe games, Dominos with raised dots, puzzles and much, much more.  You will also find a great selection of unique Braille, tactile and low vision board games for people of all ages and ability levels, as well as cards and accessories, dice, Scrabble replacement tiles and more.  

Braille UNO Cards Braille - Rook Cards Go Fish Flash Cards - Braille

From Braille playing cards and easy to see low vision playing cards to BINGO cards, playing card holders and automatic card shufflers, you will find everything you need to make your games as inclusive and comfortable as possible for blind and low vision players. We also carry popular decks of Braille UNO cards, Yahtzee, Scrabble Slam, Skip-Bo, Linkology, Pit - Corner the Market and more! 

Star Soccer Ball with Bells - Yellow Beeping Foam Football Soccerball with Double Bells Inside

Have a ball this holiday season, and get family and friends outside for some exercise and good times!  MaxiAids has accessible beeping balls and audible balls for the visually impaired that help anyone with low vision feel included when playing sports.  Our wide selection of adaptive audible balls includes balls for soccer, basketball, football, rugby, cricket, softball and more.  

Enjoy giving a gift to someone with low vision or blindness such as these interactive games that everyone can play together.  Look to MaxiAids for more recreational games and products for the blind and visually impaired, blind accessories, low vision products and low vision aids. 

29 November, 2018

Beat the stress this season with tips for a calm and happy holiday

December is here and that means the holiday craze is just beginning.  During this busy month of the year, it's important to take time for yourself and get plenty of rest and relaxation. Especially for people faced with special needs and are physically challenged, rest and relaxation is an essential part of emotional and physical well-being. 

With so many helpful products that enhance relaxation, comfort and a restful night's sleep, MaxiAids has you covered!  You can choose from a large assortment of meaningful items for yourself, or as gifts for those on your holiday list.

Enjoy the holidays and melt stress away with some of these tips from MaxiAids...

  • Try to get your 8 hours of ZZZZZZZZZZs
  • Take a nap when the opportunity presents itself
  • Stretch, exercise, meditate and deep breathe
  • Make time for what you love to do/hobbies, entertainment, etc.
  • Listen to music, read a good book, watch a movie
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated

Getting enough sleep is ultra important to keep your immune system at top notch,   particularly during the holiday season when life just seems to get busier.  With crowded stores and more social gatherings, people are more at risk for getting sick.  Make sure a restful night's sleep is in your nightly plan so you can feel your best each and every day.    

MaxiAids offers sleep enhancing products that help lull you into a deep night's sleep. Our sleep sound therapy machines help clear the mind and calm you with different choices of sounds.  Perhaps listening to a babbling brook or ocean surf to lead you into a restful dream... 

Sleep Sound Therapy Sleep Sound Therapy

The best way to relax is to support those parts of the body that hurt.  With moldable cushions, and contoured, support and massage pillows, search through our many soft, comfort-promoting products to give you or your loved ones relief from those aches and pains.

Pillow Massage

Exercise and stretching will also calm you and keep you from getting stressed during the holidays.  Look to portable exercise equipment and exercise DVDs to keep you or someone on your gift list on a healthy wellness path.  Give a boost of energy with exercises that get blood flow pumping!  Relax, energize and stay healthy with products to stay strong, fit and limber.  

Yoga Exercise DVD Exercise

If reading, watching television, and listening to music are your escapes from the holiday craze, MaxiAids has products that enhance hearing and helps with low vision so you can enjoy your books, movies and music.  Products such as text to speech readers, listening amplifiers, and magnifying eyeglasses will enhance your entertainment experience. 

TV Listening Amplified Devices
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Stay hydrated and energized!  Drinking lots of water is essential to help combat fatigue and achy joints, and will help boost exercise performance. Water delivers oxygen and transports nutrients throughout the body, lubricating the joints, and alleviating aches and muscle cramps from dehydration.  

Drinking Drinking Drinking

Keep up with your hobbies and activities that make you feel good emotionally as well as physically.  Staying fulfilled promotes happiness and well-being, enriches our lives, and takes our mind off of stress when we are involved in something we love to do. With lighted magnifying glass, page magnifiers, video magnifiers, tactile, talking and assistive cooking products and other gifts for visually impaired users, these helpful products allow those to continue their hobbies for reading, crafting, cooking and more.  

Hobby Light Cooking

Making time for yourself will keep you more relaxed and joyful, so that you can give your best self to others!   Stay healthy and well rested, have fun, and experience this holiday season with relaxation and comfort products, sleep aids, visual aids, and gifts for the blind and visually impaired.  MaxiAids is here to help those with low vision, blindness, hearing impairment, and physical challenges live a more rewarding and productive life.

16 November, 2018

For a joyful, holiday year... Gift ideas for family members and friends with disability challenges

"What can I choose as a holiday gift? I want to help make life easier and more accessible for a loved one who has special needs..."

If it’s a gift for someone who is blind, has low vision, deaf, hearing impaired, arthritic, mobility challenged, aging, or elderly, the idea is to find the right gift to make a difference in that person's daily life.

Let us take the guess work out of your holiday shopping.  Holiday gift giving can be much easier right here at MaxiAids with our wide range of useful products that will help you find just the right item for that special person(s).  Thoughtful and functional gifts go a long way and will prove useful, as we offer many products that will assist in daily challenges inside and out of the home.

Holiday meals and the joy of cooking...

Does your family member or friend with vision impairments enjoy cooking? Make your gift giving a useful one and you will most likely get an invite to their next holiday meal!   Here at MaxiAids we offer products to aid in the kitchen and make food preparation enjoyable again.  With those who have low vision or can't see, products like talking measuring cups, liquid indicators, boil alerts, talking microwave ovens, and other helpful kitchen tools and accessories are sure to bring a smile on their face when receiving a holiday gift as functional as these kitchen and cooking products are. 

Speaks Volumz 3 Cup Measuring Cup Talking Microwave Oven Talking Digital Cooking Thermometer Liquid Level Indicator

The joy of reading...

When reading becomes an issue, why not choose a gift that turns text into speech?  What a great way to give your sight impaired family member a wide range of freedom in reading possibilities!  Open the door to fiction and nonfiction adventures, a favorite author, magazine subscriptions, newspapers, or anything they want to read.  What better way than to cozy up around the fireplace this winter and enjoy a good book while listening to the spoken words, or when out and about they can 'read' the restaurant menus. See our Book Readers, Reading Machines, The Readdesk Lite Plus Scanner Reader Magnifier and The C-Pen Reader Pen Scanner 

The joy of being on time...

How about a talking watch that will keep your loved one right on time?  With so many styles to choose from in all shapes and sizes, MaxiAids' talking watches are our top selling gifts to give all year 'round for those with low vision or sight impairment. Here is a Customer Favorite. Also New at MaxiAids! The Ultimate Talking Watches! If you want a BEST SELLER, select The Reizen Talking Atomic Watch - White Face-Black Numbers-Leather Band or The Talking Atomic Watch - Womens and Kids - Expansion Band or The Talking Atomic Watch - Womens and Kids - Leather Band. There is also The Ultimate Atomic Talking Watch in dual voice or The VocaTime Atomic Talking Watch - Black Case with Leather Band. All Great Watches!

Talking alarm clocks will wake them up and get their day started.  Choose from our large selection, including ones for travel. 

Reizen Atomic Talking Clock With Indoor and Outdoor Thermometer Reizen Talking Analog Atomic Clock

Bed shaker alarm clocks and vibrating bed shakers will alert when it's time to wake up!  Atomic bomb alarm clocks will wake the deepest sleeper.  Functional useful clocks and shakers for the hard of hearing sleeper in your life will "shake and wake" them this holiday season.   

The joy of light and magnification...

Folding task lamps and light up magnifiers are compact and functional gifts that will be appreciated by anyone who has low vision.  Our portable task lamps and light up magnifiers are perfect winning holiday gifts or stocking stuffers for the holiday season.

Ottlite Folding Task Lamp Black Magnifiers

Save your eyesight!  Choose from MaxiAids' new Wellness Series LED desk and floor lamps and make the healthy eye choice.  

Wellness Series Lamps

Also our video magnifiers will enlarge the smallest print, allowing those with low vision to help view documents, prescriptions and other important reading materials.  

Clover 10 Handheld Video Magnifier Humanware Explore 5 inch Handheld Electronic Video Magnifier

The joy of better hearing...

When gift buying for those with hearing impairment, MaxiAids offers so many choices for those with hearing loss.  Personal amplifiers help make listening to conversations and watching TV more enjoyable.  As loved ones begin to lose their hearing, do you find they're getting frustrated trying to hear what others are saying and missing parts of the conversations? Or are they blasting the TV volume so loud that it's disturbing others in the room or keeping their partner awake at night?  Our amplifier headphones will allow them to hear better and more clearly without disruptive background noise or disturbing others.  MaxiAids has so many choices of personal amplifiers and TV amplifiers that allow for better and ultra crisp hearing. 

Be part of the conversation again with personal sound hearing amplifiers!

Pocketalker Ultra with Earbud and Headphones Reizen Mighty Loud Ear Personal Sound Amplifier TV Listener Rechargeable Wireless Headset 40dB Wireless TV Listening Speakers Black

The joy of communication...

Big button cordless phones and speaker phones have large, easy to see numbers, ringer flashing features, photo ID calling options, amplifiers with incoming sounds, emergency features, calling alerts, and are hearing aid compatible. Give the gift of an easy to use phone that is caller ID friendly and stores phone numbers to make calling a breeze.  With so many to choose from, there is a phone that's just right for the specific needs of your loved one. 

Serene HD 40dB Amplified Talking Cordless Big Button Phone Reizen Big Button Speaker Phone White with Black Numbers Jitterbug Touch3 Smartphone Jitterbug 5 Red Jitterbug 5 Gray

The joy of comfort...

Seat cushions, back rests, Sciatica pillows... how about a bit of comfort for those suffering with aches and pains?  Anyone would appreciate gifts that assist in pain relief and offer some loving comfort.  Gifts that help alleviate pain will go a long way and will be greatly appreciated. 

If a family member or friend has arthritis, dexterity issues, or difficulties doing daily tasks, MaxiAids offers products that help make these tasks a little easier. 

Gripeez Ergonomic Built-Up Grip makes eating and brushing teeth easier.   For use with utensils, toothbrushes, razors, etc., these multi-purpose handles easily and instantly create a larger, more comfortable gripping surface-- ideal for arthritis, Parkinson's, and those with limited dexterity issues.

Gripeez Ergonomic Built Up Grip

Reachers and grabbers help reach and pick up items pain free, putting almost everything in easy reach.

Reacher and Grabber

At MaxiAids, our dressing aids help ease the difficulties of buttoning shirts, putting shoes and socks on, zippering clothes up, etc. We offer button hooks, fasteners, dressing sticks, shoe horns, easy laces, flexible sock/stocking aid, no-bend shoe remover, custom fit belts, leg lifter, zipper pulls and much more!

Dressing Aids Dressing Aids

The joy of mobility...

For those with mobility issues and use a walker, MaxiAids carries rollator and wheelchair accessories, including, mobility lights, baskets, totes, rollator seats and much more!  Convenient products that offer safety and carry belongings from room to room, or attachable lights that light up a path, are the ideal gifts for friends and family members who use wheelchairs, walkers or rollators.  They will truly appreciate the thought you put into gift giving this holiday season.  

Products that make a difference for all year 'round will always be the gift that serves most useful.  Making someone's quality of life improved upon goes without saying... that you have empathized to the needs of someone you love-- and there's plenty of joy in that!

Shop MaxiAids and you will find the right gifts for giving this holiday season.  When it comes to items that aid in the quality of one's life when faced with a disability challenge (or challenges), MaxiAids is the to-go-to source in finding products that help your loved ones live each day to their fullest.