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26 July, 2016

What Are They Saying About MaxiAids?

Of course, you're curious what people are saying about MaxiAids.

Everyone wants to know the buzz; the scuttlebutt; the 411; the verdict of the court of public opinion; customer experiences and reviews; the gossip; the real story – the truth about MaxiAids.

What is the truth about MaxiAids?

There are many untold stories about MaxiAids throughout our thirty-year history of serving the blind, the deaf, those with low vision, the hard of hearing, the disabled, those over 50, and aging seniors.

Over time, customers have had a lot to say about us. While there aren't quite eight million stories about MaxiAids, there are many. Here's one of the myriad letters and emails exposing the naked truth of how our customers feel about MaxiAids.

We hope you will feel the same way.


21 July, 2016

Mom Raises Enough Money for Special Eyeglasses That Allow Blind Son To See


The Gift of a Lifetime

Chris Ward from Lynchburg, Virginia has been given the gift of a lifetime thanks to his mother, Marquita Hackley, and a pair of special-vision glasses called eSight. Hackley’s efforts raised $25,000 to give her son glasses that allow him to see. The 12-year-old was born blind and has relied on his other five senses to get to know his loved ones up until now.


He Can Now Perform Daily Tasks With Vision

Chris’ story was first introduced to the world back in April, when a video of him using the glasses for the first time surfaced. ABC aired a special on Chris and within minutes Hackley exceeded her goal of raising $15,000 for the glasses. Gone are the days that Ward has to do his homework on a braille typewriter. He can now wear the electronic glasses and perform daily tasks with vision; a gift most of us take for granted.

Hackley told Virginia’s WDBJ7 about surpassing her fundraising goal, “Most of them don't even know us and that's just -- it means a lot to me.”

Not only does Chris get the life-changing gift of vision, he’s also enjoying the benefits of 15 minutes of fame. “People are always telling me I want your autograph,” he said.


eSight Has Changed the Course of his Life Forever

Although the electronic glasses don’t work for all types of blindness, Hackley decided to try eSight for Chris. Chris was born with an optic nerve that never fully developed. He was only able to see the outline of shapes and colors by getting extremely close to what he was looking at, suffice to say eSight has changed the course of his life forever. The electronic glasses provide LED screens for Chris to see, which are operated by a high-speed camera that records live video.

Hackley told the Daily News in April, “As a mother going 12 years with your child not being able to clearly see — I don’t really have words for it.”


" . . . there you are"

Perhaps the most touching moment the mother and son shared throughout this experience are the first words Chris uttered upon trying on the eSight glasses for the first time; “Oh Mommy, there you are.


10 July, 2016

Boogie Board LCD eWriters Gives Voice to Those Without Speech

The Boogie Board LCD eWriter enables those without a voice to communicate. People such as Bob Hoagland, a Vietnam Vet diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

Boogie Board eWriters were notably featured on NBC News. Their in-depth story focused on the possible connection between veterans and ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), highlighting Bob Hoagland, a Vietnam Vet diagnosed with the disease. He relies on the Boogie Board 8.5 as his primary communication tool.

Photo by Ann Johansson for NBC News

Photo by Ann Johansson for NBC News

From the NBC News Report:

"U.S. veterans carry a nearly 60 percent greater risk of contracting ALS than civilians . . . That alarming disparity has prompted the Pentagon to devote $7.5 million annually to hunt for ALS causes and treatments . . . 'When you think about the military, you have intense training, and we all wonder: Is it something to do with extreme exercise and a genetic vulnerability?' says Clive Svendsen, head of the Cedars institute . . . His theory: For veterans born with a rare genetic flaw that predisposes them to ALS, the military’s harsh physical demands perhaps trigger the disease to erupt years later . . .

"'The answer is in stem cell therapy,' Hoaglan writes on his LCD board . . . He scrawls more words with urgency in his eyes: 'I want to get involved in a stem cell study.'"


MaxiAids Has Boogie Board LCD eWriters In Stock

MaxiAids chose to carry the Boogie Board LCD eWriter because it is such an innovative and useful assistive technology device. You can choose either the pocket-size Jot 4.5 or the full-size Jot 8.5 model in your favorite color.

The Boogie Board line of Jot LCD eWriters has a reusable writing surface and includes a stylus to quickly jot down notes, messages, phone numbers, or lists – which are easily erased with just the press of a button. Both sizes are terrific to take with you or to keep conveniently at hand in your home or office.


Simple and Elegant Assistive Technology Solution

The Boogie Board is a simple and elegant assistive-technology solution for those with a speech impairment to help them communicate their thoughts to others. The Jot LCD eWriters are ideal for anyone who has difficulty with vocal communication, such as the deaf, hard of hearing, stroke victims, etc. In fact, organizations for certain impediments, such as ALS, vocal cord paralysis, stroke victims, etc. endorse them for many different purposes, including to practice memory exercises, as well as to help develop fine motor skills, and communicating.


This is not your father’s Etch-a-Sketch

The Boogie Board eWriter may bring back memories of the Etch-a-Sketch. But, as the saying goes, this is not your father’s Etch-a-Sketch. The Boogie Board has a pressure-sensitive, plastic liquid crystal display. You create words and drawings by pressing on the LCD with the included stylus. To clear the screen, you press the erase button. This applies an electric field to completely erase the LCD screen with no fuss or mess.

While the technology employed by both devices is quite different, the major difference is in your experience using them. The Boogie Board eWriter feels very natural, just like when you are writing and drawing by hand with a pen or pencil on a piece of paper – but with the easy-to-erase convenience of a blackboard. It replaces pen and paper, scratch pads, and sticky notes for writing down messages, memos, lists, and ideas. You can even use it to play games like tic-tac-toe and hangman or to draw pictures. Your words and images will remain as long as you want and can be easily erased with the touch of a button. You can create and erase again and again.


Boogie Board Jot 4.5 LCD eWriter

The compact-sized Jot 4.5 LCD eWriter is for people on the go. Slip it into your shirt pocket, coat pocket, or purse to take shopping to the drug store, grocery store, or restaurant. It's just what you need for quick notes and brief messages.


Boogie Board Jot 8.5 LCD eWriter

The full-size Jot 8.5 LCD eWriter is the flagship Boogie Board product. It has the brightest, highest-contrast LCD. With the Boogie Board Jot 8.5, you are able to save and edit what is written on the display through an app that is available for free on the App Store and Google Play. This free-for-download Jot mobile app allows you to scan, edit, save, and share content that you've created with others.


My Primary Communicating Tool

"The Jot 4.5 is great for things like going to the grocery store where I need to use my hands a lot. No need to set it down, just drop it into my shirt pocket. The Original will be my primary communicating tool, and it just looks great.

I have been so impressed with the eWriter ever since I got it and people I talk to say how cool it is when they see it in action."

— Bob Hoaglan

Photo by Ann Johansson for NBC News

Photo by Ann Johansson for NBC News