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27 October, 2019

How to organize your closet when you are blind or visually impaired

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As if it isn't hard enough keeping our closets and drawers organized... for the blind or visually impaired, organization is incredibly important in knowing where items are at all times. Always keeping essentials in the same place and grouping them together by color or style is an absolute must for someone who has a visual impairment.  Hanging clothes together in categories: long sleeve, short sleeve and sleeveless, patterns and solid colors, folded shirts and sweaters, or separating casual from dressy... when it comes to clothing, these helpful products below will help aid in the organization process and ensure a successful ensemble before you walk out the door.

MaxiAids' assistive items have helped thousands of customers achieve independence and self-confidence when getting dressed. With products like talking color detectors, braille and tactile markers, fashion shaped buttons for identification of clothing and colors, and aluminum braille clothing tags, putting together outfits becomes much more accessible and easier.

Identi-Buttons Clothing Identifiers - Easy to use-- just sew them on. Shape indicates color of items.  (Item 30-25, 30-27)

     Identi-Buttons Clothing Identifiers                Identi-Buttons Clothing Identifiers

Aluminum Braille Clothing Identifiers - Braille labels are perfect for stitching or pinning on to clothes; identifies item in a particular color or pattern. (Item 202891)
Aluminum Braille Clothing Identifiers

RNIB PenFriend Audio Laundry Labels - Label Your Clothes Using Your Own Voice. Record pattern, color and care instructions of your entire wardrobe onto these self-adhesive labels, and never leave the house with odd socks or a mismatched outfit again. (Item 308098)


EZ Pro Sock Holders - You never have to worry about lost socks again! (Item 507811)

>EZ Pro Sock Holders

Color Identifiers/Light Detector & The Talking Color Detector - Easily match clothes and more.  Hold against surface of item and touch red button to hear exact color shade announced. (Item 306043) & (Item 302538)

Color Identifiers/Light Detector Color Identifiers/Light Detector

HI MARK -TM Tactile Pen - Great to use for identifying clothes and many other personal items. (Item 205377)

HI MARK -TM Tactile Pen

Color Mates - Attach the identifiers and you are ready to mix or match your wardrobe. (Item 5062847)

Color Mates

Clothes Folder - Fold Clothes with a Simple Flip! Gain more space in your closets. Easy to use and ideal for blind and low vision users.  (Item 505152)

Clothes Folder

MaxiAids is proud to provide items that help make life more accessible and functional for those who have physical impairments. From talking products to alert systems, blind accessories and low vision aids, and many other products for the blind, visually impaired, and deaf and physically challenged, look to MaxiAids for all your solutions to everyday challenges. -- Audrey Leonard

16 October, 2019

Get Relief from Uncomfortable Back Pain with MaxiAids’ Back Support Products

Seeking relief from back pain is about as common as it gets, which is why Back Support products from MaxiAids are a welcomed virtue! Back pain can strike at any time; when you’re driving in the car, relaxing on the couch at home, gardening outside or sitting down for an important meeting. Instead of suffering through the pain, use any of our Back and Neck Support products to ease strain, stiffness and tension.

Is your back pain making it hard to unwind or get comfortable after a stressful day? We don’t believe you should suffer any longer! Don’t let your back or neck pain hinder your everyday activities, or make you lose interest in doing the things you love.

We have many solution-oriented products for back pain to choose from; from Sciatica Pillows to Heated Car Cushions and Back Belts. Browse through our catalog of back support aids to find the best product to treat your specific pain or strain.

Back and Seat Heated Car Cushion - Black - ObusForme Back and Seat Heated Car Cushion keeps you warm and comfortable when driving on cold days. (Item 809214)

Back and Seat Heated Car Cushion - Black

Back Belt - Female - Medium-Large - Light Grey - Supports lower back and promotes proper alignment of the back. (Item 809202)

Back Belt - Female  - Medium-Large - Light Grey

Back Belt - Unisex - Large-XLarge - Black - Designed to promote proper posture, reduce back pain, and prevent back injuries due to lifting, pushing, pulling, walking, exercising, and repetitive bending or twisting.  (Item 809209)  Also available in Small-Medium and Medium-Large.

Back Belt - Unisex - Large-XLarge - Black

Back Support Drivers Seat Cushion with Lumbar Pad + Heat + Massage - Adjustable Lumbar Pad, Heat, and Massage brings soothing relief to your back. (Item 809213)

Back Support Drivers Seat Cushion with Lumbar Pad + Heat + Massage

Lowback Backrest Support - Burgundy - Transforms ordinary chairs into ergonomically correct seating. (Item 809217)

Lowback Backrest Support - Burgundy

Lower Back-Sacral Support Belt- Conforms to Lower Back for Maximum Support. (Item 46600)

Lower Back-Sacral Support Belt- Large 36-42-inch

ObusForme Lowback Backrest + Countoured Seat Cushion Kit - Transforms ordinary chairs into ergonomically correct seating and is ideal for periods of prolonged sitting. (Item 809221)

ObusForme Lowback Backrest + Countoured Seat Cushion Kit

ObusForme Supporting Roll with Massage - Provides soothing massage and support for your lower back or neck anywhere you go. (Item 809238)

ObusForme Supporting Roll with Massage

Orthopedic Allergy Pillow - Provides both neck and spine support as well as allergy control (Item 150004)

Orthopedic Allergy Pillow

Therapeutic Sciatica Pillow - Designed to take the weight off your thighs and bottom helping to eliminate sharp radiating pain in the lower back, spine and legs. (Item 151417)

Therapeutic Sciatica Pillow

MaxiAids’ staff is always here to serve our customers who live with physical challenges, including back or neck pain. Browse our inventory for a complete list of Back Support products that we offer! 


09 October, 2019

Immersive Art Exhibits offer those with physical impairments to explore imagination and fantasy


Immersive art exhibits are more and more popular around the world as people want to become "one" with the art, having the desire to escape physical reality and become part of the art experience itself.  For the blind as well as those who are sighted, becoming completely submerged into an exhibit is an exhilarating and inspiring experience.  "It's a place for interaction, exploration and play. People become "transported"-- taken inside a different dimension that changes the way they see and feel about the world around them." Discovering art through the human senses is both stimulating and exciting. 

Here at MaxiAids we offer thousands of products that stimulate and engage the senses, and educate and encourage independence in children and adults with physical challenges.  Our products help provide the freedom and confidence to engage in experiences and creative exploration outside of the home.

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A new millennial art scene has now emerged, including large scale, expansive room installations, as people long to stretch their imaginations and tap into the feeling of discovery, adventure and artistic illusion.  It's like stepping into a playground for adults, as well as for children.  Many of these exhibits have popularized themselves as social media photo opportunities, where people enjoy seeing themselves immersed in fantasy backgrounds, as though they walked right into a dream...

For the blind, deaf and visually impaired, the fantasy differs, as immersive exhibits include sensory touch, hearing, smell, and sometimes taste.

 For the artists, building imaginative hands-on three-dimensional exhibits in rooms, hallways and spaces have inspired everyone who walks in-- sighted or not, and is quite gratifying for the artists, as they have the opportunity in witnessing their visitors interacting inside their creative visions.

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One of the new, immersive art exhibits in Salt Lake City, Utah was specifically designed for students who are visually impaired, have hearing loss or both. Dreamscapes is a pop-up art experience that uses the students' imaginations to take them through a tour of physical and digital artwork.

It’s a 14,000-square-foot labyrinth that taps into the subconscious," giving each student a way to visualize and explore the outside world in a way they never have dreamed.  For some of the staff at the museum, it was emotional to watch the children wander through the art. I cried a couple of times," said Andrea Silva, "Dreamscapes" manager. "Being with the kids, they just took to all of the art exactly how it was intended, which was fully immersive, as they examined all the textures, and experienced different sounds and smells.  Art is typically focused on visuals, but "Dreamscapes" is aimed at the physical senses as well as the emotional ones too. 

With tactile games, scratch and sniff children's books, tactile maze books, talking products, low vision aids, blind accessories, and so much more, MaxiAids continues to offer products and modify some of these items to make life more enjoyable, entertaining and accessible for the blind, deaf and physically challenged. --Audrey Leonard