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Maxi-Aids prides itself on delivering the latest back-to-school essentials for those with low visibility or hearing issues. Browse our selection of products today, as well as take a look at a few of our most popular ones below!
Oval Talking Keychain
The Oval Talking Keychain is perfect for anyone with low-vision issues. Large LCD screen, time announcement and alarm, all in one small package. Perfect for the dorms and beyond!
Bold Line Paper
What student doesn't need bold-line paper? When shopping for school supplies, a pack of five pads for the semester should be right at the top. Another great low-vision product!
Heavy Duty Bed Vibrator
For those with hearing issues, this heavy dutybed vibrator might be the best dorm room essential we offer. Getting up early for that calculus class just got so much easier thanks to this bed and pillow vibrator. Place under your pillow and connect to your alarm clock for easy use.
E-Wheels Mobility Scooter
Getting around your school or college campus can be a pain in the butt, especially if you've got mobility issues. Thankfully, Maxi-Aids has got you covered with the E-Wheels jellybean collection of scooters. Available in a bunch of different colors, you'll look fresh as you zip around campus, class to class.
Spring is finally here and with that comes sunshine, clear skies and beautiful weather that should inspire all of us to get active and enjoy the outdoors. The best part about this time of year is that we have several months of spring and summer ahead of us, making this the perfect opportunity to set goals, gear up and plan to get outside as much as possible. Whether you are looking to protect your eyes, see things clearer, increase your mobility or just make life a little easier, here are 5 Easy Ways to Make Your Spring and Summer More Accessible:
5 Easy Ways To Make Spring and Summer More Accessible - MaxiAids.com
1. The sun is so bright, you gotta wear shades: No warm weather season is complete without sunglasses. As fun as it is to bask in the sunlight, it's equally as important to protect your eyes. Sunglasses are vital to protecting your vision and helping you alleviate painful exposure to light and harmful UV rays.
MaxiAids offers a wide selection of protective sunglasses eyewear and UV protective sunglasses to help maintain your eye health and minimize light sensitivity. Sunglasses options from MaxiAids include Cocoons Low Vision Sunglasses available in four specific tints to help increase visual acuity, Cocoons and NoIR fitovers that are designed to be worn over prescription glasses, flip up sunglasses that you can attach to existing eyewear, and stylish all-purpose protective sunglasses suitable for everyone.
2. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood ... so let's get moving: When the sun comes up on a picture-perfect spring or summer morning, you might find it hard to look on the bright side if you don't move as well as you used to. The good news is you don't have to let decreased or limited mobility put a damper on your outlook because MaxiAids has mobility solutions to meet all of your special needs and get you moving, including these brand new electric scooters from eWheels that are the perfect combination of speed, safety, performance and personality!
These colorful, stylish scooters even come shipped fully assembled and ride ready so you can get rev up that engine and revel in the outdoors as soon as possible.
3. I can see clearly now the strain is gone: Are you tired of squinting and straining your eyes whenever you are at a concert or a ball game, on vacation or outside trying to enjoy nature? Whether you have low vision and are seeking a way to magnify your view or simply want the clearest focus you can possibly get from a distance, these innovative and lightweight head worn binoculars from Beecher Optical Products can help.
Beecher Mirage Binoculars are one of many binoculars and monoculars available at MaxiAids. They are designed for distance viewing and perfect for bird watching, viewing special events, church services, vacation activities, sporting events, museums, theater performances, concerts, hobbies/crafts, computers/TVs, and much more.
4. Put Me Into The Ball Game, Take Me Out of the Crowd: Just because a child or adult is visually impaired, it does not mean he or she has to sit on the sidelines when it comes to playing sports or remaining active. Audible and beeping balls make it possible for sporting activities and competitions to be more inclusive, and MaxiAids is proud to offer a wide selection of accessible balls to help anyone with low vision enjoy the upcoming spring and summer months on the field with their friends and teammates.
5. I would walk 500 miles, without even realizing it: While we all make an effort to exercise year-round and even set goals at different points of the calendar year, it is no secret that the spring and summer give us extra motivation to ramp up our fitness routines. With that said, a little positive reinforcement goes a long way and by tracing your everyday steps and seeing how many calories you've burned along the way, that just might be the key to gaining some confidence to help boost your desire to stay active.
If this interests you, MaxiAids has Talking Pedometers to get you moving in the right direction, both physically and mentally. Simply clip to your clothes or even place in your purse or backpack, and the Talking WalkFit Pedometer will count your steps and announce the amount back to you. It also tells you the time, exercise time, distance walked and calories burned in a clear female voice, making it a valuable exercise tool for anyone including those with low vision.
Well, there you have it, our list of 5 easy ways to make your spring and summer more accessible.
We hope you found this post to be a helpful resource in adding accessibility to these upcoming warm weather months, and from all of us at MaxiAids Products for Independent Living, we wish you a happy, healthy and accessible outdoors season!
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When any holiday approaches and you begin planning your activities, it is important to think about accessibility for both the day itself as well as the special events surrounding it. Whether party planners are trying to be more inclusive with holiday food traditions or attempting to plan an accessible Easter Egg Hunt for blind and visually impaired children, the common goal here is to make it so that everyone can celebrate such occasions and feel like they can join in on the fun.
If you are planning an Easter Egg Hunt in your community or school this your, there are steps you can take to ensure that kids who are blind or visually impaired can be included. The same holds true for seniors in nursing homes or assisted living facilities, hospitals or any other locations where people have special needs such as vision impairment.
Here are 5 steps for planning a Beeping Easter Egg Hunt for Those Who Are Blind and Visually Impaired:
1. Stock up on Beeping Easter Eggs. These specially designed Beeping Easter Eggs give blind and visually impaired kids accessibility to Easter Egg Hunts that are going on around them. Instead of going by visual cues, kids can locate these eggs by following the loud, clear beep they emit. Beeping Easter Eggs can also be used on Easter morning to provide an audible alert as kids with low vision experience the excitement of locating their Easter baskets. In addition, they're great for use at disability awareness functions as well as senior homes and assisted living facilities to bring the joy of Easter to all ages.
To use, just place an egg around the area of the hunt and flip the ON/OFF slide switch to turn on the beeper. The beeper assembly and batteries are housed in the bottom half of each egg, leaving the top half hollow.
2. Pick and time and date that works best for your event. When planning any event, you want to check your calendar and make sure the time and date make sense. If you are a teacher planning an Easter Egg Hunt for special needs students, chances are you will be doing this as a special activity during school hours the week before Easter Sunday. If you are planning a community event, then you are looking at Easter Weekend and you want to make sure the time and location you pick do not conflict with other events surrounding Easter Sunday.
3. Plan your Beeping Easter Egg Hunt keeping age groups in mind. It is important to plan an age-appropriate Beeping Easter Egg Hunt to make sure everyone can have the best time. For example, when planning for younger children, make sure hiding spots are not out of their reach. When planning for seniors, you can award them special prizes that aren't chocolate or candy especially if they are on a diet due to certain medical conditions.Use the resources around you and when in doubt, consult with colleagues and family members when planning.
4. Map out your location, list hiding places and set clear boundaries. Once you have the Beeping Easter Eggs, time and date and a game plan for the big event, you want to scout your chosen location to map things out. When hiding Beeping Easter Eggs, make sure to list the hiding places so that you can make sure all of them are retrieved at the end of the event. Also, it is important to let everyone involved know what the boundaries are for the Easter Egg hunt to ensure safety.
5. Make sure there is proper supervision at all times. This is a vital piece to all Easter Egg Hunts, especially where special needs groups are concerned. Having proper supervision measures in place before, during, and after the Beeping Easter Egg Hunt will only add to the overall enjoyment of the day because the planners, participants, and spectators will know ahead of time that instead of being a free for all event, it is a FUN for all event... and that's the way it should be!
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Valentine's Day 2015 is fast approaching and whether you have been with your loved one for 5 months, 15 years or 50 years, it's always a good idea to think outside the box when it comes to Valentine's Day gifts. At MaxiAids, we pride ourselves on providing solutions on a daily basis that add accessibility and enhance the lives of everyone we serve, and Valentine's Day is no different. From cozy shawls to keep her warm to magnifiers that help him or her see, MaxiAids presents 10 Totally Awesome and Accessible Valentine's Day 2015 Gifts for Him and Her.
Purpose: Binocular Magnifier with 2.7x lens. Fits over most eyeglasses or may be worn without glasses. Lens flips up for when magnification is not needed, making this a perfect low vision magnifier for him that keeps his hands free so he can focus on the tasks at hand. Flip-up feature provides added convenience.
Purpose: Fill 20 pages with pictures and audible captions. A romantic Valentine's Day gift idea for any loved one in your life when you want to add your own personal touch to your pictures and memories.
Purpose: Exceptionally easy to use talking alarm clock with personalized voice reminders for seniors and caregivers. This is the perfect Valentine's Day gift for mom, dad or the caregiver in your life.
Purpose: Read more easily at home or on the go and toggle between 1.9x and 13.6x magnification. This is a reading support tool designed for both children and adults with low vision and can be given as a Valentine's Day gift to virtually anyone of any age.
Purpose: Sleek, attractive digital Apple Shaped Talking Alarm Clock that is packed with features everyone can enjoy and access. Makes a great Valentine's Day gift for teachers as well as anyone who just likes a fun, functional digital talking clock that can be placed anywhere.
It is no secret that the Super Bowl is the biggest TV event of the year. Whether you are tuning in with a vested interest, watching for the commercials, checking out the Halftime show or all of the above, there is no question that the Super Bowl attracts interest in many ways. You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy the Super Bowl experience, and no matter why you are watching or where you will be for the big game on Sunday, February 1st when the New England Patriots battle the defending champion Seattle Seahawks, there are ways you can improve your Super Bowl viewing experience and add accessibility to the party.
4 Easy Tips to Improve Your Super Bowl Viewing Experience
1. Make Sure You Have a Clear View of the Action
If you have low vision or just want to see the Super Bowl more clearly, there are easy, affordable ways to magnify your view. First things first, you want to make sure you are in your most comfortable chair by game time so you can have the best seat in the house, especially if you are hosting this year's Super Bowl party. However, if you are visually impaired, this does not mean you need to sit directly in front of the TV.
Instead, you can use these affordable and reliable MaxiSee TV Glasses by Reizen to bring the view closer to you. Designed to maximize the TV viewing experience, these hands-free glasses help you view the screen from more easily from at least 10 feet away. In addition, these eyeglass style binoculars provide 2.1x magnification for distance and feature a wide 20-degree field of vision. 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. You also get scratch-resistant lenses perfect for keeping your field of view clear as possible.
2. Give Your Ears a Chance to Hear All of the Action Loud and Clear
Can't listen to the big game or the halftime festivities because everyone is talking? Do you have some hearing loss and multiple conversations along with the game are bothersome to your ears? There are innovative solutions to help you hear your TV clearly so that you don't have to struggle to get through Super Bowl Sunday. Wireless TV listening devices such as the ClearSounds Wireless Infrared Home Audio Headset System and the Serene Innovations TVDirect system for private listening can help you hear better all game long. Both systems offer superior sound quality while safely allowing you to amplify your Super Bowl experience with lightweight systems that you can wear comfortably for hours at a time.
3. Hosting the Super Bowl Party this Year? Cook Easier and Enjoy the Game
If you are having friends over for the Super Bowl, chances are you will be doing the bulk of the food prep and cooking so that you can allow your guests to relax and enjoy the game. However, that doesn't mean you can't get everything ready faster and easier with a little help from these convenient and handy cooking tools. Whether you need to cook burgers and other game day foods quicker with the George Foreman Champ Grill or are hosting a party and need to boost your cooking production with the Proctor-Silex Fifth Burner Hot Plate, both of these kitchen saviors are ideal for saving you time so that you can have a fun time even while playing the role of gracious host.
4. Take Back Control of Your TV Remote
Rather than having to worry about which remote you need for whichever function you are trying to access on your TV, wouldn't it be nice if you could just have one easy to see remote that helps you put the control back in remote control? This Oversized Universal Remote Control is just the thing to help you make sure your brain doesn't become scrambled when you are scrambling to turn on the TV, find the right channel or turn up the volume on Super Bowl Sunday, or any other TV night for that matter.
No matter where you go, what you are doing or who you are with on Super Bowl Sunday, we hope you will find the above tips to be helpful in improving your Super Bowl experience.
Enjoy the game!
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All of us at MaxiAids.com would like to wish you a healthy and Happy New Year. To make sure we kick off 2016 just right, here are 4 New Years Resolutions in Just 8 Words, as printed on our easy to see Neon Green Bold Lined Paper.
In 2016, we at MaxiAids Products for Independent Living will continue to strive to help our amazing and loyal customers. We are here to serve all of your needs, and we truly appreciate your continued support.
Below are ways we can help you stick to the New Years Resolutions listed above, and we hope that these tips make a positive difference both this year and beyond.
New Years Resolution: THINK POSITIVE
Resolution Solution: Light Therapy.
It's no secret that the winter months can lead to bouts of depression. One way to alleviate this is to make sure you surround yourself with plenty of light to combat the shorter days and longer nights. 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 2015 and beyond.
New Years Resolution: BE ACTIVE
Resolution Solution: Add a little more walking and exercise to your daily living routine.
Adding a little more exercise to your daily routine may seem like a tough challenge, but there are ways you can keep track of your health and fitness throughout your day without having to really do anything different. This convenient talking pedometer can be thrown in your purse or bag and it will keep tabs on the amount of walking you do and the amount of Calories you burn. Getting positive reinforcement from this handy device can help spur on more desire for you to become more active.
When that happens, you can then pick up one of these extremely portable and affordable exercise peddlers that you can use whenever you have a few extra minutes to spare at home, on vacation or even at the office. You can also exercise more simply by grabbing one of these easy to use hand exercisers that can be used during lunch breaks, while watching TV or commuting to and from the office.
New Years 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 in your mind and give yourself a clean slate for 2015. Getting organized may seem like a daunting 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.
Speaking of medication management, this is one area that every person should strive to stay organized with heading into the 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 Years Resolution: SHOW LOVE
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 the unsung heroes 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 2016 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.
So there you have it, 4 New Years Resolutions in Just 8 Words ... and a few helpful ways on how to keep them.
We wish everyone a Happy New Year, and we are proud to serve you and be there for you in 2016, whenever you need a little bit of help.
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With the holiday season in full swing and just 10 days until Christmas, it's time to think about not just what holiday gifts will be under your tree but also what you will be putting on your dinner table. Some of the best (and most delicious) holiday traditions involve classic family recipes, from plentiful platters of food to delectable Christmas cookies that make anyone want to take home leftovers.
With that said, one thing that is often overlooked during these festive family gatherings is how to add a little bit more accessibility to the table in order to make sure that those who need some extra help can still enjoy the holiday food traditions they have come to cherish so fondly over the years.
Here are 4 Helpful Tips to Make Holiday Food Traditions More Accessible:
1. For plate settings, keep in mind those loved ones who have hand issues, low dexterity or arthritis. Arthritis of the hands has become a fairly common ailment among older adults, and when someone has trouble grasping or gripping objects with their hands, it can really take the enjoyment out of eating. When setting your dinner table for a holiday gathering, it's a good idea to write out a list of who is attending and see if they need a little extra assistance gripping onto their utensils. One cost-effective solution for dinner guests with hand issues are these soft, easy grip built-up arthritis handles that can be attached to any fork, knife or spoon to increase the gripping surface while adding comfort and stability to the dining experience. Something like this can be a real lifesaver for a parent or grandparent who has chronic hand pain, and it also goes a long way in showing your guest how much you truly care about them and their comfort level when they are eating in your home.
2. Organize your kitchen for food prep with accessibility in mind. It is inevitable that when you are hosting a big family gathering such as Hanukkah or Christmas dinner, you will be tasked with organizing your kitchen to make room for friends and relatives who are also fellow foodies and want to help you prepare the best meal possible. One thing that can happen with too many cooks in the kitchen are spills or slips when someone isn't paying full attention to the task at hand. In these situations, you can cut down on the accidents by sectioning off areas in your kitchen and creating specific food prep stations. When your cooking helpers arrive, kindly direct them to their designated area for that they will be doing, and make sure that anyone who is not helping to prepare the meal is entertained by others away from the kitchen.
Also, to make sure there are no accidents in the kitchen, just like with the plate settings you should think about who will be helping you prepare the meal and how you can accommodate them. Chances are that grandma and grandpa will want to help keep family food traditions alive in some way, shape or form, and so you want to make sure your designated areas for them have the food preparation cooking helpers they might need to make sure they are safe in the kitchen. One invention that is sure to save a few fingers and avoid a trip to the hospital or urgent care center on Christmas is this EZ grip low vision cutting board, which is specially designed to grip your kitchen counter using four suction cups while the stainless steel corner plate / slicing guide holds the food in place. Solutions like this add accessibility to food prep and are sure to be appreciated by your sous chefs who could use the extra assistance while graciously helping you.
3. Stay cool and don't get burned by your oven. With all of those aforementioned kitchen helpers comes the chaos of recipes being recounted, side conversations overlapping each other, and other distractions. Because of this, it's important to take extra precautions to ensure that everyone stays safe, particularly around the oven. One misplaced hand when distracted can cause serious burns, and that is the last thing anyone should have to worry about when hosting a holiday gathering. That is why it is important to have the proper protections in place, and there are several solutions that can help promote oven safety in your kitchen. First, make sure you keep your oven mitts handy and close to your oven area. You may also find these Cool Touch Oven Rack Guards to be extremely helpful in preventing burns since they are designed to easily attach to most oven racks and snap in place to add another layer of protection when you need it most
4. Make sure everyone can enjoy their coffee, tea or hot chocolate with dessert. After the big holiday dinner is over and everyone has had a chance to catch up and converse, it will then be time for dessert. You've worked so hard all night long, and all that's left is to unveil the cakes, pies and cookies, then serve the coffee, tea or hot chocolate. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that some of your guests might be a little tired and so they may not pay as much attention when gripping and drinking the hot beverage that is in front of them. This is where your last bit of ingenuity comes into play for the night, by doing your best to make sure that your guests don't slip up and spill their drinks. All you have to do is invest in something like this ergonomic clip-on handle that easily attaches to any standard coffee mug and adds a stronger, more comfortable and stable grip that all of your friends and family members will appreciate at the end of the evening.
We hope you enjoyed this 4 Helpful Tips to Make Holiday Food Traditions More Accessible, and all of us here at MaxiAids wish you a happy and healthy holiday season, as well as a Happy New Year!
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MaxiAids Products for Independent Living is proud to unveil its handpicked accessible holiday gift lists for the deaf and hard of hearing for the 2014 holiday shopping season. MaxiAids is the industry leader in products that truly make a difference in the lives of those who are deaf or suffer from hearing loss, and each of the 10 items that make up the two lists below – Top 5 Accessible Holiday Gifts for the Deaf and Top 5 Accessible Holiday Gifts for the Hard of Hearing – were carefully selected by the experienced MaxiAids team.
Key Features: Powerful personal amplifier with 120dB gain
Built-in microphone for clear and loud hearing
Voice and sound comes through mini earphone
Picks up sound at a distance of up to 100 feet away
Includes 2 AAA batteries and single earphone
Key Features: Hear the TV without wearing uncomfortable headphones
Hear what is going on around you, unlike wireless TV headphones
Allow others to keep the room volume where they want
Easy to install with one simple connection