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Gift Ideas and Products for the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Published: 2012-12-07 (Revised/Updated 2016-11-18) : MaxiAids.
  • Synopsis: MaxiAids Products for Independent Living offer accessible gift ideas for the holidays for persons with disability including the blind and deaf.

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Quote: "Atomic talking watches and clocks offer the ultimate convenience in time telling. In addition to announcing time at the simple touch of a button"

MaxiAids Products for Independent Living this past week joined the Kentucky Council of the Blind (KCB) for what has become an annual tradition over the past decade. In a segment on Sound Prints, a weekly KCB radio talk show covering news of interest to blind and visually impaired people, MaxiAids shared many great accessible gift ideas for the holidays.

MaxiAids' Director of Sales Barry Greenblatt joined co-hosts KCB Past President Michael McCarty and Greater Louisville Council of the Blind President and ACB Treasurer Carla Ruschival during the show which is broadcast live Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in Louisville, KY on WKJK AM 1080.

Of course, watches are always a classic gift and Mr. Greenblatt noted that the Royal Tel-Time line of talking watches have a stylish bi-color gold and chrome finish, with either leather or expansion bands. The women's line provides a more understated look for those with smaller wrists. All feature time announcement in a clear male voice at the touch of a button, and models are available with an alarm, calendar and timer.

Atomic talking watches and clocks offer the ultimate convenience in time telling. In addition to announcing time at the simple touch of a button, they never need to be set - and they even account for Daylight Saving Time. The bestselling Reizen Talking Atomic Clock with Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer also includes a remote sensor that allows the user to hear current temperatures spoken.

How would you like a clock that actually responds to your voice commands

New for this year are the Interactive Talking Alarm Clocks, available in two models which both can be set and operated using only your voice. The Digit version has a 3" LCD, while the Flex features a larger 5" LCD and adds FM radio.

There are many choices for those wishing to give the gift of a clearer view to a loved one this holiday season. Desktop CCTV's magnify print and images enabling users to more easily read newspapers, magazines and books, as well as see family photos.

As computers continue to dominate our lives at work and home, Mr. Greenblatt suggests accessories to make time spent on the PC easier, more efficient and more enjoyable. One example is the Keys-U-See Keyboard, offering over-sized, easy-to-see print (4 times the size of print on traditional keys) on a standard size keyboard. They come in black on white, white on black or black on yellow keys to suit individual user needs. Plus, an available wireless keyboard and wireless mouse set provides even greater convenience.

As technology advances, increasingly smaller handheld (yet full-featured) electronic magnifiers allow you to carry powerful magnification in your pocket virtually anywhere you go. For example, the Candy magnifies from 1.5x to 22x on its 5.0" wide LCD. The Candy Grip adds a handle and a 'mirror' feature that allows users to check their makeup on the go.

Why not give the whole family a gift they can share

Accessible board games like Braille and Low Vision versions of Monopoly and Scrabble have large print cards/tiles, Braille/tactile markings and over-sized boards with special plastic overlay grids to help keep tiles in place during game play. Or, a series of wooden puzzles shaped like a pyramid, a pagoda, a soccer ball and a diamond provide blind-accessible challenging fun as players take apart, then re-assemble the pieces to their original shape.

The kitchen is said to be the heart of the home, and a range of items help make cooking safe and easy for everyone. Accessible Tactile and Talking Microwaves let users set the time by touch or hear prompts spoken. The Reizen Talking Kitchen Scale speaks measurements, while the Talking Cooking Thermometer announces the done-ness of meat, helping the visually impaired chef prepare perfect meals every time!

"We're always happy to spend time with the Kentucky Council of the Blind," Mr. Greenblatt noted. "It's a pleasure sharing with listeners all the latest products and technologies available that can help make their loved ones' lives more active, healthy and independent lives."

Above is only a sampling of the gift ideas mentioned during the show. Listen to the full audio of the radio segment to get additional suggestions: www.maxiaids.com/ProdSounds/radio.mp3

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