Hi Roberta,Maxiaids has been charged, tried and convicted, at least twice, of very unethical behavior. Once, MaxiAids copied the photography and product descriptions from the Independent Living Aids catalog -- which ILA had paid professionals to develop and create -- and included it in their, MaxiAids, catalog.
Then, later on, the Hilton-Perkins Foundation ahd created a program whereby schools and institutions for the blind in underdeveloped African countries could purchase Perkins BrailleWriters at a rate considerably lower than the market rate. MaxiAids purchased these braillewriters and then re-sold them to people and schools in South America at the full market price, thus cheating African children of the access to braille and equipment they deserved.
Once during a trial when the company CEO's daughter was on the stand testifying, she was associated with the company in some position or another, her father was telling her what to say on the stand from his seat in the courtroom, using sign language!
The company is thoroughly disreputable, and, when I was working as a rehab. teacher, I went out of my way to find products anywhere but MaxiAids! But I know that my colleagues, particularly my sighted colleagues, used MaxiAids frequently. My protests, I'm afraid, were not particularly effective!
Penny At 12:54 PM 10/23/2009, McCall, Roberta (DELEG) wrote:
I have heard Penny and Shelly express comments about Maxi Aids. What are you referring to when you say "on the grounds of personal opinion and principles" and illegal dealings in the past"? Roberta Roberta McCall, CVRT Michigan Commission for the Blind 517-335-7231 mccallr@xxxxxxxxxxxx -----Original Message----- From: visionrehabtherapist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:visionrehabtherapist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Shelley L. Rhodes Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 12:08 PM To: penny.reeder@xxxxxxxxx; Brink-Chaney, Marcie (DELEG); BJLejeune@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; visionrehabtherapist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; ewood@xxxxxxxxx Subject: [visionrehabtherapist] Re: Easy Writer Full Page Writing Guide Independent Living has the easy writer, it is listed as full page string writing guide. I agree with you penny, the illegal dealings in the pass make me question when ordering from them. I try to order from other places if I can. ----- Original Message ----- From: "Penny Reeder" <penny.reeder@xxxxxxxxx> To: <brink-chaneym@xxxxxxxxxxxx>; <BJLejeune@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <visionrehabtherapist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <ewood@xxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, October 23, 2009 11:38 AM Subject: [visionrehabtherapist] Re: Easy Writer Full Page Writing Guide > Dear All, > I am not currently working as a rehab teacher, but who knows when I may go > for a contract job in the field... In any event, there must be a writing > guide that's available from someone other than MaxiAids. I have always > refused, on the grounds of my own personal opinion and principles, to buy > products from MaxiAids. > > Penny > > > At 08:28 AM 10/23/2009, Brink-Chaney, Marcie (DELEG) wrote: >>Hi B.J., >>Here is the writing guide you asked about. It is from Maxi Aids. >>Easy Writer Full Page Writing Guide Item#: 40055 $14.95 >> >> >>Marcie Brink-Chaney CVRT >>Michigan Commission for the Blind >>Detroit Office >>E-mail: brink-chaneym@xxxxxxxxxxxx >>Phone: (313)456-1643 >>Fax: (313)456-1645 >> >>-----Original Message----- >>From: visionrehabtherapist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx >>[mailto:visionrehabtherapist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of B.J. >>LeJeune >>Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 5:51 PM >>To: visionrehabtherapist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; ewood@xxxxxxxxx >>Subject: [visionrehabtherapist] Re: marks writing guide >> >>Erica, >> >>The Marks Script Writing Guide is available "exclusively" at Maxi-aids >>for $21.95. (800-522-6294) I have been using the Easy Writer Guide by >>Richcreek, but the number (503-325-4005) to order it goes into a generic >>voice mail, so I am not sure if it is still being manufactured. We >>still have quite a few in stock so I have not had to reorder lately. I >>like it because it has markers/beads for where you left off and the >>elastic lines that go down the page make it easier for letters that go >>below the line. It is made of wood with a hinged door that closes over >>the paper rather than a clipboard approach. Although it is light, it >>is not very portable - too big for a purse, but seniors seem to like it >>- it requires little strength and works well with a 20-20 pen. >> >>BJ >> >> >> >> >>> "Erica Wood" <ewood@xxxxxxxxx> 10/22/2009 12:38 PM >>> >> >> >>Does anyone know how/where to purchase a Marks Writing Guide?? >> >> >> >>Erica A. Wood >> >>Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist >> >>Metrolina Association for the Blind >> >>ewood@xxxxxxxxx <mailto:ewood@xxxxxxxxx> >> >>704-887-5128 >> >> >> >>CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This e-mail message, including any attachments, >>is for the sole use of the intended recipients(s) and may contain >>confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, >>disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended >>recipient, please contact the sender by reply e-mail and destroy all >>copies of the original message. >> >> >> >> >> >> >>*********************************** >>To view archives, edit list settings, subscribe or unsubscribe from list: >>www.freelists.org/list/visionrehabtherapist >> >>Administrator e-mail: dietz1112@xxxxxxxxx > > > > > > *********************************** > To view archives, edit list settings, subscribe or unsubscribe from list: > www.freelists.org/list/visionrehabtherapist > > Administrator e-mail: dietz1112@xxxxxxxxx *********************************** To view archives, edit list settings, subscribe or unsubscribe from list: www.freelists.org/list/visionrehabtherapist Administrator e-mail: dietz1112@xxxxxxxxx
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