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Discover the latest innovations in the low-vision, low-hearing, and mobility industry, as well as those must-have products to enhance your day-to-day life. Our Independent-Living Blogs will help inspire you and make your daily life a little less of a struggle and a bit more pleasurable with assistive products, suggestions, motivational stories and advice. MaxiAids Helps You Do It . . . Yourself™. We welcome you to leave a comment if you enjoyed reading a particular blog!
16 July, 2019

MaxiAids helps those with physical challenges lead independent and active lifestyles

After three decades in business, MaxiAids is a company that promotes a healthy, active and independent lifestyle, serving those who are physically challenged.  We have helped improve the lives of thousands of individuals with products for easier living. MaxiAids has been at the forefront of the independent living industry and is responsible for many inventions, developments and special product adaptations in the field, as well as searching out the latest innovations that help serve those who need these products the most so they can live each day to the fullest.

07 July, 2019

Mana Hashimoto combines blindness and artistic dance with her other senses...

“To dance is to surrender my body and soul to unknown possibilities.  I hear, I smell, I feel, I live, I dance.”

Low Vision - Blind Store

Mana Hashimoto was born fully sighted in Japan and trained as a classical ballet dancer into her teen years, when her sight began to decline. She moved to New York City to continue studying dance, even though her sight had disappeared completely within one year after her move. Due to optic nerve atrophy in her eyes that went undiagnosed, she had lost her vision but not her dreams of continuing as a dancer.  Mana was invited by a friend to take a dance lesson and she embraced the opportunity.  Without her sight, they decided if she observed her friend's body movements thru touch, that she could learn the dance steps while listening to the dance instructor's verbal directions. Being blind helped Mana transform her dance into a new form of art, rather than ending her dance career.

Her experience with choreography and dancing led her into creating a unique workshop called Dance without Sight, exploring artistic dance with the remaining senses.  The workshops are for blind, visually impaired and sighted people who want to learn expressive dancing by feeling the music and looking  "inside of themselves" to express their emotions with movement.

Canes for the Blind

Let’s close our eyes, open our hearts, and experience a world of rich multisensory imagination.

Mana has produced solo contemporary dance performances all over the world to people of all abilities. She has worked with a staff that interpreted all the dance movements verbally for blind audiences, and created pre and post show performance tours for her blind audience members to touch the production props and sets.

Mana uses a cane to feel her way onto the stage and uses carpet or tape to mark her dance space and direction.  Just recently Mana was a guest speaker in June of 2019 produced by Dance NY, at the New York Performing Arts Public Library talking about dance, disability and inclusiveness.  She has worked with Lighthouse International NYC, Visions NYC, Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled, Lighthouse Yokohama and was a Peace Ambassador for Vigil for International Peace which celebrates United Nations International Day of Peace in September every year. Mana has worked with other organizations as well. 

"If you also share my passion for dance, if you also believe we can turn the loss of eyesight into a gain in new artistic vision for both dancers and the audience, then let's all close our eyes for a moment, open our hearts and join me in this world of rich multisensory experience. Together we can turn darkness into new light, turn dreams into reality and turn the needs of audiences with disabilities into a fountain of inspiration for the dance field."

MaxiAids specializes in products for the blind and visually impaired, low vision aids, blind accessories and low vision products to help those with sight impairment live every day to the fullest

04 July, 2019

MaxiAids’ Caregiver Alerts Can Prevent Falls, Provide Supervision and Save Lives

Whether you’re caring for a sick family member or care for a patient full-time, a caregiver’s job isn’t easy. MaxiAids’ caregiver alerts store can provide the products you need for prevention care, surveillance and supervision at all times to protect against falls and ultimately save lives.

From fall prevention monitors and sensor pad alarms, to caregiver paging systems and motion sensor alarm systems, these caregiver alerts provide crucial assistance to those who need them, as well as their caregivers who work tirelessly to provide support to the people they love. Browse through our catalog of caregiver alerts to find products that will assist in protecting those who are at risk to wander off or tending to a person where one sudden movement or fall can result in serious injury.

Personal Paging System – 2 Call Button and 1 Pager (Item 903992) Alerts caregivers when assistance is needed

Personal Paging System – 2 Call Button and 1 Pager

Simple Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor with Message Alerts (Item 805114) Be alerted when movement is detected

Simple Home Wi-Fi Motion Sensor with Message Alerts

Easy-to-Use TamperProof Bed-Chair Exit Alarm (Item 903941) Use with sensor pad for alerts if patient moves

Easy-to-Use TamperProof Bed-Chair Exit Alarm

Portable Push Alert One-Touch Alert System (Item 151141) Alert loved ones with an alarm if you need help

Portable Push Alert One-Touch Alert System

CordLess Bed Sensor Pad 10x30-in with Transmitter (Item 903959) Alerts caregivers when the patient gets out of bed

CordLess Bed Sensor Pad 10x30-in with Transmitter

Wireless Motion Sensor for Economy CMU (Item 903988) Detects movement of patients for nurses/caregivers

Wireless Motion Sensor for Economy CMU

Cordless Long Floor Mat for FallGuard Cordless Monitor (Item 903978) Floor Mat with Transmitter for patient monitoring

Cordless Long Floor Mat for FallGuard Cordless Monitor

Care Home Alerting Solution (Item 901136) Get flashing alerts of phone calls & visitors

Care Home Alerting Solution

Wander Alarm (Item 903939) Convenient, Wireless Motion Sensor System

Wander Alarm

Responsible Switch Alert Unit (Item 801341) Provides single switch access with efficient, two-way communication

 Wander Alarm Responsible Switch Alert Unit

MaxiAids’ caregiver alerts store has what you need to keep your loved ones safe in the event of a fall, if they wander off or to provide assistance in times of need. We’re here to help!

26 June, 2019

Deaf twin bloggers create important messages all over the world-- diversity and disability doesn’t mean inability

Being Her

These two East African born twin sisters lost their hearing simultaneously and mysteriously on the same day at age 7.  Faced with a lot of obstacles in their lives, Hermon and Heroda Berhane began to fight for their careers.  The twins became models, on line shop owners, fashion and world travel bloggers, and created their company Being Her-- a sibling concept blog showcasing Travel, Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty and Diversity. The twins have a message that "The belief in being your self is the most powerful beauty product available".  

Their mission: "We want to tell people around the world that you should embrace disability, not hide from it..."

Being Her

"Young people and also people with disabilities are particularly important to us because we want to encourage them to show their individuality and personality to the world."

The two sisters refuse to allow being Deaf to define or hold them back, thriving on positive thinking, and taking on new challenges.  They were nominated for Okay Africa honorees in 2018 and selected as two of the Top 100 Women in the Continent and received recognition from media outlets from around the world (Daily Mail, Elle, Marie Clare, CNN, Oprah Magazine, Blavity and Forbes).

Hermon and Heroda have given talks at Stella McCartney's head offices, Casetify, Deafness and Self Care Panel - Women of the World Festival 2018. Recently they appeared in the BBC series ‘Twinstitute’ and River Islands self-love campaign.

Being Her

"River Islands deserve credit for choosing such an important message to send. We wanted our message to be heard, it’s a powerful message to those people who struggle in life.  We think there’s a lot of rejection and self-loathing and we want to encourage people that it’s okay to be yourself.

We want to educate people what Sign Language is and how beautiful it can be...

Our identity is so important to us; we are proud of who we are, and our deafness is a huge part of our being. Our self-love letter is one of the greatest gifts we can give to the deaf community especially."  

Hermon and Heroda are now being nominated for a National Diversity Award in 2019-- this will empower individuals, communities and companies who have taken equality, diversity and inclusion, and inspire other individuals through their work and commitment to helping others.  

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"We never allow being deaf to limit our ambition and disability doesn’t mean inability. We had to do something about it and make our voice heard!  We want to inspire people with disabilities that they can make their dream come true."

MaxiAids is here to inspire those with disabilities to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life.  We offer many products for the deaf, hearing impaired, low vision aids, blind accessories, physical disabilities and more.  Look to MaxiAids for products to help maximize your potential to succeed in all that you wish to do. 

20 June, 2019

Cooking with Dexterity Complications: MaxiAids Makes Cooking Easy Again!

Living with dexterity complications can be difficult, but MaxiAids has all the products you need to make your everyday life easier. If cooking has lost its appeal because of the obstacles associated with it, take a look at our diverse assortment of kitchen aids that will make you fall in love with cooking all over again. From cooking utensils with wide grips that allow for easy handling, to pot stabilizers that keep your pots in place as you stir, and grippers that allow for gripping hot pots without any safety concerns, MaxiAids’ Cooking section will make even the most mundane kitchen tasks easy again.

6-Piece Kitchen Essentials Set

Non-slip handles make this kitchen essentials set ideal for those living with dexterity complications, Arthritis or Parkinson’s. (Item 550200)

Plastic Colander

The handles on this colander are soft and non-slip for a comfortable grip. Get your firm grip back with the help of this dexterity aid. (Item 551992)

Folding Pot Stabilizer

Stir your mashed potatoes or cake mix for your Sunday family dinner with ease with MaxiAids’ Folding Pot Stabilizer. This device holds onto the pot or bowl to keep it in place as you stir the contents of whatever it is you’re cooking. (Item 16K021)

Hot Hand

Use the hot hand gripper for a firm and safe grasp on your hot pots and pans. The Hot Hand puts safety first with its uniquely designed rubber-molded silicone grip. (Item 20245)

Push and Pull Stick

For those with limited range of motion in the kitchen, use the Push and Pull Stick to adjust the oven rack or to use as a reacher. (Item 16K042)

Stove Knob Turner

The Stove Knob Turner has a large comfort grip for those who need to reach over hot pots on the stove to turn the knobs for adjusting heat. (Item 16K023)

3 Set Jar Openers

Use these easy grip jar openers to gain a firm handle on those hard to open jars and bottles. Set comes with two flat grips. (Item 5532190)

2-in-1 Knife and Cutting Board

This safety cutter is the revolutionary 2-in-1 knife and cutting board that chops and slices your favorite foods in seconds! Ideal for the blind and visually impaired. (Item 550194)

TwistEase 4 in 1 Opener

4 tools with one opener - twist open jars, pop open bottles, pull open cans, and unscrew plastic bottles. Recommended for individuals with limited hand mobility. (Item 197427)

Tovolo Soak N Strain Drain for Easier Living

Simply fill bowl with water, soak, and with a tip of the bowl, water is drained away. The colander and mixing bowl can be used separately. (Item 8110833)

Tovolo Silicone Splatter Screen for Easy Living

Keeps grease and oil from splattering as you cook! Protect counters, stoves and hands from splattering grease or oil. (Item 8110093)

Tovolo Scoop Mess Free One Touch for Living Easier

The easiest and most mess-free way to fill cupcake pans and liners! This is a one-touch, mess-free way of measuring the same amount so your food bakes evenly. (Item 814344)

2 Tier Pure Steam

Cook foods from the bottom up. Steaming your food is made easy. (Item 198203)

We hope these cooking aids have inspired you to get back in the kitchen and cook with confidence again! We can appreciate how challenging living with dexterity complications can be; this is why MaxiAids carries dexterity aids  that will make cooking easier. See our other cooking products and talking cooking aids on our website.

12 June, 2019

Traveling Blind and "Seeing" the World Through All Five Senses...

Travel Travel Travel

Summertime means vacation time for many.  For those who are planning their summer vacations and wish to explore exotic destinations, there are countless opportunities for those with physical disabilities.

Blind travelers now have more travel options with special customized tours.  With the help of sighted guides-- some who even volunteer on the trip, each blind traveler will experience new and exciting adventures and explorations among different cultures, while expanding their senses through sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.  From horseback riding to climbing, boat rides and wine tasting, there are many travel companies now catering to those with physical disabilities, enabling blind travelers a safe and memorable journey.

MaxiAids offers products in helping those who are blind or live with low vision to have more freedom and accessibility in their daily lives.  Our travel products as well as assistive items for daily living enhance the lives of those who are physically challenged.  Believing that physical disabilities do not have to stop people from living a full and gratifying life, MaxiAids carefully chooses these products to allow those to continue on their life adventures with more confidence and ease. 

Travel

Accessible websites and audio brochures offer blind travelers the freedom to book a tour on their own without depending on family members. Knowing there will be guides on the trip to help them "see" the sites by hearing descriptive details will make their trip a truly exciting and rewarding adventure. This alone provides a certain amount of confidence to plan a foreign trip. One travel company assigns a different sighted guide to a blind traveler each day to help them gain a new and diverse perspective of where they are and what is being experienced. The travel company "focuses on stimulating all of the five senses; this means that we can guarantee a truly unique and multi-sensory travel experience."

About Us

More and more travel tour companies are now catering to blind travelers and their companions.  Some of these companies specialize in accommodations suitable for blind guests and their families, unique day excursions, cooking classes, hiking, biking, swimming, zip lining, parasailing and more.  Travel sites are providing those with physical disabilities the opportunity to explore unique venues and exotic locations.  Living one's dream to travel and "see" the world through the five senses has now become a reality with new and accessible destination travel.  - Audrey Leonard

Look to MaxiAids to find products that improve your daily living and allow you to live a life of adventure.  For blind and visually impaired accessories, low vision aids, blind and low vision products, MaxiAids items can help you on your travels and every day journeys.

30 May, 2019

Spoil Dad on Father's Day with products that specialize in low vision, blindness, hearing impairment and physical disabilities

Fathers Day

MaxiAids has a large selection of adaptive and assistive products to choose from to make Dad's life easier.  For all the special Dads (and husbands, grandfathers, uncles, and brothers), look to MaxiAids to find a product that help make those with sight and hearing challenges have more accessibility, or products to just have a little fun.  We offer talking items, hearing amplifiers, braille products, and other items that are perfect for gift giving all year 'round. Enjoy browsing through our catalog of products and gifts for Father's Day.  

3.5x Sports Glasses to help Dad See TV, Movies & Sporting Events More Clearly. (Item R3158)

35x Sports Glasses

Reminder Rosie Talking Alarm Clock with Personalized Voice Reminders sets 25 personalized reminders in any language by day, week, date or even annually. Record your voice and the voices of loved ones to remind Dad of important tasks and appointments. (Item 157320)  

Reminder Rosie Talking Alarm Clock

MaxiSee TV Glasses by Reizen is great for TV, school and sporting events; hands-free eyeglass-style binoculars. (Item 607629)  

Maxisee TV Glasses

Give Dad the right products to help make great tasting and healthier food.  It only takes minutes to grill up some burgers, steaks, chicken or fish in this easy-to-clean, non-stick George Foreman Champ Grill. (Item 551031)  Also available in black.  

George Foreman Champ Grill Red

Oversized Universal Remote Control is easy to see and easy to control, ideal for those who are visually impaired. (Item 3049835)  

Oversized Universal Remote Control

Ameriphone P-300 Amplified Photo Phone allows Dad to call family and friends with the touch of a photo.  Insert 9 photos of Dad's most frequently dialed favorite peeps! And it's hearing aid compatible! (Item P-300) 

Ameriphone P 300 Amplified Photo Phone

Mens Royal Tel-Time One Button Talking Watch with Expansion Band is a Classic Men's Bi-Color watch that speaks the time!  Let the time talk to Dad as he wears this handsome watch! (Item 702542) See our other talking watches, braille watches and watches with alarms.

Mens Royal TelTime One Button Watch with Expansion Band

Tell Dad I love you with this ASL keychain. (Item 252156)

I Love You Dad Keychain Silver

Total Sleep Mask System allows Dad to wake up feeling rested.  Reduces sound and blocks light. One-Size-Fits-All mask covers ears and eyes-- ideal for home and travel. (Item 153655) 

Total Sleep Mask System

ClearBlue Bluetooth TV and Audio Listening System avoids arguments about the TV volume!  Now Dad can listen at the volume of his choice-- in peace-- without disturbing others. (Item 992240)

Clearblue Bluetooth TV and Audio Listening System

Classic Umbrella with Wooden J-Handle has an ageless style and withstands 55-plus MPH wind!  This is a true gentleman's umbrella with a classic look. ( Item 706612BLK)

Classic Umbrella with Wooden J Handle Black

Big Larry Pro with Built-in Clip.  Premier Power Work Light is ready to handle any task at any time. (Item 156340)

Big Larry Pro with Built in Clip

E-Wheels EW-54 4-Wheel Buggie Electric Mobility Scooter is a fun, stylish & safe Mobility Scooter for seniors.  Ideal for scooting around neighborhood residencies, or at golf and sports outings, etc., it will protect Dad from the sun and unexpected rain (Item 505054G).  Also available in red and orange.

e-Wheels EW 54-4 Wheel Buggie Electric Mobility Scooter Sour Apple

Elite Braille Low Vision Playing Cards - Pack of 2 poker size with Braille markings for suits and values. Get a game going with Dad!  These cards are perfect for the blind and low vision players. (Item 405831)

Elite Braille Low Vision Playing Cards Pack of 2

Casino Speed Dealer deals cards like an expert from up to 2 feet away!  Just push the top card forward to quickly and accurately toss to other players around the table, without flipping the cards over. Fits standard size cards and is perfect for one-handed dealing for those with arthritis and dexterity issues. (Item 197871)

Casino Speed Dealer

Carson Magnifying Safety Glasses - 2.5 Diopter + 1.5x Protective Eyewear provides clarity and security. Magnifying lenses clip onto the nose-piece of Dad's glasses with a flip-up lens system for convenient use. (Item 606420)

Casino Speed Dealer

Custom-Made Pinewood Picture Frames - Father in American Sign Language. (Item 812202)

Custom Made Pinewood Picture Frames Father

MaxiAids specializes in products that enhance the lives of those with physical disabilities.  Products for the blind and low vision, low vision aids, hearing impaired, deaf, physically disabled, dexterity aids and more, there's a product that's just right for your loved ones who are faced with daily challenges. Find a perfect gift for Dad to show you care.

13 May, 2019

Do What You Can't

Molly Burke, Blind Motivational Speaker and YouTube media star, inspires people all over the world to live their best life despite whatever challenges they face

At 24 years of age, Molly doesn't view her sight impairment as a disability.  She focuses on being a voice for others living with disabilities.  "Whatever disability you have does not have to define who you are."  

Molly Burke Youtube

There are many new products for the blind that have increased the quality of those who are challenged by vision loss. MaxiAids offers products for the blind, and for people who have low vision and sight impairment, helping make life more independent and enjoyable. "Everyday technology helps me do something I would otherwise struggle to do. Accessibility in tech has come a long way."

Molly's journey into her vision loss and being bullied

Molly began losing her sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa at age 4 and at age 14 lost most of her sight despite seeing light and shadows.  Molly began to experience a lot of bullying in school because of her disability.  After falling and breaking her ankle, she was once left behind by girls who she thought were friends.  As a cruel joke, they led her into the woods instead of the lunchroom, broke her crutches and maliciously abandoned her.  Luckily she had her cell phone on her and called her parents.  Leaving that school behind, Molly went through a difficult time mourning the loss of who she once was.  It took a while to soul search and come out of her depression. 

Campaigning for accessibility

She has proved over the years that anyone can do anything if they work hard and put their mind to it.  Becoming a spokesperson for various foundations fighting blindness, Molly continues to campaign for accessibility and is an advocate for disability rights.  She has become a YouTube star and has created many tutorials with millions of followers, releasing weekly YouTube videos to a worldwide audience.  Molly quoted, "I think failures are what teach us the most".  Molly has traveled all over the world speaking in front of crowds up to 20,000. As a motivational speaker, she shares her story with youth, families and corporate organizations and has even spoken alongside Demi Lovato, Macklemore, Martin Sheen, Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malala Yousafzai and the Kielburger brothers. Her inspiration to others and her young age makes her unique and encouraging.

Molly Burke Blind Youtube Star Opens Up About Overcoming Bullying

Molly's purpose: to bring hope to others

Molly uses humorous vlogs (video blogs) about her life as a blind person, her thoughts, opinions, anti-bullying, beauty tips, and more. She has become an ambassador for American Eagle Outfitters' underwear sub-brand Aerie — targeting young women with ads that are not retouched or with any additional ad imagery. Molly is one of several spokesmodels headlining the brand’s ongoing #AerieReal campaign, featuring women who are making a change in their particular communities from different cultures and industries.  Molly made a guest appearance on the Megyn Kelly TODAY show in 2018 about overcoming bullying.  She has partnered with Samsung on a TV spot for last year’s Oscars, and has currently completed a 10-episode original series in early 2019 created with Samsung called "The 10 Year Journey" where Molly films 10 video blogs during her European travel adventure.  The 10 years relates to her vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa about a decade ago, and how she coped with her journey into blindness.  Molly's own personal ‘Do What You Can’t’ slogan is being used by Samsung in some of their other campaigns. Currently Molly has a strong following of 2.5 million YouTube subscribers as of 2019. --Audrey Leonard

At MaxiAids, look to technology to help you live a fulfilling, positive and active life with helpful products for the blind, low vision products, blind accessories, and products for the visually impaired.    

05 May, 2019

Deaf business owners overcome the stigma of disability, isolation, and high rates of unemployment in the Deaf community...

Hearing Products

National Small Business Week is May 5-11, celebrating small business owners around the country...

More than 70% of deaf Americans have trouble gaining full-time employment, having to rise above obstacles in their careers and face discrimination in their jobs. Lack of promotions and growth in a company, deaf people are pushing employers to become deaf and sign language friendly or beginning to create businesses of their own.  Deaf-owned businesses are popping up nationwide; in Maryland alone, there are now more than 75 deaf-owned businesses.  Ryan Maliszewski, director of the Gallaudet Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute said that owning a business helps to improve confidence and social skills among deaf people.

We at Hearmore and MaxiAids provide deaf and hearing impaired products to help those with hearing loss achieve their goals and improve their confidence in business, individual ownership and social situations.  

Our products such as alerting devices (specialty smoke/CO2 detectors, door-knock and window sensors, communication aids, motion detectors), personal amplified devices (amplified cordless phones, amplified headsets and amplified telephones), and vibrating items like watches and clocks will help add to success in business and around the home.

 New Funding for the Deaf business owner

Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) -- a non-profit company known for its telecommunications and video-based interpretation services -- hopes to make significant changes in the deaf community. CSD is the largest Deaf-led social impact organization in the world, and also an all-virtual company. It has launched a second of its first-ever social venture fund for deaf-owned and operated businesses in the U.S. They have secured millions of dollars in investments since it started the social venture fund last year.  

 Diverse businesses operated by Deaf owners and employees

Pizza Company

Mozzeria Italian Pizzeria in the San Francisco Mission neighborhood is getting a lot of attention in the deaf community.  Mozzeria began in 2011 by a couple who are both deaf. Melody and Russ Stein met at Gallaudet University for the deaf while studying business.  As stated on their website: "Melody's dream was to open and run a restaurant and Russ loves to eat pizza every day." All employees are deaf and trained at Mozzeria, some having their first job ever at the restaurant. There are over 15 deaf employees, and the people who built the restaurant and installed the pizza oven imported from Italy were also deaf, as well as the servers and cooks. The technology they use to take on line orders rely on Video Relay Service (VRF), where deaf and hearing people can communicate easily. Thanks to a social venture fund grant from CSD, the owners are planning on franchising Mozzeria, with their first sight on Austin, TX.  They plan to have franchises all over the U.S. 

Silent Automotive Repair Shop

Silent Automotive Repair Shop in Austin, TX began in 2008 and has deaf mechanics that use their hands to feel the vibrations when a car isn't running correctly. Joel Martinez, mechanic and co-owner of Silent Automotive who is hard of hearing explains, “We're able to feel the problem. It’s got to have some type of vibration that makes the noise.”  The company started with co-owner Danny Blalock and since accrued a loyal deaf and hearing cliental all across the city. Both Blalock and shop foreman Randy Doane are deaf, yet continue to have built up the business successfully.  Besides texting, they rely on a videophone similar to Skype, except with interpreters available if necessary to call clients or vendors. (Austin has become one of the top deaf friendly cities in the U.S., being home to the Texas School for the Deaf.) 

Streetcar 82 Brewery

Streetcar 82 Brewery located in Hyattsville, Maryland opened in July of 2018 by co-founders Sam Costner, Mark Burke, and Jon Cetrano-- all graduates of D.C.’s Gallaudet University.  Their business venture was inspired by a similarity and passion for home-brewed beer.  Burke says they had a meeting which successfully 'brewed' at his house, trying out a sampling of beers he and Cetrano had made together — among them a pale ale they’ve since modified and added to their brewery’s revolving menu. This helped to make the conclusion that it was good enough to serve to the beer loving public. "The brewery’s spacious layout and diffused natural light adhere to 'DeafSpace' design principles suited for the sensory and communicative abilities of people who are hard of hearing. This happened 'by happy accident' due to the location and building that we were fortunate to get. We want to be a brewery where the community all comes together and interact, whether they are deaf or hearing, partially or fully deaf and capable of communicating in American Sign Language”

Starbucks

Although Starbucks is not a small business by any means and not individually owned, they have created their first ASL location in the U.S. near the Gallaudet University in Washington DC, hiring partially or fully deaf employees capable of communicating in American Sign Language. The coffee company opened the store in 2018, which it calls itself a Signing Store, hiring as many as 25 people from across the country who know ASL to work and manage the store.  The store is using digital displays and notepads, and an ordering console with two-way keyboards for customers and employees to type back and forth. Well established companies like Starbucks are opening the doors to the deaf community for employment, creating a new format for future businesses to do the same. 

We are making history,” Howard Rosenblum, chief executive officer of the National Association of the Deaf, said at the store’s opening celebration. “Please lead the way for other corporations and other businesses to open other signing stores and restaurants.”  When a business markets to the deaf community, it qualifies as deaf-friendly, providing customers with clear visual information, and trains hearing staff in sign language with policies that encourage hiring and training deaf people. A business professor at Gallaudet University, Baldridge teaches business to Gallaudet students, and how to adopt deaf-friendly practices. He also teaches the students how to open businesses of their own. --Audrey Leonard

MaxiAids provides products to help improve the lives of those who are hearing impaired, are hard of hearing, deaf, suffer from hearing loss, and other products for accessibility and an active lifestyle.  Look to MaxiAids for the latest in hearing technology to help support an enhanced quality of life.

25 April, 2019

Mother's Day gifts to make her life easier and show you care...

Express your love on Mother's Day with thoughtful and helpful gifts and ideas from MaxiAids.  We carry products for the blind, low vision, deaf, hearing impaired and physically challenged...

Conair Body Benefits Massaging Heated Rest

When Mom uses this Conair Body Benefits Massaging Heated Neck Rest, she will experience soothing relief from neck pain. Pick one of the variable vibration speeds for ideal comfort. Powerful heated massage action soothes the upper back and neck (Item #156684). Pair up with a gift certificate to her favorite spa for a relaxing massage experience for her to look forward to.

Footmate Complete Foot Care System

FootMate Complete Foot Care System cleans, soothes & massages her feet in the shower. Foot care is a daily challenge, but the Podiatrists recommended FootMate System which makes optimal foot health easy. It is a complete foot care system for cleaning, soothing, stimulating, and massaging her feet every time she showers (Item #153260).  A pedicure or relaxing reflexology foot massage at her favorite nail salon would complement this gift for Mother's Day.

Conair Illuminating Three Panel Makeup Mirror

This Three Panel Makeup Mirror has 4 light settings: Evening, Home, Office, and Day. 1x to 5x magnification. It also has a center panel swivel to provide exact makeup application (Item #608675). Perhaps add a gift card to her favorite make up counter or store as well! See our other mirror selections...

I Love You Mom Keychain Matte Silver

I Love You MOM Keychain keeps Mom's keys safe and reminds her that she's loved every time she reaches for them. (Item #252162)  Available in Matte Silver or Matte Gold colored.

ILY Mom Heart Necklace 18in Chain Silver

Silver-plated heart pendant on an 18 inch silver chain is a sweet gift for deaf and hearing impaired moms (Item #252184).  See our other ASL jewelry for different options to make your hearing impaired loved ones feel special. 

Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock Pink

Sonic Boom Sweetheart Alarm Clock - Pink Extra-Loud Vibrating Alarm is designed especially for women with hearing impairment; with its heart-shaped hot pink color and multi-colored display, waking up in the morning will never be the same. This alarm clock includes a pillow vibrator, so she won't disturb anyone else, yet will never miss an appointment. (Item #SBH400SSP) Clock is also available in black.

LED Book Light Hobby Light and Task Light

LED Book Light Hobby Light and Task Light clamps to books, projects or stands on table. This flexible light will help her see well during tasks and reading. (Item #6703514) Include a book she'd like to read for a great mother's day themed gift! See our other book reader lights.

Ladies Talking Watch with Rhinestone Bezel and Expansion Band English

Ladies Talking Watch with Rhinestone Bezel and Expansion Band in English (Spanish version available). Press a Button and Hear the Time Announced. Beautifully designed Ladies Tel-Time Talking Analog Watch with rhinestone bezel offers time and alarm announcement in a clear male voice. Ideal for blind and low vision users. (Item #703675)

Reizen Ladies Bi Color Square Braille Watch Expansion Band

Reizen Ladies Bi-Color Square Braille Watch-with Expansion Band... Stylish, functional mother's day gift with a 6 o'clock opening elegant quartz watch that's as attractive as it is functional. Durable hands were designed for reliable touch reading of time by the blind and visually impaired woman. (Item #707794) See our other Braille watches.

OttLite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White OttLite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White OttLite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White OttLite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base White

Ott-Lite Glow LED Desk Lamp with Color Changing Base is the ultimate mood lighting for her room. Base glows in the color of choice, allowing her mood to choose the lighting or let it cycle continuously through the entire 256-color spectrum. Helps to see details clearly and reduce glare and eyestrain with its natural daylight LED illumination. This is a fun light that will make her smile and create a happy mood, yet functional to charge tablets and phones as well. (Item #679229)

Conair Ladies Wet Dry Rechargeable Shaver

Conair satiny smooth ladies wet/dry rechargeable shaver - rechargeable razor with 30 minutes of continuous operation. Wet/dry convenience in and out of shower. For a smooth shave she will love. (Item #5059350)

Automatic Pill Dispenser Automatic Pill Dispenser Automatic Pill Dispenser

Auto Pill Dispenser dispenses the right medications at the right time, ensuring her medications are taken properly and on schedule! Has up to 6 daily doses with a built-in programmable timer and a loud beeping signal (3 tone settings) sounds when it is time to take the medication. (Item# 159032)

See our other Mother's Day products and gifts for the women in your life.  Show your appreciation and thoughtfulness with gifts that enhance their lives to help ease the physical challenges faced on a daily basis.