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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." 

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'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

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 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 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”

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.