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Blog posts for June, 2019

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!
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.  

ASL

"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. -- Audrey Leonard

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.