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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.

29 November, 2018

Beat the stress this season with tips for a calm and happy holiday

December is here and that means the holiday craze is just beginning.  During this busy month of the year, it's important to take time for yourself and get plenty of rest and relaxation. Especially for people faced with special needs and are physically challenged, rest and relaxation is an essential part of emotional and physical well-being. 

With so many helpful products that enhance relaxation, comfort and a restful night's sleep, MaxiAids has you covered!  You can choose from a large assortment of meaningful items for yourself, or as gifts for those on your holiday list.

Enjoy the holidays and melt stress away with some of these tips from MaxiAids...

  • Try to get your 8 hours of ZZZZZZZZZZs
  • Take a nap when the opportunity presents itself
  • Stretch, exercise, meditate and deep breathe
  • Make time for what you love to do/hobbies, entertainment, etc.
  • Listen to music, read a good book, watch a movie
  • Drink lots of water and stay hydrated

Getting enough sleep is ultra important to keep your immune system at top notch,   particularly during the holiday season when life just seems to get busier.  With crowded stores and more social gatherings, people are more at risk for getting sick.  Make sure a restful night's sleep is in your nightly plan so you can feel your best each and every day.    

MaxiAids offers sleep enhancing products that help lull you into a deep night's sleep. Our sleep sound therapy machines help clear the mind and calm you with different choices of sounds.  Perhaps listening to a babbling brook or ocean surf to lead you into a restful dream... 

Sleep Sound Therapy Sleep Sound Therapy

The best way to relax is to support those parts of the body that hurt.  With moldable cushions, and contoured, support and massage pillows, search through our many soft, comfort-promoting products to give you or your loved ones relief from those aches and pains.

Pillow Massage

Exercise and stretching will also calm you and keep you from getting stressed during the holidays.  Look to portable exercise equipment and exercise DVDs to keep you or someone on your gift list on a healthy wellness path.  Give a boost of energy with exercises that get blood flow pumping!  Relax, energize and stay healthy with products to stay strong, fit and limber.  

Yoga Exercise DVD Exercise

If reading, watching television, and listening to music are your escapes from the holiday craze, MaxiAids has products that enhance hearing and helps with low vision so you can enjoy your books, movies and music.  Products such as text to speech readers, listening amplifiers, and magnifying eyeglasses will enhance your entertainment experience. 

TV Listening Amplified Devices
Book Readers Book Readers Book Readers Book Readers

Stay hydrated and energized!  Drinking lots of water is essential to help combat fatigue and achy joints, and will help boost exercise performance. Water delivers oxygen and transports nutrients throughout the body, lubricating the joints, and alleviating aches and muscle cramps from dehydration.  

Drinking Drinking Drinking

Keep up with your hobbies and activities that make you feel good emotionally as well as physically.  Staying fulfilled promotes happiness and well-being, enriches our lives, and takes our mind off of stress when we are involved in something we love to do. With lighted magnifying glass, page magnifiers, video magnifiers, tactile, talking and assistive cooking products and other gifts for visually impaired users, these helpful products allow those to continue their hobbies for reading, crafting, cooking and more.  

Hobby Light Cooking

Making time for yourself will keep you more relaxed and joyful, so that you can give your best self to others!   Stay healthy and well rested, have fun, and experience this holiday season with relaxation and comfort products, sleep aids, visual aids, and gifts for the blind and visually impaired.  MaxiAids is here to help those with low vision, blindness, hearing impairment, and physical challenges live a more rewarding and productive life. --Audrey Leonard