#WATWB: Smiling Through a Mask

From NBC – The Today Show:

“When Asli Knowles saw Dr. Brian Travers’ clear masks on Instagram she had to have one. Knowles works at a grocery store and wanted people to see her face. And, she wanted to communicate with deaf and hard of hearing customers without risking their health. When she requested a mask, Travers’ felt so moved that he wrote a letter to her managers.”

Dr. Travers lost his hearing in 2002 due to brittle bone disease and has recently learned to sew see-through masks to help the hearing impaired and people like Asli Knowles who wants to smile at her customers. Dr. Travers’ mask business is called Anchor Handmade Designs, borne out of his disability and which has become a blessing to many.

Read the complete story HERE.


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18 responses to #WATWB: Smiling Through a Mask

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Exactly Dan. From his own hearing loss, Dr. Travers completely understood his masks would make that difference.

  1. Thanks for sharing! What a generous fellow, and helpful creation. I’ll get one for my hairdresser; she’s hearing impaired and used to reading lips to understand what folks say.

  2. Susan Scott says:

    Thanks Mary – this is truly wonderful. Travers knew from his own experience how important that smile is as a way to break down barriers. Will share – maybe someone here in South Africa can take up the challenge.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Susan, it would be great to spread this innovative and much-needed mask making to help those who need to see our faces in South Africa. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Exactly, Damyanti. I never would have thought about the need for a clear mask, but it makes complete sense for the hearing impaired population.

  3. ericlahti says:

    It’s so cool to see the cottage industries that have popped up in response to the pandemic. Masks, especially, have exploded in design and functionality. Good for this guy! Find a need and fill it!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      There are a lot of great mask designs out there (cats and Star Trek), but this guy wins the innovation and function award.

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