Ask an Expert

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English (adj.) < Latin expertus, past participle of experīrī to try, experience

Every day we live with the need to communicate. We need to rise above simple translation and see the meaning, when we build a website we need to include everyone (not just the sighted) and when we travel we are faced with challenging physical barriers. I know what it's like and think I have the depth and resources to help others make the right decisions.

Each month I will be responding to a question, chosen from a pool of some of the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and continue to be asked. A complete archive of "Ask an Expert" articles can be found here.

Donna Jodhan, a woman with short dark hair and glasses, sits at a table with a laptop in front of her.

This month, I'd like to answer the following question:

A more accessible cubicle

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these thoughts.

You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and external costs and here's how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

Now as a sight loss coach I am helping consumers with sight loss to become more aware of their environment and their requirements and this is helping companies to have a better understanding of how they need to plan and execute their initiatives.

There is no doubt that with the challenges of Covid, we all need to think about what is going to make a cubicle more accessible moving forward and here are some suggestions.

  • If you can, design your cubicle so that social distancing can be adhered to.
  • One of the important things to remember is that your cubicle does not have to take pattern after the mainstream cubicle in the workplace.
  • That is, your cubicle could be set up in your home, even in your back yard, in your driveway, and in your home office.
  • You need to find the appropriate place to set up your cubicle.
  • Make sure that you stock your cubicle with such things as hand sanitizers, wet wipes, and disinfecting sprays.
  • Make sure that your cubicle has enough space to accommodate persons with mobile devices; wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and so on.
  • Make sure that your cubicle has enough air circulation.

I know that it may not always be possible to adhere to this but these are only some important suggestions for you to keep in mind.

To contact me please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca!
I'm Donna J. Jodhan (sight loss coach and accessibility advisor)