Donald Trump Ordered Illegal Removal of Braille Because ‘No Blind People are going to live there!

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Donald Trump Ordered Illegal Removal of Braille Because ‘No Blind People are
Going to Live in Trump Tower’: Report

By Jessica Kwong, On September 12, 2018.

donald trump, braille, trump tower
Then-President-elect Donald Trump boards the elevator after escorting
Martin Luther King III to the lobby after meetings at Trump Tower in New
York City on January 16, 2017. Trump ordered that braille be excluded
from residential elevators because “no blind people are going to live in
Trump Tower,” a former Trump Organization employee alleged.
DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images

President Donald Trump allegedly ordered an architect not to include braille
in Trump Tower elevator panels because “no blind people” would live in his
building-even after being informed that excluding the tactile
writing system is against federal law.

The alleged interaction was recounted by Barbara Res, who led construction
at the Trump Organization, in an opinion piece in the New York Daily News on
Wednesday.

“What’s this?” Trump, noticing the small raised dots, reportedly asked the
architect who went to his office to show what the residential elevator
interiors would look like.

“Braille,” the architect responded.

Trump apparently demanded that the architect take the feature out.

“We can’t,” the architect replied. “It’s the law.”

“Get rid of the [expletive] braille. No blind people are going to live in
Trump Tower,” Trump shouted, according to Res. “Just do it.”

donald trump, braille, trump tower
Then-President-elect Donald Trump boards the elevator after escorting
Martin Luther King III to the lobby after meetings at Trump Tower in New
York City on January 16, 2017. Trump ordered that braille be
excluded from residential elevators because “no blind people are going to
live in Trump Tower,” a former Trump Organization employee alleged.
DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images

The architect pushed back, making Trump yet more mad. The future president
also apparently called the architect weak, considered architects and
engineers to be weak unlike construction workers, and enjoyed
tormenting weak people.

Trump ordered “outrageous or just plain stupid ideas, both legal and
illegal. Sometimes those lines were blurred,” Res wrote.
Trump deep down did not expect that the architect would take out the
braille, according to Res. She brought up the incident, of which the date is
unknown, because it drew a resemblance to absurd alleged
exchanges detailed by investigative journalist Bob Woodward in his new book
Fear: Trump in the White House, and in an anonymous op-ed by a senior Trump
administration member published in The New York Times
last week.

Woodward illustrated an unpredictable life inside the White House as Trump
made major policy decisions often on a whim. The op-ed writer, meanwhile,
stated: “There is a quiet resistance within the administration of
people choosing to put country first.”

Res said she “wasn’t surprised” by snippets in either piece, and that Trump
even in the past “would expect people to lie for him.”
“Trump is really not all that different now, but the stakes are higher,” Res
wrote. “The ‘just do its’ are getting done. And they are not directed at
carpenters and painters or fan magazines. Now they’re about alienating
allies, cozying up to dictators and employing dangerous nonsensical economic
tactics.”

Other accounts of Trump diverting from normal etiquette at his properties
have emerged. Trump reportedly called Todd Brassner, a longtime resident at
Trump Tower who died in an April fire in his apartment there, a
“crazy Jew.” Brassner later said he was not a Jew, but rather a Hebrew.

2018 Newsweek LLC
Newsweek Media Group

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-braille-blind-people-1118601

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Too much noise

Greetings and o yes! It is the second weekend in October and I am delighted
to be with you once more.
Today, I am delighted to share our president’s editorial with you and for
this week Donna J. Jodhan talks about it being too much noise in the world
today.
This is a must read article and I encourage you to read on.
Enjoy your weekend.
I’m Scott Savoy

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Too much noise
By Donna J. Jodhan

Believe it or not there was definitely a time when we could hear ourselves
think for those very precious few minutes. A time when the world was much
quieter, there was much less activity but in essence we were much further
away from each other distance wise. That is, it took longer to travel from
place to place when it came to air travel.

Fast forward to at least 3 decades later and now travel time between
destinations has been cut drastically thanks to faster aircrafts and
improved technology. This has made the world much smaller so to speak and
let’s throw in the advent of social media, emails, the cell phone and o yes!
The good old Internet.

This has all combined to improve things for almost all of us but along with
it has come the arrival of much more noise! Gone are the days of writing
letters and sending greeting cards in the mail. Gone are the days of making
those weekly long distance calls via land lines to be replaced by technology
that brings us much closer to each other but along with it has come more
noise; both natural and the so-called white noise.

For me, I have to sheepishly admit that it is a bit too much noise for me.
Sometimes the noise is just so great that I cannot even hear myself think
let alone hear my poor old heart beat!

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

Now you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter.
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Top advocacy article of the week – Blind Workers Test Limitations of Online Hiring Systems

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Blind Workers Test Limitations of Online Hiring Systems

By Patrick Dorrian

Bloomburg, Aug. 21, 2018

Hard Rock Cafe. GameStop. Dart Container. Albertsons. What do the
theme-restaurant chain, gaming
retailer, foam cup maker, and grocery store chain have in common? All are
accused of having online job
application systems that blind workers can’t access fully.

And all four companies face lawsuits in California federal court alleging
discrimination against blind and
visually impaired job seekers at the very outset of the job search process.
And they’re not alone. Since
April, seven other employers have similarly been sued under California law
in state court.

The cases draw attention to “huge” problems for many visually impaired
Americans: accessing online job sites and unemployment, the American
Foundation for the Blind’s
Megan Dodd told Bloomberg Law.

Nearly six out of 10 blind and visually impaired Americans are unemployed,
Dodd said. Many factors are
to blame, but a leading one is that these workers can’t make full use of
employers’ online hiring systems,
said Dodd, the director of AFB’s Center on Vision Loss.

How many employers don’t have fully accessible online job application
systems? One of every four is a
good “rough estimate,” Professor Peter Blanck of Syracuse University told
Bloomberg Law. Most Fortune
500 and other large employers have fully functioning job sites, so the
problem is usually with smaller
employers, he said.

But it isn’t clear whether authority exists for holding a company
accountable when not all job seekers
are able to immediately access all aspects of its online jobs page,
management-side attorney Minh N. Vu
said.
Employers’ legal liability is “untested,” she said. At the same time,
“litigation is expensive and
uncertain.” It can make more sense simply to cure the accessibility issue,
she said. Vu is with Seyfarth
Shaw LLP.

The lawsuits involve “the intersection of technology and civil rights,”
attorney Scott J. Ferrell told Bloomberg Law. Ferrell is lead counsel for
the workers in the lawsuits, all of
which are represented by Pacific Trial Attorneys.

Many of the public accommodation cases have settled as “most companies have
done the right thing
and changed their practices,” he said. Employers that don’t update their
jobs sites risk potentially
significant damages at trial.

“I’ve found these cases resonate well with most jurors,” Ferrell said. Jury
awards for employment
discrimination “routinely exceed $1 million,” he said.

More Suits Coming

The lawsuits against Hard Rock Cafe International (USA) Inc., GameStop Inc.,
Dart Container Corp., and
Albertsons LLC were all filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central
District of California. They allege
the companies’
jobs pages aren’t designed to be fully accessible to visually impaired
workers who need screen-reader
software to navigate internet sites.

In each case, the job seekers only sued after first asking the employer on
three separate occasions to fix
its site and receiving no substantive response, the lawsuits say. By not
acting, each company violated its
obligation under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act to reasonably
accommodate disabled
workers after initially failing to at least discuss potential solutions with
the job seekers and their lawyers,
according to the lawsuits.

Newport Beach, Calif.-based Pacific Trial Attorneys has filed seven similar
employment cases in
California state court against Owens Corning, Michael’s Stores Inc., First
American Financial Corp., Los
Angeles World Airports, Agilent Technologies Inc., The Servicemaster Co.,
and Herbalife International of
America Inc. It also has brought dozens of lawsuits under the public
accommodation requirements of
disability rights laws challenging the general usability of companies’
websites by the blind and visually
impaired.

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act, unlike the federal Americans
with Disabilities Act, also
provides for monetary damages for failing to accommodate and failing to
discuss potential
accommodations with workers.

“Because the ADA does not provide for monetary damages, claims for damages
under state laws usually
motivate companies to do the right thing in a way that ‘pure’ ADA claims
(which can only seek an
injunction) do not,” Ferrell told Bloomberg Law.

More lawsuits will soon be filed against employers in Virginia and Florida,
Ferrell said.

Bloomberg Law reached out to each of the 11 companies. Six declined to
comment on the lawsuit
against them, citing the pending nature of the litigation. Four companies
discussed their accessibility
programs, and Michael’s Stores added that it believes the case against it
“is without merit” and that the
company will “defend it vigorously.”

Federal Law Murky

There is no clear basis under current federal law for holding employers
liable for website accessibility
issues, Vu said. The guidelines cited by Pacific Trial Attorneys in the
lawsuits are a set of international
rules that aren’t binding on most U.S. employers, she said.

But those rules version 2.0 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are
the only real guidance “out
there” at the moment, Vu said. The U.S.
government has made WCAG 2.0 mandatory for government agency websites and
various other
countries have taken similar steps. “It’s become the de facto standard and
has been cited by” the U.S.
departments of Justice and Education, she said.

U.S. agencies that enforce workplace discrimination laws haven’t taken a
hard line on the issue, Vu said.
The Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which
has enforcement
jurisdiction over government contractors, says only that there may be a
benefit to having online job
sites that are fully accessible to as many disabled applicants as possible.
The Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, which watches over private businesses, “has been
quiet” on the subject apart
from issuing an informal opinion letter in 2003, Vu said.

The province of Ontario, Canada, is the only place where the guidelines are
also mandatory for large
private-sector employers, she said.

Private-sector employers may be able to argue that they’ve met their
obligations under federal law if
they can show they’ve included on their jobs portal a statement indicating
that blind and visually
impaired applicants can contact the company for help with any accessibility
problems, Vu said. But any
procedure the employer provides for seeking assistance with jobs-page
accessibility would have to
comply with the reasonable accommodation process called for under the
employment provisions of the
ADA, she said.

Albertsons told Bloomberg Law it “has a practice of interacting with
individuals with disabilities, whether
in person or online, to identify and provide reasonable accommodation during
the employment
application process.”

Michael’s Stores similarly touted it’s “robust accommodation process” and
ready provision of reasonable
accommodations to job applicants in need.

Awareness and Inclusion

Intentional bias likely isn’t behind the accessibility problems blind and
visually impaired workers
applicants face, Dodd of the American Foundation for the Blind and others
told Bloomberg Law.

“I think it’s a lack of awareness in most situations,” Dodd said.

“Attitudes about inclusion is the real problem,” Blanck said. Jobs-page
“accessibility is just a symptom.”
Blanck is chairman of Syracuse’s Burton Blatt Institute and the author of
several books on disabilities
laws, including e-Quality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by People with
Cognitive Disabilities.

Dodd said the AFB is teaming with the federal government’s AbilityOne
Commission and others on a
project that may provide some answers on the extent, causes, and potential
fixes for the jobs-page
accessibility issue and other employment barriers blind workers face.

Fix Is Low-Cost but Not Always Easy

Ferrell said fixing website accessibility issues “is quick and easy” and
typically takes only an investment
of a few hours and a few hundred dollars.

But the solution isn’t always that easy, according to Vu.

Most employers use third-party vendors to build their sites. The vendor may
be reluctant to make
changes, especially to the sort of off-the-shelf products smaller employers
purchase, she said. Employers
often lack any leverage to force a vendor to redesign a jobs page, Vu said.

Indeed, the Hard Rock Cafe said it’s been working with an accessibility
consultant for several years, “well
before this lawsuit was filed.” The company had already “implemented the
relevant portions of the
World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines,” putting
it in compliance with the
ADA, a company spokeswoman said.

Owens Corning told Bloomberg Law it utilizes a combination of “internal and
third-party resources to
develop a state-of-the-art user interface, which continues to improve for
all users, including those with
visual impairments.”

Employers should explicitly state when retaining a third-party platform
provider that the site the vendor
is contracting to deliver will be fully accessible to blind, visually
impaired, and all other job seekers, Vu
said.
Better yet, enforcement authorities should adopt clear-cut regulations
requiring platform providers to
meet WCAG 2.0 or similar standards, she said.

The continued lack of mandatory design and implementation rules is “to the
detriment” of companies
facing potential liability under employment and public accommodations laws
as well as the people those
laws are meant to protect, Vu said.

https://www.bna.com/blind-workers-test-n73014481885/

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Scam alerts! Keep abreast and avoid them

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!
It’s all about scam alerts!

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Scams of the week –

* New scams:
1. People offering to buy things online from you.
Be very careful with this one.
What is happening is that you have something to sell and someone contacts
you after you advertise it online.
You arrange to meet but when you meet they grab your product, probably beat
you, and run away without paying you.

* old scams:
1. the Fedex email telling you that you have a parcel to collect and that
you need to click on the link to download details.
No, do not click. Simply delete this email if you are not expecting any
parcel.

2. Emails that bounce but you never sent one.
Yes, just another scammer trying to entice you to respond and then bingo!
Your info will be exposed if you slip and reply.

3. The Amazon is still hanging around.
You receive a phone call telling you that you have won a prize.
You know what to do; just hang up.

Until next week:

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Builders and busters

Greetings and welcome to the month of October and a very happy Thanksgiving
to our Canadian friends and neighbours.
Today, we are delighted to share our president’s editorial with you and for
this holiday weekend, Donna J. Jodhan talks about busters and builders.
Happy holiday weekend!
I’m Christian Robicheau

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Builders and busters
By Donna J. Jodhan

There are builders and then there are busters. Builders are the ones who
never ask for anything in return but busters are those who are determined to
rip apart what builders have worked so hard to build.

Builders are the ones who never ask what their country can do for them; they
ask what they can do for their country. On the other hand, busters do not
ask anything; their only agenda is to destroy everything good.

I am sure that if we take a few minutes to think things through we will
quickly discover that we are surrounded by both; privately as well as
publicly. Unfortunately for our world, there are too many busters and not
enough builders. We need to turn this around and do it as quickly as we
can.

The world needs many more builders in order to ensure that our future is
safe and secure. We do not need busters to wreck our hopes and dreams.

Just my thoughts for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

Now you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter.
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Top advocacy article of the week – 49% of Disabled People Feel Excluded From Society

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articles on topics pertaining to advocacy.

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49% of Disabled People Feel Excluded From Society

By Rahul Verma

Rights Info, Aug. 23, 2018

Nearly half of disabled people feel excluded from society and day to day
life, according to a new report
by disability charity Scope.

The report, “Independent. Confident. Connected.” polled 2000 working age
disabled people in Britain. It
found that 41% don’t feel valued, and only 42% feel the UK is a good place
for disabled people to live.

Just 23% of respondents feel valued by society, one third experience
prejudice in their day to day lives,
and two thirds say they have stopped doing something in the past year
because of other people’s
attitudes.

The report outlines key steps that could substantially improve the lives of
disabled people, including
changing people’s attitudes. Other important steps include ensuring that
disabled people can get into
work and stay in work, have the right care and social connections, be able
to access and use digital
technology, and be able to travel on public transport how and when they
want.

Equality Under The Law But Not In Practice?

The Equality Act 2010 states that disabled people should be treated equally,
and protection from
discrimination applies in many situations such as education, employment,
exercise of public functions,
goods, services, facilities and transport.

The Equality Act incorporated a range of disability rights into UK law. This
includes article 14 of the
Human Rights Convention, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of
disability and other key
characteristics.

The Equality Act also incorporates key aspects of the Convention on the
Rights of Persons with
Disabilities into UK law. This important treaty was drawn up in 2006, and
article 1 states that the
purpose of the treaty is to:
“promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human
rights and fundamental
freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their
inherent dignity.”

However, as today’s report has revealed, formal laws are one thing but
practical application is quite
another. Unless disabled people are actually able to enjoy these rights in
their day to day lives, some
might question the point of having these laws at all.

Fighting for Equality for One in Five People

Scope is actively fighting for equality for disabled people with its
#DisabilityGamechanger campaign

There are 14 million disabled people – one in five people – in Britain
today, and Scope is fighting for their
fair and equal treatment, through its Disability Game Changer campaign.

James Taylor, Head of Campaigns at Scope, said: “We believe life in 2018 is
just too tough if you’re
disabled and we believe that needs to change.”

“Equality legislation is one thing but changing minds is quite another.”

“Today we’re calling on everyone, whether you’re an individual, an employer,
a business, a government
department, or an organisation to step up and demonstrate what you’re doing
for disabled people to
make a difference for disability equality and really tackle some of these
issues.”

“Despite the fact we’ve had equality legislation for 20 years, and the
Equality Act for the last eight years,
I think what’s clear is just how much is left to do, and how equality
legislation is one thing but changing
minds is quite another – from tackling poor attitudes in the workplace to
increasing funding for social
care so people can get out of the house.”

A year ago an EHRC report highlighted that disabled people are marginalised
in the UK, and a UN report
declared the government’s treatment of disabled people a ‘human
catastrophe’.

Clearly there is much work to do, from all sections of society, to achieve
equality for disabled people –
not only because it is enshrined in law, but simply because it is the right
thing to do.

49% of Disabled People Feel Excluded From Society

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Human Rights 101- here are some basics

Greetings and welcome to our weekend feature.
Today, we are delighted to share our president’s weekly editorial with you
and for today Donna J. Jodhan focuses her attention on the basics of Human
Rights.
We wish you a great weekend.
I’m Scott Savoy

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Human Rights 101
By Donna J. Jodhan

Okay; before I start I’d like to clearly define my audience here and today I
am focusing on those who may want to learn a bit more about the meaning of
Human Rights and this is strictly in my humble and respectful opinion.

I believe that it all comes down to educating and helping to build
awareness. For fair is fair; we should not expect all of society to know
how to react, what to say, and how and when to communicate with those who
have a disability, seniors, and those who are vulnerable.

So for what it is worth, here are a few points from me as one who is vision
impaired.
* We need to be treated with respect and courtesy.
* Our needs need to be verbalized and understood.
* We need to be treated as Human Beings and not as luggage or packages.
* We need to be communicated with directly and not through anyone else.
* We need to understand that one size does not fit all. That is that one
cannot treat all persons with a disability in the same way.
* A particular solution may fill the needs of one specific group of persons
with a disability but not another.
An example of this are the check in kiosks at airports.
* One should realize that most blind and vision impaired persons do not need
wheelchairs at airports. Just remember; most blind and vision impaired
persons can walk.
* We need to recognize that the bread and butter consumer of the very near
future is going to be persons with disabilities and seniors.
* No need to yell at a person who is either blind or vision impaired when
talking with them. They can hear but they cannot see.
* When communicating with a person with a disability, it is best to ask them
how you can be of assistance. You should never shove or push them.

Just my two cents worth for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

Now you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter.
‘Let’s Talk Tips’ is your monthly resource for the most current and reliable
informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media,
Business, and Advocacy.
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top tech tip of the week – Meet the Rock On app

If you are in the market for something to help you save time while at the
same time pop a problem; then you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find something to help you just do that and if you would
like to learn more then visit us at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld and like us on facebook at
www.facebook.com/donnajodhan

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Meet the Rock On app
– A SongPop Adventure
(iOS, Free with In-App Purchases)

If you were ever looking to just relax and have some fun in the world of
Rock then this app is definitely for you!

You definitely will not be sorry if you download this app. So much
entertainment to be had and we urge you to read on.

Crank up the volume and join the band — it’s time to ROCK ON! Quiz
yourself on the best of Rock in this spin-off of SongPop, the award-winning
music trivia game.
Embark on an adventure through the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll! Listen to
clips of Rock hits and guess the correct artist or song. Shred your way
through Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock, Pop Rock, Indie Rock, and
more. Master each level and become a Rock Legend!

Read Rock On’s AppleVis iOS App Directory entry for more information
http://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/rock-songpop-adventure
Visit Rock On’s page on the App Store
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rock-on-a-songpop-adventure/id892818311?mt=8&uo=8&at=11l4LS

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Scam alerts – scams of the week

Hello everyone and we at the business desk are introducing a new feature to
help you become more aware of those nasty scams making the rounds.
This is going to be a weekly feature and we hope that you take advantage of
our info as it will help you to stay out of the way of scams and scammers!
It’s all about scam alerts!

You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Scams of the week –

* New scams:
1. You receive a text message on your i device from Bell mobility telling
you that you have won a reimbursement and to login to a url to claim your
reimbursement.
This is nothing but a scam as no company would ever notify you in this
manner and especially when you do not even do business with Bell Mobility.
You know what to do; delete this text.

2. An email from Amazon telling you that your online account has been shut
down due to multiple attempts to access your account.
You are asked to login and change your password.
No, no! Simply delete this email.

* old scams:
1. A threatening phone call telling you that you need to contact the IRS
because you owe money.
No, you do not; you would never be notified in this manner.
Hang up on this automated recording.

2. Your email has bounced!
If you never sent one then how can it bounce?
Just delete this one as well.

3. You need to pick up a parcel.
It’s an email just trying to poke you; it is a phishing email.
Just delete it.

Until next week.

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The second class syndrome

Greetings and I hope that everyone is enjoying this month of September.
Guess what? Fall is now here and with it comes the building of an
expectation for the forthcoming holiday season.
However, let us not get ahead of ourselves. First things first!
Time to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and for today Donna
J. Jodhan talks about the second class syndrome.
I urge you to read on.
Enjoy your weekend.
I’m Christian Robicheau

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The second class syndrome
By Donna J. Jodhan

You’re probably wondering what I am referring to today and I am going to do
my best to explain. I think that I can put forth a good case for the title
of my editorial.

We continue to see instances where companies deliberately choose to cut
services for special needs consumers whenever they are in a so-called cost
crunch; should we then assume that we are being treated as second class?

We continue to hear the same old excuses from entities such as airlines and
airport authorities when it comes to not wanting to provide equal access to
their services; should we assume then that they consider us to be second
best or second class citizens?

The same conditions exist whenever companies are challenged over their
inaccessible and unusable websites; why is this? Could we say then that
this is a classic case of second class syndrome?

Then how about this circumstance! Banks are moving towards the abolishment
of bank books and are pushing hard for persons to engage more in online
banking. All well and good but there is a large segment of the public that
has real concerns with this. Seniors and the print disabled! Have banks
somehow forgotten to factor in the needs of this large and growing segment?

Just ask the Greater Toronto Airport Authority for their views; why is it
that they deliberately continue to ignore the requests, pleadings, and
complaints of persons with disabilities. Or better still; ask them for
their opinions re why is it that they continue to do so!

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend.
To reach me, please send an email to info@sterlingcreations.ca

Here is a complete list of where you can view Donna’s blogs and editorials.
Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
http://www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
http://www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm
Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog
Learn more about Author Donna Jodhan and her campaign against bullying at
www.jodhanmysterybook.club
Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

And now her weekly podcast at www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html
From recipes to apps, and from 5 minutes mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs
and alerts on the latest scams
Available for download from iTunes and Google music play.

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and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
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