Gazing through my crystal ball – a weather forecast

Happy 2022 everyone and I’m Christian Robicheau at the business desk.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful festive season for 2021 and we all look forward to a better 2022.

For this week, I am delighted to share our president’s editorial and today Donna J. Jodhan does some crystal ball gazing!

Why not take a few minutes to read her thoughts?

Happy weekend everyone.

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Gazing through my Crystal ball

By Donna J. Jodhan

The crystal ball is often not very accurate or reliable when it comes to using it as a predicting tool.  Nevertheless.  However, for 2022 I am going to use it as an informal way of expressing my thoughts.

In looking through my crystal ball for 2022,  here is what I am seeing. I’ll add here that these are just my very own expressions of predictions and not those of another.   So now let’s clean off my crystal ball and get down to some business.

For 2022, my crystal ball tells me that this Federal Government is going to have its hands full when it comes to being able to convince its departments to follow the regulations of the accessible Canada Act that was legislated in July 2019.  Many departments will continue to try and find ways to work around these regulations but there will be a few that will decide to make efforts to comply.

Federally legislated entities such as banks and tele communications companies will be slow to start conforming.  Instead they will continue to protest that these regulations will affect their bottom lines.

My crystal ball tells me that the Federal government may just decide to keep its promise to appoint an accessibility commissioner some time in the first quarter of this year as well as to appoint a chief accessibility officer.

Canadians with disabilities will continue to encounter challenges when it comes to convincing Federal government departments and other entities to pay them for their skills and expertise.

The pandemic will continue to affect the accessibility of Canadian students with disabilities when it comes to education and we will need to continue to work harder to protect their rights.

A Canadian disability income allowance looks doubtful for 2022.

You may say that my crystal ball has not really predicted anything surprising but there you have it.

Just my two cents for today.

Image =3D A bright white light emanates from the center of a beautiful crystal ball sitting atop a purple linen cover. Blurred lights in the background.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting http://www.donnajodhan.com

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld

and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

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What did we learn for 2021?

Happy new year from our Sterling Creations Business Desk and I’m Scott Savoy welcoming you to 2022.

I hope that everyone enjoyed their festive season as best as they could and I look forward to continuing to bring you our weekly editions.

For this week I am delighted to kick off 2022 with our president’s first editorial; Donna J. Jodhan reflects on what have we learned!

Great reading to start things off.

Happy 2022 from me and the team!

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What did we learn for 2021

By Donna J. Jodhan

There are so many things that I can mention here but for now I am going to do my best to list the more important things and not to clutter our minds.

To start with, I learned that it does not matter if I pay my bills or taxes; Government departments and utility companies will continue to do what they have been doing for so or too many years.  This being to ignore the rights of Canadians with disabilities when it comes to providing information, services, and products equally to all Canadians.

It seems as if they do not follow the strands of philosophy that clearly state that if it is not accessible, it is not acceptable.  One of the most glaring examples for 2021 is the inaccessible Arrive Can app.  In addition, if a work around is needed in order to make something =ccessible, then it is definitely not acceptable.

Speaking of the Arrive Can app, I learned over the past few months that the relevant Federal Government departments somehow conveniently forgot to ensure that this app was accessible to seniors, Canadians with disabilities, and those without cell phones, those who are not technically able to use an I device, and those without Internet connections.  We need to convince the Canadian Border Service Agency and Public Health Canada that they need to include the requirements of those groups as stated above.

Any action short of this can only be described as reckless and willful.

Their lack of transparency, responsibility, and accountability need to be swiftly and firmly addressed both by the present government and by organizations for and of persons with disabilities and seniors.

I also learned that too many entities continue to place heavy requests on Canadians with disabilities to share their expertise and knowledge in return for no financial compensation.  Just ask the Canadian Transportation agency, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and other high profile Federal Government Departments why they continue to flout the rights of Canadians with Disabilities choosing instead to continue with a very unfair practice.  Or should I ask them how they plan to rectify this glaring glitch?

However, these departments are not the only offenders.  Both Federal and provincial entities continue to be a part of this trend with no end in sight.  Just ask Elections Ontario if they pay Ontarians with disabilities when they hire them to sit on their advisory group.  Or just ask other entities if they pay members of their advisory groups whenever these members so selflessly share their expertise and knowledge.

Just ask certain universities in Ottawa if they plan to compensate invited Canadians with disabilities to participate in their research projects.  I can tell you that fairly recently one of them was bold enough to invite someone to be a part of one of their research projects and then had the nerve to state in one of their letters that there would be no compensation.

In short, the embarrassing pattern of requesting and asking Canadians with disabilities to share their lived and hard earned expertise in return for no financial compensation needs to stop  as soon as possible.  There is a famous Chinese proverb that says “cheap things no good.”

So if we consider this, it would bluntly mean that our expertise and knowledge are no good because it is cheap!  It is not worth anything because all of these entities continue to extract our expertise and knowledge at no cost!

Hard lessons to learn and digest but I as the eternal optimist will continue to make things better than possible wherever and whenever I can!

Just my two cents for today.

Image =3D 2021 learning and education theme. A woman dances atop the numerals 2021 learning, seeking and documenting everything that she finds.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting http://www.donnajodhan.com

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld

and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/authordonnajodhan

reetings from our business desk and I’m Scott Savoy getting ready for the holiday =
season.

Ah yes!  November it is and all’s well with the world!

Today I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for today Donna J. Jodhan has something very serious to share with you.

It’s all about  whether our Accessible Canada Act is toothless or toothful!

Please enjoy this wonderful November weekend.

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Is the Accessible Canada Act toothless or tooth full

By Donna J. Jodhan

I was truly hoping that I would not need to weigh in on this very interesting question.  However, truth be told; it has become a very burning question over the past few months and we should not be blaiming the pandemic for contributing to all of this.

When the ACA was made legislation in June 2019, there were so many Canadians with disabilities who had very high hopes for its ability to  solve several problems such as ensuring that federal government departments would change their attitude from one of not listening to attitudes of collaboration, engagement, and a willingness to work with stakeholders to create a more accessible and inclusive environment for Canadians with disabilities.  Above all, transparency and accountability.

Sadly enough, this attitude on the part of some high profile government departments seem to be still present and I can only say that I have personally witnessed some very high profile federal government departments continuing to wilfully and recklessly ignore the guidelines of the ACA.

I am very reluctant to identify these so-called culprits but I am not sure what else to do.  There are a few departments however that have picked up the mantle and have decided to show leadership.  I congratulate Elections Canada for their leadership and I also congratulate Via Rail for fully adhering to excellent customer service.

I unfortunately call out the following departments for their poor attempts to follow the guidelines and for failing to even give it a decent try.  These departments continue to show little transparency and accountability.  Most of all, little or no respect for accessibility and inclusiveness.

Statistics Canada and the Canada Border Security Agency are two departments that I have personally been dealing with over the past two months and I can only describe their efforts as embarrassing, shameful, and an unwillingness to engage.

Only time will tell as to whether the ACA is toothless because of its inability to deal with departments such as those mentioned here or will they have the teeth to enforce the regulations.

I can only hope that these two culprits find a way to change their ways.

Just my two cents for today.

Image:

An illustration depicts the word TEAMBUILDING under which are 6 icons which read Team Spirit, Inspiration, Goals, Competence, Support and Motivation.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting http://www.donnajodhan.com

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld

and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.

Happy new year from our Sterling Creations Business Desk and I’m Scott Savoy welcoming you to 2022.

I hope that everyone enjoyed their festive season as best as they could and I look forward to continuing to bring you our weekly editions.

For this week I am delighted to kick off 2022 with our president’s first editorial; Donna J. Jodhan reflects on what have we learned!

Great reading to start things off.

Happy 2022 from me and the team!

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What did we learn for 2021

By Donna J. Jodhan

There are so many things that I can mention here but for now I am going to do my best to list the more important things and not to clutter our minds.

To start with, I learned that it does not matter if I pay my bills or taxes; Government departments and utility companies will continue to do what they have been doing for so or too many years.  This being to ignore the rights of Canadians with disabilities when it comes to providing information, services, and products equally to all Canadians.

It seems as if they do not follow the strands of philosophy that clearly state that if it is not accessible, it is not acceptable.  One of the most glaring examples for 2021 is the inaccessible Arrive Can app.  In addition, if a work around is needed in order to make something accessible, then it is definitely not acceptable.  =

Speaking of the Arrive Can app, I learned over the past few months that the relevant Federal Government departments somehow conveniently forgot to ensure that this app was accessible to seniors, Canadians with disabilities, and those without cell phones, those who are not technically able to use an I device, and those without Internet connections.  We need to convince the Canadian Border Service Agency and Public Health Canada that they need to include the requirements of those groups as stated above.

Any action short of this can only be described as reckless and willful.

Their lack of transparency, responsibility, and accountability need to be swiftly and firmly addressed both by the present government and by organizations or and of persons with disabilities and seniors.

I also learned that too many entities continue to place heavy requests on Canadians with disabilities to share their expertise and knowledge in return for no financial compensation.  Just ask the Canadian Transportation agency, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and other high profile Federal Government Departments why they continue to flout the rights of Canadians with Disabilities choosing instead to continue with a very unfair practice.  Or should I ask them how they plan to rectify this glaring glitch?

However, these departments are not the only offenders.  Both Federal and provincial entities continue to be a part of this trend with no end in sight.  Just ask Elections Ontario if they pay Ontarians with disabilities when they hire them to sit on their advisory group.  Or just ask other entities if they pay members of their advisory groups whenever these members so selflessly share their expertise and knowledge.

Just ask certain universities in Ottawa if they plan to compensate invited Canadians with disabilities to participate in their research projects.  I can tell you that fairly recently one of them was bold enough to invite someone to be a part of one of their research projects and then had the nerve to state in one of their letters that there would be no compensation.

In short, the embarrassing pattern of requesting and asking Canadians with disabilities to share their lived and hard earned expertise in return for no financial compensation needs to stop  as soon as possible.  There is a famous Chinese proverb that says “cheap things no good.”

So if we consider this, it would bluntly mean that our expertise and knowledge are no good because it is cheap!  It is not worth anything because all of these entities continue to extract our expertise and knowledge at no cost!

Hard lessons to learn and digest but I as the eternal optimist will continue to make things better than possible wherever and whenever I can!

Just my two cents for today.

Image 3D 2021 learning and education theme. A woman dances atop the numerals 2021 learning, seeking and documenting everything that she finds.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting http://www.donnajodhan.com

You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld

and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.

Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/autho=
rdonnajodhan

reetings from our business desk and I’m Scott Savoy getting ready for the holiday season.

Ah yes!  November it is and all’s well with the world!

Today I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for today Donna J. Jodhan has something very serious to share with you.

It’s all about  whether our Accessible Canada Act is toothless or toothful!

Please enjoy this wonderful November weekend.

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Is the Accessible Canada Act toothless or tooth full

By Donna J. Jodhan

I was truly hoping that I would not need to weigh in on this very interesting question.  However, truth be told; it has become a very burning question over the past few months and we should not be blaiming the pandemic for contributing to all of this.

When the ACA =
was made legislation in June 2019, there were so many Canadians with =
disabilities who had very high hopes for its ability to  solve =
several problems such as ensuring that federal government departments =
would change their attitude from one of not listening to attitudes of =
collaboration, engagement, and a willingness to work with stakeholders =
to create a more accessible and inclusive environment for Canadians with =
disabilities.  Above all, transparency and =
accountability.

Sadly =
enough, this attitude on the part of some high profile government =
departments seem to be still present and I can only say that I have =
personally witnessed some very high profile federal government =
departments continuing to wilfully and recklessly ignore the guidelines =
of the ACA.

I am very reluctant to identify these so-called =
culprits but I am not sure what else to do.  There are a few =
departments however that have picked up the mantle and have decided to =
show leadership.  I congratulate Elections Canada for their =
leadership and I also congratulate Via Rail for fully adhering to =
excellent customer service.

I =
unfortunately call out the following departments for their poor attempts =
to follow the guidelines and for failing to even give it a decent =
try.  These departments continue to show little transparency and =
accountability.  Most of all, little or no respect for =
accessibility and inclusiveness.

Statistics =
Canada and the Canada Border Security Agency are two departments that I =
have personally been dealing with over the past two months and I can =
only describe their efforts as embarrassing, shameful, and an =
unwillingness to engage.

Only time =
will tell as to whether the ACA is toothless because of its inability to =
deal with departments such as those mentioned here or will they have the =
teeth to enforce the regulations.

I can only =
hope that these two culprits find a way to change their =
ways.

Just my two cents for =
today.

Image:

An illustration depicts the word TEAMBUILDING under =
which are 6 icons which read Team Spirit, Inspiration, Goals, =
Competence, Support and Motivation.

To learn =
more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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.blogs=
pot.com

Weekly features on =
how to increase your success with your business =
ventures

http://www.ste=
rlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

Weekly articles and editorials on issues about =
accessibility

http://www.sterlingcreation=
s.ca/blog

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers =
Series by visiting http://www.donnajodhan.com

You can follow me on twitter =
@accessibleworld

and chat with me on =
Skype at habsfan0526.

Like us on =
Facebook at www.facebook.com/autho=
rdonnajodhan

Like us on Facebook =
at www.facebook.com/autho=
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In every journey – 2021

Dear readers:  As we approach the end of another year, I wanted to drop by and share my thoughts with you and for this year I’d like to use some words of wisdom that were sent to me by a very special lady; Denise Sanders and she did this when I was president of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians.

Here goes:

“In every journey there is meaning.

In every conflict, there is growth.

In every action, there is purpose.

In every moment of doubt,

Remember to believe!”

Very strong words sent to me by a very powerful lady and these are ones that I shall treasure always.

There is no doubt that 2021 was an even more difficult year for so many of us than it was for 2020.  So many of us continued to struggle physically and mentally.  So many of us continued to be challenged with adversity and this pandemic did not spare any age group.

From the youngest to the oldest the song was the same.  For me, it was difficult living without my mom and my family close by but thanks to technology, the good old reliable land line, and FEDEx; I managed to stay above those tall terrible waves of struggle and challenge and in mid November my Prayers were answered when I was able to travel to the Caribbean to see my mom and family after almost two years.

This pandemic has brought out so many facets in us ranging from unlimited generosity, kindness, and thoughtfulness to behaviour of selfishness, self centeredness, and downright recklessness.

In 2021, I witnessed so many of our kids thinking outside the box as they found ways to create initiatives to help others.  I saw communities coming together to help each other.  I saw so many going out of their way to lend a hand to the more vulnerable.  However and sadly enough; there was the other side of the coin where I got to witness the dark side of Humanity.

I saw individuals behaving recklessly; shouting to the top of their voices that it was their right not to wear masks and to vaccinate.  However the important thing that they failed to remember that although it was their right; they should be thinking of not just themselves (the me syndrome)   but the other (the you too as well.)

It did not matter how so many of us went out of our way to plead with this group to pattern their thoughts and lives after those young heroes of World War II.  They continued to be selfish, reckless, and spoiled brats.  In short, they continued to show the world how much work we all need to do in order to restore semblances of discipline, thoughtfulness, and consideration to each other.

My journey this year has taught me to be more appreciative and grateful for what I have and can do for others. =For wonderful family and friends!  For the ability to keep my head above water and to continue to help others to be more patient, persevering, and committed.

I am extremely fortunate as I live in a country where I have access to everything that I need in order to live comfortably and more.  A country where I can find ways to share and give to others.

Yes, we are asking each other to sacrifice much but I do not think that we have any choice in the matter!  So many lives have already been lost and will continue to be lost until the vaccines are able to take control of the Pandemic.  So many have already given up their lives to save others and this continues.  We are not asking you to give up your lives!  We are only asking you to help save lives yours included!

So please!  before we say that it is our right not to wear a mask, or to be vaccinated, let us take a second to think of others.  Let’s all stand together to save not just ourselves but also each other!  We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the hundreds of thousands of front line workers who continue to work feverishly to keep us healthy!  To save us from the strangle hold of the pandemic!  To bring medications and food to us!  To those who continue to go beyond and above the call of duty!

Too many =ives have already been lost!  Too many hearts have already been broken and too many tears have already been shed!  Please!  Let’s make it our new year’s resolution to   reverse these trends and let’s show that we can work together to leave this world a better place for tomorrow’s generation.  It is probably the best gift that we can give to each other for 2022!

Just my two cents for today!

Image 3D Recovery =
from the Coronavirus. A pencil eraser erases the Coronavirus to reveal a rainbow.

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Is the Accessible Canada Act toothless or tooth full

Greetings from our business desk and I’m Scott Savoy getting ready for the
holiday season.
Ah yes! November it is and all’s well with the world!
Today I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for today
Donna J. Jodhan has something very serious to share with you.
It’s all about whether our Accessible Canada Act is toothless or toothful!
Please enjoy this wonderful November weekend.

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Is the Accessible Canada Act toothless or tooth full
By Donna J. Jodhan

I was truly hoping that I would not need to weigh in on this very
interesting question. However, truth be told; it has become a very burning
question over the past few months and we should not be blaiming the pandemic
for contributing to all of this.

When the ACA was made legislation in June 2019, there were so many Canadians
with disabilities who had very high hopes for its ability to solve several
problems such as ensuring that federal government departments would change
their attitude from one of not listening to attitudes of collaboration,
engagement, and a willingness to work with stakeholders to create a more
accessible and inclusive environment for Canadians with disabilities. Above
all, transparency and accountability.

Sadly enough, this attitude on the part of some high profile government
departments seem to be still present and I can only say that I have
personally witnessed some very high profile federal government departments
continuing to wilfully and recklessly ignore the guidelines of the ACA.

I am very reluctant to identify these so-called culprits but I am not sure
what else to do. There are a few departments however that have picked up
the mantle and have decided to show leadership. I congratulate Elections
Canada for their leadership and I also congratulate Via Rail for fully
adhering to excellent customer service.

I unfortunately call out the following departments for their poor attempts
to follow the guidelines and for failing to even give it a decent try.
These departments continue to show little transparency and accountability.
Most of all, little or no respect for accessibility and inclusiveness.

Statistics Canada and the Canada Border Security Agency are two departments
that I have personally been dealing with over the past two months and I can
only describe their efforts as embarrassing, shameful, and an unwillingness
to engage.

Only time will tell as to whether the ACA is toothless because of its
inability to deal with departments such as those mentioned here or will they
have the teeth to enforce the regulations.

I can only hope that these two culprits find a way to change their ways.
Just my two cents for today.
Image:
An illustration depicts the word TEAMBUILDING under which are 6 icons which
read Team Spirit, Inspiration, Goals, Competence, Support and Motivation.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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The bottlenecks in communicating and collaborating – we need to do a better job

Welcome to the first week of November and I’m Christian Robicheau at our
business desk.
Ah yes! We are now into November and it’s time to start thinking of the
holiday season! A time for gift giving and for thanking the Lord for our
blessings.
Today I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan zooms in on some of the bottlenecks that continue to
get in the way of communicating and collaborating.
Happy weekend everyone.

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The bottlenecks in communicating and collaborating

This is one very concerning challenge that I have continued to identify over
the past years and with the event of the pandemic I believe that this
challenge seems to have gotten worse. Especially so when it comes to
Federal Government departments not being able to effectively communicate
their information and messages to Canadians with disabilities.

It is simply not enough for Federal Government Departments to interact with
organizational leaders. Yes, the organizational leaders are at the various
meetings listening and learning. However, for some very odd reason, they
are simply not filtering down information and messages to their members.

I became very aware of this continued bottleneck when someone from a high
profile agency told me this past week that the messages that were being
passed from their agency to organizational leaders did not seem to be
getting through to members. Emails requesting feedback were not being
responded to.

It is simply not enough for Governmental entities to pass on information to
organization leaders or to just post to their websites. As I like to say so
often; these entities or any company for that matter need to get their
messages, emails, and information right down to the troops on the ground.
In short, they need to ensure that the person on the street hear what they
are saying.

Collaboration cannot take place unless the word is fully understood and this
can only be accomplished if the person on the street is reached and is
included.

Just my two cents for today.
Image:
Five blue accessibility logos, hearing impaired, sign language, wheelchair,
restroom with wheelchair and guide dog.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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What happens when there is no alternate format available

Greetings and I’m Scott Savoy at our business desk on an end of October
weekend.
It’s Halloween time and our little ones will be going out this weekend to
gather their favourite treats.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan voices her opinion on the lack of alternate formats.
I invite you to read on.
Happy weekend.

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What happens when there is no alternate format available
By Donna J. Jodhan

This is a question that continues to be asked along with pleas for something
to be done before something really horrible takes place. To answer my own
question! When alternate formats are unavailable to blind/vision impaired
Canadians or any other blind/vision impaired person around the world for
that matter; here is what happens!

Our right to independence, privacy, and confidentiality is being trampled
upon and why? Because we need to depend on someone else, preferably someone
with vision to read a printed document to us. This means that we need to
depend wholly on someone that we trust to keep safe our privacy and
confidentiality.

When there is no alternate format available, it means that we need to depend
on someone else to read the printed document to us and this is a blatant
violation of our rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights. Why? because
as stated above; we are being denied our basic rights.

Just think of this! As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and no
two persons will read the same document in the same way. So no matter what;
if we were to ask more than one person to read a document to us, we will
never be able to determine the complete accuracy of the reading.

Each time a medical professional presents a blind/vision impaired person
with any sort of form; requisition, diagnosis, or prescription or anything
else in printed format, it means that the person is forced to find someone
to read it to them. What happens then if the person reading the form
inadvertently misses out some important information that can prove to be
vital?

Each time that a bank statement, utility bill, or important legal documents
are presented to a blind/vision impaired person in printed format, it means
that once again rights are being disrespected and not being recognized.

There are some companies that have been making progress to having their
forms be made available in alternate formats but much more needs to be done.
The medical profession in particular needs to do more to improve this
situation as they continue to be woefully guilty of not doing anywhere near
enough.

Just my two cents for today.
Image:
Illustration. Three celebratory banners with alternating rows of red and
white drop downs showcasing maple leaves overlap across the top. In the
bottom right corner are three Canadian flags waving in the wind. In the
bottom left corner is the Barrier Free Canada / Sans Barriere Canada logo.
Below the BFC / CSB logo are the words ‘Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada
Act’. Confetti of all different colors rains down from above.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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What happens when there is no alternate format available

Greetings and I’m Scott Savoy at our business desk on an end of October
weekend.
It’s Halloween time and our little ones will be going out this weekend to
gather their favourite treats.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan voices her opinion on the lack of alternate formats.
I invite you to read on.
Happy weekend.

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What happens when there is no alternate format available
By Donna J. Jodhan

This is a question that continues to be asked along with pleas for something
to be done before something really horrible takes place. To answer my own
question! When alternate formats are unavailable to blind/vision impaired
Canadians or any other blind/vision impaired person around the world for
that matter; here is what happens!

Our right to independence, privacy, and confidentiality is being trampled
upon and why? Because we need to depend on someone else, preferably someone
with vision to read a printed document to us. This means that we need to
depend wholly on someone that we trust to keep safe our privacy and
confidentiality.

When there is no alternate format available, it means that we need to depend
on someone else to read the printed document to us and this is a blatant
violation of our rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights. Why? because
as stated above; we are being denied our basic rights.

Just think of this! As they say a picture is worth a thousand words and no
two persons will read the same document in the same way. So no matter what;
if we were to ask more than one person to read a document to us, we will
never be able to determine the complete accuracy of the reading.

Each time a medical professional presents a blind/vision impaired person
with any sort of form; requisition, diagnosis, or prescription or anything
else in printed format, it means that the person is forced to find someone
to read it to them. What happens then if the person reading the form
inadvertently misses out some important information that can prove to be
vital?

Each time that a bank statement, utility bill, or important legal documents
are presented to a blind/vision impaired person in printed format, it means
that once again rights are being disrespected and not being recognized.

There are some companies that have been making progress to having their
forms be made available in alternate formats but much more needs to be done.
The medical profession in particular needs to do more to improve this
situation as they continue to be woefully guilty of not doing anywhere near
enough.

Just my two cents for today.
Image:
Illustration. Three celebratory banners with alternating rows of red and
white drop downs showcasing maple leaves overlap across the top. In the
bottom right corner are three Canadian flags waving in the wind. In the
bottom left corner is the Barrier Free Canada / Sans Barriere Canada logo.
Below the BFC / CSB logo are the words ‘Bill C-81 The Accessible Canada
Act’. Confetti of all different colors rains down from above.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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Chasing the illusive rainbow – don’t give up!

Greetings from our business desk and I’m Christian Robicheau on another
gorgeous fall weekend.
I am pleased to bring you our president’s weekly editorial and for today,
Donna J. Jodhan talks about chasing the illusive rainbow.
This is very insightful reading and I invite you to read on.
Happy weekend everyone.

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Chasing the illusive rainbow
By Donna J. Jodhan

I don’t think that anyone would disagree when it comes to chasing that
beautiful but illusive rainbow! Ah yes! Beautiful, mesmorizing, filled
with dreams, hopes, and expectations! Just beyond our fingertips but yet we
keep chasing it!

I am not sure why this is so in my case and the only lingering defence that
I can offer is that as one who is constantly seeking hope and better than
positive, I keep chasing this beautiful bow!

I still remember what a beautiful rainbow looks like! Despite them being so
rare to see, i can remember seeing them about three distinctive times in my
life!

The first time was when I was standing next to my dad on a beach and he told
me to looktowards the ocean and there it was! A beautiful large rainbow
filled with those magnificent colours and dad told me to make a wish and
this I did!

I still remember that momentous day when I made my childlike wish; that dad
and mom would always be there to guard and guide me! Then came the second
time when I was seated in a rocking chair on the patio of my family’s home!

I had inadvertently looked up at the sky and there it was! As large as life
and huge and so very wonderful! I remembered to make a wish but before I
could finish my thought the rainbow had disappeared leaving me to catch my
breath!

Then the third time was when I saw it once more while standing on the
balcony of my condo. This time my beloved rainbow stayed around for about
two minutes and as I gazed up lovingly at it I could only wish and hope for
a better future for our kids!

I even managed to complete my wish; that tomorrow would be a better one!
More laughter and smiles! No more war and more fun toys for girls and boys!
No more poverty and fresh clean air and water for Humans, birds, animals,
and fishes of the sea!

Then my beautiful rainbow was gone and as the tears trickled down my cheeks
I thank God for my beautiful rainbow.

Just my two cents for today.
Image:
The word “HOPE” in a large, wide font with a color gradient showing all of
the colors of the rainbow.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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The realization barrier

Greetings from our business desk and I’m Scott Savoy with our weekend
edition.
It is a typical fall weekend and I hope that you are able to get out there
and enjoy the fresh cool air, the fall colours, and so much more.
Today I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan talks about the ralization barrier.
Want to know more? I invite you to read on.
Happy weekend everyone!

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The realization barrier

I will humbly submit that realization could be classified as a barrier and
why? Because in my humble opinion, unless one is either forced to realize
or is unexpectedly made to do so; this remains a barrier.

It is similar to the concept of walk a mile in my shoes and please allow me
to clarify the picture.

So often and too often a person would honestly try to be either nice or try
to feign understanding or compassion or some similar feeling when asked for
their opinions on a topic or subject with which their familiarity is lacking
or weak. All well and good but in reality they do not understand and cannot
understand unless they are directly related to the topic or subject at hand
or have a friend, family member, or associate who is.
Or better yet; if they themselves live the circumstance.

I see this so often. Especially so when a person is asked to participate in
accessibility development. No amount of reading up on this topic would help
to clarify the picture. It would definitely help to familiarize the person
with accessibility development but in the final analysis this is as far as
they can go.

There is nothing wrong with this but what could and would help is if the
individual involved would change their approach to seek assistance from
someone who lives the circumstance.

In other words: I urge developers to redirect their thinking to follow this
approach.
If you have never lived the circumstance in question, then be strong enough
to go out there and obtain the relevant literature.
Next, seek out the expertise of someone who lives the circumstance.
Finally, put the two together.

It’s like this!
No one expects you to fully understand what it is like to use a screen
reader to access the Internet. You can try to understand by closing your
eyes and this will definitely help but the complete picture would not become
clear to you unless you were forced to either live it or to be close to
someone who does.

In other words; unless you live a particular circumstance, you should not
claim to fully understand.
Just my two cents for today.

Image:
Close up waist down of a blind man with a white cane crossing the street.

To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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The meaning of Thanksgiving – out of the mouths of babes

Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian friends, family, and neighbours and I’m
Christian Robicheau at the business desk wishing everyone the true meaning
of Thanksgiving.
It’s a time for us to appreciate what we have and to give Thanks for the
country in which we live!
Please have a read of our president’s editorial for today.
Donna J. Jodhan chimes in with her thoughts.
Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

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The meaning of Thanksgiving
By Donna J. Jodhan

All I can say is that sometimes kids do indeed ask some of the most
interesting questions; and this is what I encountered a few days ago when a
six year old asked me this question.

I paused and hesitated and then I decided to be truthful, honest, and to
provide a response that would hopefully resonate with this youngster.

As she sat comfortably on my lap waiting for me to answer her question I
gathered my thoughts together and this is what I said.

I told her that to me, Thanksgiving means that I give thanks for living in a
country where I do not need to worry about such things as freezing in winter
because I have warm clothes to wear and warm blankets on my bed.
I do not need to worry about food because there are so many things for me to
eat, drink, and to share with others.
I do not need to worry about not having the Internet in my home because it
is almost always available to me.
I do not have to be concerned over not having fresh running water to drink,
to cook with, or to have my shower and bath with because we have so much of
it in Canada.
I do not need to be concerned about not having electricity; lights that
stay on almost all of the time because they do stay on almost all of the
time.

I shared other reasons of the meaning of Thanksgiving with my little friend
and then I waited for her to respond and after a minute or so she said very
softly.

“Auntie Donna! I am thankful that I live in Canada and I thank God for my
parents, my brothers and sisters, and then! I thank God that I can play
with my friends outside and don’t have to worry about the bad guys coming to
kill me! We don’t have any war here.”

Out of the mouths of babes!

Image:
A plate loaded with a turkey dinner
To learn more about me as a sight loss coach visit www.donnajodhan.com

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

Now you can enjoy Donna’s detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting
http://www.donnajodhan.com

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

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