A wish list for 2021 – how much of it will come true?

Hello there and I’m Scott Savoy at our business desk on this January
weekend.
I hope that everything is okay with everyone.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s wish list for 2021 with you and
hopefully most not if all of her wishes could come true. It does not hurt
to wish eh?
I wish you a great weekend.

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A wish list for 2021
By Donna J. Jodhan

Some of my wishes may be repeat ones but that’s okay. Others may be new
ones and that’s okay too. Of course, at the top of my wish list is for
Covid-19 to simply go away and leave us alone. We need to rid our poor old
world of this scourge and to rebuild. But down to business now.

The next wish on my wish list would be for all levels of government to start
including the input and expertise of Canadians with disabilities. It is
time for government and organizations to stop working for us and instead
work with us. Stop excluding us at round tables especially those focusing
on Covid-19 related matters.
I wish for our voices to be better heard. Stop paying us lip service and
let’s walk the walk together.

My next wish would be for Governments and organizations to stop taking
advantage of our unique and specialized expertise and skills. I have
decided to make this my personal mission; To convince governments and
organizations that taking advantage of us in this manner is simply
embarrassing, shameful, and downright mean!

Demanding that we provide our services voluntarily is no longer acceptable.
I am not saying that we should not continue to make voluntary contributions
but there comes a time when voluntary contributions need to be replaced by
monetary compensation. The days of using the excuse that our names will be
placed on articles and papers submitted in return for the sharing of our
specialized knowledge and skills are no longer acceptable let alone be an
excuse.

I wish that requesters would simply stop offering such bribes as Tim
Horton’s and similar types of coupons to us in return for our knowledge and
skills. This is simply shameful and horrible and needs to stop now.

Another wish on my list is that governments and organizations need to stop
depending on those so-called accessibility experts to assist them in the
design and development of their training programs, websites, software, and
hardware. Too many times these so-called experts are nothing more than
wood-be experts who do not have any idea when it comes to understanding the
true meaning of accessibility let alone to know how to implement the
necessary strategies and processes.

I can only wish can’t I? I can only hope that we see some meaningful
strides when it comes to my wish list.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and safe 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

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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Accessibility still being forgotten – a big problem

Happy new year everyone and I’m Christian Robicheau hoping and praying that
2021 is a better year for us all.
Today I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan zooms in on how much accessibility continues to be
forgotten.
Please have a safe weekend now.
I’m Christian Robicheau

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Accessibility still being forgotten
By Donna J. Jodhan

In a recent news release, the Ontario government announced an expansion of
its dental care for seniors with specific emphasis on the renovating and
constructing of new mobile dental clinics.

For whereas I commend and applaud this much needed initiative, sadly enough;
someone appears to have forgotten to include accessibility requirements for
seniors with special needs.

So I am going to take the liberty of making some recommendations.

When considering the renovation of or building of new mobile dental clinics:
Seniors with physical disabilities must be accommodated if they are in
wheelchairs, use walkers, or canes.
Mobile dental clinics need to have enough space to accommodate wheelchairs
and walkers.
That is, doorways, entrances, and waiting rooms must be large enough to
accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
There must be enough space between chairs in the waiting room in order to
accommodate seniors with wheelchairs, walkers, and canes.
Seniors with service animals must be accommodated.
Seniors with vision impairments need to be able to identify the locations of
mobile dental clinics through signs that are easy to find, identify and
read.
Signs must be placed in strategic spots on the exteriors of these dental
mobile clinics so that they can be easily seen.
The interiors of mobile dental clinics must be constructed in ways that
provide contrasting colour schemes so that those with limited or low vision
can easily identify walls, doors, and hallways.
The floors of mobile dental clinics must be made so that it is easy for
seniors with wheelchairs, walkers, and canes to negotiate.
That is, the ability to easily distinguish between carpeted and non carpeted
areas and the ability for those with wheelchairs and walkers to be able to
negotiate carpeted areas without having to be concerned about their devices
being impeded.
Seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing need to be able to communicate
without any acoustic interference when they are inside mobile dental
clinics.
Mobile dental clinics must be located in areas that are easy to reach via
public transportation, must be located along public transportation routes,
and must be positioned so that there are the least number of obstacles to
their front doors.
Specifically from street car and/or bus to the front doors of the mobile
dental clinic, and from parking lots to the front doors of the mobile dental
clinic.
If mobile dental clinics are to be located in malls, then they should be
located in areas that are as close as possible to entrances and exits of
malls.
If they are to be located in other types of buildings then they should also
be placed in areas that are as close as possible to entrances and exits of
said buildings.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and safe 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

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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Silver linings in dark clouds

Happy 2021 to everyone and we at Sterling Creations would like to wish all
of our readers a better 2021.
We hope that the holidays were good ones for you and we look forward to
continuing to be here for you.
For today, we are pleased to share our president’s first editorial of the
year with you and for this week Donna J. Jodhan kicks things off on a
positive note.
We invite you now to read on.
I’m Scott Savoy wishing you a great and safe weekend.

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Silver linings in dark clouds
By Donna J. Jodhan

There is no doubt that Covid 19 has brought so many dark clouds to the
World; thick dark heavy clouds filled with so much sorrow and suffering,
uncertainty and anxiety, and stories of indescribable horror. Yet if we try
to look at things through a different lens, we will find and discover that
there are silver linings in these huge banks of clouds to be found and
acknowledged.

As someone who is naturally positive, I’d like to take a few minutes to
acknowledge some of the silver linings that I have discovered and to say
thank you.
So here goes.

To the front line workers who have gone way beyond the call of duty to bring
comfort to their patients – thank you!
To the educators who continue to find ways to bring knowledge to their
students – thank you!
To the many businesses that have found ways to innovate their services so
that communities can continue to enjoy pick up and delivery services; thank
you!
To the musicians who have found ways to bring music to the ears of seniors
living in long term care facilities; thank you!
To those who continue to hold Zoom conferences to bring communities
together – thank you!
To all those who have gone way above and beyond the call of duty to bring
sunshine to the lives of the less fortunate – thank you!

You see! There are silver linings for us to acknowledge and I firmly
believe that more and more of these silver linings will continue to find
their way through these very dark clouds and before you know it we will once
again find ourselves looking up at bright blue skies with a deep blue
horizon!

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and safe 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

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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In every journey – 2020 reflections by Donna Jodhan

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.

I don’t think that words will ever be able to truly describe this past year.
Suffice it to say that it was one that brought us so much pain! So much
suffering! So much unexpectedness and uncertainty! So much of everything
that the world was not really expecting or prepared for and as we get ready
to usher in a new year; I am very sure that almost all of us will be simply
relieved to say so long to 2020 and with the dawning of a new year we can
only fill our hearts and souls with hope that the vaccines will be the
number one solution for crushing this pandemic.

For me personally; 2020 was a year never to forget. I witnessed so many
different strands of circumstances! Anything from tremendous instances of
kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness to best to forget moments of
selfishness, self centeredness, spoiled attitudes, and a total lack of
consideration for those struggling and in dire need.

I was simply moved by those who took the time to reach out to others. By
those who used their immense talents to bring smiles and laughter to our
seniors living in long term care homes. To the kids and young adults who
used their creativity and expanded their imaginations to develop initiatives
and ways to let us know that they understood the seriousness of our
worldwide predicaments and that they were prepared to do their part to
ensure that we remained safe.

I was simply overwhelmed by those who went out of their way to ensure that
the less fortunate had enough to eat and that their personal needs were
taken care of. By those who continued to think outside the box to try and
improve and enhance living conditions and to develop innovative initiatives
for those who needed assistance.

On the other hand, my heart simply broke when I saw those who chose to
deliberately display unpleasant actions of selfishness, self centeredness,
and attitudes of being nothing but spoiled brats. Those who kept
reiterating that it was their right not to wear a mask instead of saying
that because we were all in this together, we would need to replace
selfishness with selflessness.

We need to remember that those never to forget World War II soldiers who did
not consider their rights when they were asked to go to battle to save the
world! They did it because they knew that if they did not the World would
be destroyed. They gave up their lives, their freedom, their future and so
much more in order to ensure that our future would be saved. They never
asked why! They only said where, how, and when.

This is what I call true selflessness! True commitment and dedication to
ensuring that future generations would live to enjoy a future that they knew
they could or would never be a part of because in order to ensure any sort
of future they would have to surrender their young lives!

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, let’s
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 way beyond
and above the call of duty!

Too many lives 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
2020!

Just my two cents for today!

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Listen up little girls! Kamala wants you to know!

Greetings all and we hope that our American friends had a great and joy
filled Thanksgiving Day.
Well, the end of November it is and for this week I am pleased to share our
president’s editorial with you.
For today, Donna J. Jodhan has a very special message of inspiration for all
ittle girls!
Happy weekend everyone!
I’m Scott Savoy.

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Listen up little girls
By Donna J. Jodhan

My words for today are directed to all of our little girls around the world
and it does not matter where you live! It does not matter what colour you
are, what race or religion you are, what your ethnic background is , or even
who your parents are!

I know that in so many instances and circumstances, our little girls are
often deprived of their futures, hopes, dreams, aspirations, and
expectations. For too often they are told that their place is to play with
dolls and doll houses. to be in the kitchens of their family homes to
prepare meals for their family. To be the little moms to their younger
siblings, care givers to their families, dutiful wives, and to play
subservient roles in society.

For too long little girls are told that those lofty careers in the legal and
medical professions are beyond their reach and that they need to brand
themselves as playing second fiddle roles to men. That they should forget
about even trying to shatter the proverbial glass ceiling and be content to
live under said ceiling. However, no more!

Listen up little girls! Thanks to Vice President elect Kamala Harris! This
ceiling has now been shattered and it was broken into millions of tiny
pieces on November 07 2020 when Kamala became Vice President elect of the
United States.
No more despair for you my little girls! Now it’s time for you to refresh
your dreams! Your hopes and expectations! Your aspirations and your desire
to break whatever ceilings you set your sights on!

The world is yours and all you need to do is to go out there and grab it and
voila! It’s all yours for the taking! No more having to wait your turn!

Kamala has just shown you how to do it in fine style! Ruth Bader Ginsburg
showed you how to make a large hole in it! So many others have also been
showing you how to chip away at it!

Now it’s your turn and you need not worry about age! From the three year
old to the one over 93 years! You can still play with doll houses, be care
givers, and prepare meals for the family but now there is something very
exciting for you to consider! Yes! Just go out there and continue to
shatter the ceiling just as Kamala has done!

Just my two cents for today!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and safe 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

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 continued problem with paid expertise

Greetings everyone and we hope that November is being kind to you.
As we continue to battle these very uncertain times, we need to stay
positive and to continue on as best as we can.
Today, I ampleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week Donna J. Jodhan discusses a very chronic and concerning
irritant; entities continuing to expect persons with disabilities to
volunteer their services instead of paying them for their unique and
specialized expertise.

I’m Christian Robicheau wishing you a safe weekend.

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The continued problem with paid expertise
By Donna J. Jodhan

In my humble opinion, there should never have to be a problem when it comes
to paying for expertise but over the last few months I have disappointingly
witnessed certain Provincial departments, universities, and large
corporations continuing to take advantage of the unique and specialized
expertise being offered by persons with disabilities. In other words, they
have continued to expect us to provide our lifetime and specialized
expertise voluntarily without even giving any thought to at least offering
some sort of compensation.

For so many years now I have continued to advocate for Canadians with
disabilities to stand up and raise their voices in support of being paid for
their skills and expertise but alas! I may not be winning the battle here.

True it is that being able to volunteer to provide specialized input and
expertise is often seen as a win-win situation for those providing the
expertise and for those receiving it; but there should come a time when our
unique and specialized expertise ought to be recognized as professional and
extremely valuable.

In general, mainstream persons are more often than not compensated for their
expertise and skills and it ought to be the same when it comes to paying for
the expertise of persons with disabilities. So what am I missing here?

Why is it that these entities continue to fail to recognize us as having
such knowledge? Why is it that they feel that it is simply okay for us to
serve on committees for free giving of our time and knowledge in return for
nothing?
Why is it that when a university fails to provide an accessible platform or
format for taking an online exam they expect us to test their facilities in
return for no compensation?
Or that when they are told that their online exam facilities are totally
inaccessible, they turn around and ask you to test it for no financial
remuneration?

This continues to haunt me and when I mentioned above that in recent months
I witnessed a Certain provincial department, a certain university, and a
certain large corporation being guilty of expecting to have our expertise
to be given by persons with disabilities in return for absolutely no
compensation, I was not kidding!

This is totally unacceptable. It is disrespectful and smacks of inequality.
It can only be described as entities continuing to reflect an attitude that
can only be described as outright meanness, malpractice, plus more.

I cannot even call this patronization but on the other hand when one of
these entities plays the guilty card by saying that if you do this for
nothing then you will be helping others; then I can only describe this as
downright unfairness especially so when these entities can certainly afford
to pay.

I can only urge persons with disabilities to stand up and demand that their
skills, knowledge, and expertise be equally compensated. It is time for us
to receive equal recognition and treatment.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and safe 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

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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Let’s take better care of our seniors – they paved our future and now it’s our turn

Greetings and it’s another typical fall weekend shaping up for us.
We hope that everyone is doing good and staying safe.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week Donna’s makes a plea for us to take good and better care of
our seniors.
We invite you now to read on.
Happy weekend from me Scott Savoy.

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Let’s take better care of our seniors
By Donna J. Jodhan

I don’t think that this is something that we as a whole need to be reminded
of. It is something that should always be implanted in our minds and should
be so forever. However, it seems that sometimes we need to be given a
severe jolt and sobering reminder.

I don’t think that here in Canada we were really expecting to learn how
horrible it is for persons living in long term care homes and now that Covid
is here and has exposed the shameful truth; we as a country need to fix it
and to do this today and not tomorrow.

We need to walk the walk! We need to line up behind our Federal and
Provincial leaders and shove them very hard to fix a horrible situation. I
am not sure that words can be used to describe this as a situation!

Call it what you may! Situation? No! A catastrophe? Yes! A horrible
shame and black mark on our country? Most definitely! A failure of our
society? Sadly so!

Seniors are suffering because we have let them down; leaving them to suffer
at the hands of a system that has turned a blind eye to their cries for
help! Many care givers are suffering because of being severely over worked!
And loved ones are suffering because they are unable to help let alone see
their parents and grandparents at this time.

So where did we as a country go wrong? Did we somehow manage to desert
those who are responsible for having handed us our futures? Did we
inadvertently leave it to money grabbing entities who deliberately chose to
make long term care a business rather than long term care?

These are questions that we as a country need to grapple with and to make
right when we discover these answers. My parting words would be; let us
work together to fix this! No more finger pointing! Let’s just replace
those entities with their money grabbing hands with those who will ensure
that our seniors will be able to enjoy what they have worked so hard to
deserve! Golden years of comfort and enjoyment!

These are their rights! These are what they are entitled to! Nothing less!
They gave their lives for us! Now we need to man up and pay our debts!
No more cutting services to our seniors whenever we are in cost cutting
mode! They are our priority and we must never forget this!

Just my two cents for today!

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and safe 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

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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When a star is born – that’s our kids

Hi there everyone and I’m Christian Robicheau welcoming you to November.
I simply cannot believe that we are almost at the end of 2020 and so many of
us will probably be relieved to let this year slide in to the rare view
mirror.
For this week, I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and
for today, Donna J. Jodhan talks about when a star is born.
This is a very uplifting editorial and I invite you now to read.
Be safe now.

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When a star is born
By Donna J. Jodhan

I think that many of us would probably need to stop and reflect for a brief
moment if they are asked to ponder this question: “When do we think that a
star is born?”

I personally have some thoughts on this and would like to share. I’d like
to hear yours as well.

A star is born each time a baby comes into this world. Each baby; boy,
girl, anywhere in this world, born to parents of all types of financial
backgrounds, of any colour; this is when a star is born!

Each time a baby makes me smile or laugh or even causes me to pause and
ponder; this is when a star is born.

Each time a kid sings, laughs, smiles, or says something that catches my
attention; this is when a star is born!

We need to ensure that our stars shine brightly when they are born. To
appreciate them, to protect them, to nurture them, and to encourage them!

These are our stars! They are our present and our future!
Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and safe 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

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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Appreciating what we have

Greetings everyone and I’m Scott Savoy on this final weekend of October.
Yes! Halloween is here this evening and despite the strict restrictions
being imposed on our little trick or treaters; here’s wishing everyone a
very happy Halloween!For today, just delighted to share our president’s
weekly editorial with you and for this week Donna J. Jodhan talks about
appreciating what we have.
Happy weekend everyone and don’t forget to turn back your clocks before
going to bed.

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Appreciating what we have
By Donna J. Jodhan

Most of us often need to be reminded to appreciate what we have. Instead of
complaining about what we do not have, we should be thankful for what we do
have. This includes me!

Yes, there are definitely parts of our world where persons do need to
complain a bit about what they do not have or should I say that they would
find it either necessary or appropriate to do so but I need to clarify about
which part of the world I am referring to.

We in many parts of North America have what we need; clean water, food on
our table, a reasonably good health system, access to education, technology,
and freedom of speech. We even have the ability to put our thoughts into
written media but we can’t always say the same for many other parts of the
world.

I guess that we may only appreciate what we have if we could either have the
chance to either see the other or darker side of the picture or to
appreciate it more if for some reason it is taken away from us.

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and safe 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

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Are we last in line?

Hello there and I’m Christian Robicheau happy to be with you on this second
to last weekend of October.
I simply cannot believe that October is almost at an end but here we are.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s weekly editorial with you and
for this week Donna J. Jodhan talks about a very chronic problem that is
just not wanting to go away.
I urge and invite you to read on.
Be safe !

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Are we last in line?
By Donna J. Jodhan

This is a question that continues to haunt me and much as I as a naturally
positive person at heart would like to say no to this question;
unfortunately I am unable to do so.

There are so many things for me to use as evidence. First, the Canadian
Government’s pay out to Canadians with disabilities who qualify for a one
time pay out of $600 in recognition of the hardships that they have had to
endure because of the Covid virus.

There are many who will be very grateful for this but here is the question
of the day! Why is it that we as a community have had to wait for so long?
Why does it appear that we are last in line? Canadians with disabilities
have been some of the most hardest hit by the Covid yet we are last in line
to receive any sort of benefits and even at that Parliament had difficulty
passing the necessary legislation to make this happen because they chose to
make this their hockey puck due to bickering about other matters in the
House of Commons.

Then there is this! During the week of October 05 several organizations
including Bell Media made a huge splash when they announced initiatives to
give persons of colour greater opportunities to become members of media
outlets and to figure more prominently in media activities and in the
workplace.

For where I say well done! It is about time! How about those with
disabilities? Have we been considered or are we going to have to be last in
line to be recognized? Or once more; have we been forgotten or left out?
Should we not be a part of this equation?

My gentle reminder would be this! We as persons with disabilities are Human
Beings! We live, breathe, and require the same things as everyone else!
However, we require additional support and services due to no fault of our
own!

We are being faced with having to incur additional expenses and hardships
because we need to depend on assistance to fulfill our daily requirements.
We have been one of the hardest hit as a community through out the Covid!

Much of our community struggle financially because we live below the poverty
line. Our employment opportunities are severely limited mainly because of
attitude and technological barriers and lack of financial and social program
support.

If it appears that we are being placed last in line then here is my burning
question of the day! How should we be expected to be treated at hospitals
and other medical facilities if we are there to receive any sort of medical
treatment including Covid related matters?
Moreover; should we resign ourselves to the sobering reality that we will
probably be last in line to be treated let alone be saved?

Just my two cents for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and safe 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

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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