Hello there and I’m Scott Savoy at our business desk on this January
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.
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
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.
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