<![CDATA[Greetings and happy holiday weekend to everyone wherever you are and if you celebrate the feast of Easter; then may the risen Christ be with you! Today, I am delighted to share our president's editorial with you and for this week, Donna J. Jodhan asks a very important question: "Are they the forgotten ones?" Please take a moment to read! Happy weekend everyone. I'm Christian Robicheau! +++++++++++++++ Are they the forgotten ones? By Donna J. Jodhan Based on the continuing actions on the part of several Federal Government entities and others; I am wondering out loud today as to whether or not the blind and vision impaired community should be thinking of themselves as the forgotten ones? Certainly, this seems to be the perception out here and I am happy to provide a few examples. Example 1: The Canadian Transportation Agency is hosting a two days conference in Toronto in June of this year. The conference is going to focus on how Airlines deal with mobility aids on board their aircrafts plus other related topics. The needs and requirements of blind and vision impaired persons seem to have been either left out or forgotten. This subject is of great interest to those who use mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, and other types of mobility devices. We can only hope that the CTA will decide to host a similar conference that focuses on such things as guide dogs, and the needs and requirements of persons who are blind and vision impaired in the not too distant future. Example 2: If we take a close examination of the forms that the folks at the Wheeltrans transportation company in Toronto send out to applicants we will quickly discover that nowhere in this form do they ask questions pertaining to the needs and requirements of blind and vision impaired passengers and in addition; blind and vision impaired persons are forced to identify themselves in the category labelled as sensory. I find this troubling and wonder if once more, the needs of blind and vision impaired persons have been somehow forgotten or missed? Example 3: The Greater Toronto Airport Authority seems to be extremely proud of the newly instituted check in kiosks at Pearson International Airport as they say that these kiosks can now be used by persons with mobility needs but alas! They cannot be used by persons who are blind and vision impaired and why not? Because blind and vision impaired persons cannot operate these kiosks on their own. They need sighted assistance because these kiosks have not been outfitted with screen reading technology to enable those who are blind and vision impaired to hear what is on the screen and to be able to hear their input when they enter their info. I think that by now you are getting the picture. Just my two cents for today. I'm Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend. To reach me, please send an email to email@example.com 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]]>
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- Artificial or attitude? I am still trying to figure this one out and I have to admit that I may never be able to do so. This so-called artificial/attitude barrier has been around much longer than I and this is what it is. Too often, whenever someone with a disability is accompanied by either a friend or family member, they are asked if the accompanying person is a care giver. Recently, I was asked this same question when my friend accompanied me to a lab to have some tests done. The lab technician could not seem to stop herself in asking this question and she was very surprised when both my friend and I said in unison that we were friends. Why should she have been surprised? Was it that she along with so many others around us really do not expect us to have friends who accompany us to appointments? Or is it that they think we need care givers to escort us? Or is it simply that they just do not know what to ask? I do my best to be patient but sometimes I become frustrated and simply tell them that I do not need a care giver. Or I may just turn the question back to them and ask why do they think that my escort is my care giver? 99% of the time there is no response. One of my favourite memories is the day when my mom accompanied me to a pre op appointment and the medical assistant asked if mom was my nurse! On this occasion I could not help but burst into peals of laughter. My mom was speechless! After taking a-hold of myself I gently told the medical assistant that she was my mom; not my nurse. And very recently my friend and I accompanied my mom to the dentist and lo and behold! They thought my friend was a care giver and asked me for her phone number. When I told the staff that she was not our care giver but our friend they were shocked but at least had the manners to apologize. 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
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