<![CDATA[Greetings! I'm Scott Savoy; managing editor at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca and ah yes! Last Saturday of March and spring is supposed to be here but we are still waiting! Today, I am pleased to share an editorial written by our president Donna J. Jodhan with you. She discusses how possible is it for us to play in the same sand box. I wish you a terrific weekend. +++++++++++++++ Is it easier now to play in the same sand box? By Donna J. Jodhan If you had asked me this question about a decade ago my almost ready response would have been a very disappointing and resounding no but if you were to look at this question at the present time I can honestly say that it has become a lot easier to do so. There are still many glitches and challenges to be overcome but we seem to be on the right path. Which sand box am I referring to and who am I referring to? I am referring to the sand box that sighted and blind persons regularly play in. This is a sand box that many blind persons have often been afraid to play in or they have done their best to avoid for the simple reason that they felt that the game was almost tilted in the favor of their sighted compatriots. True or false I'll leave it to you to decide. As a blind person I am going to cast my vote for the true side. Due to many barriers and challenges it has not been always possible for a blind person to play in the same sand box on an equal basis and it is still very true today but thanks to some very intuitive folks such as the late Steve Jobs and others, and the constant efforts of organizations on both sides of the pond such as the RNIB, NFB, ACB, AFB, and a long list of others, the sand box seems to be reformatting itself into a somewhat more level playing field. Countries such as Japan, South Korea, India, and China have all been playing their part to help make the sand box a more enjoyable playing field and thanks to some bold strokes of invention and innovation there are countries in Europe who should be congratulated for their efforts as well. I personally do not think that this sand box will ever be one of a level playing field but one should never give up hope. I believe that as time goes on we will see that the sand box becomes more of an enjoyable one in which to play. The areas that we need to focus our attention on would include better employment opportunities, The same for Education, and let's add sporting possibilities to the mix. Of course, there are other ingredients that can be added. More technological innovations are desperately needed, bolder steps in the medical field, and of course! One of my pet peeves! Equal access to information! I'm Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific day and weekend. You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526. Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/author.jodhan To reach me, please send an email to email@example.com and I would be delighted to send you an electronic copy of our latest newsletter. Or you can view all of our newsletters at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/newsletter.html 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 A monthly editorial on issues on diversity http://www.diversityintheworkplace.ca Now you can enjoy Donna's detective DJ crime crushers Series by visiting http://www.donnajodhan.com]]>
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