The Sterling Creations fall newsletter

The Sterling Creations fall newsletter

                   Hello and welcome to the Sterling Creations fall 2008 newsletter, which is produced quarterly.  We hope that you enjoy it and encourage you to pass it along to those who may be interested in the types of services that we offer.  We welcome your feedback and invite you to give us your comments for it is only through you and with you that we can improve our services. 


Table of contents

1 Message from the president

2 Third quarter news

3 Sterling services

4 Our partners

5 Contact info



Message from the president

Hello there!  My name is Donna J Jodhan, and I am the president of Sterling Creations.  Sterling Creations is delighted to bring you their latest newsletter and we invite you to read more about some of the exciting and interesting things that we have been doing for the past few months.  The last quarter has been especially rewarding for us as we have managed to expand our business as well as our partnerships.  I personally have embarked on some very exciting new ventures and you can read more about it in our third quarter news.


The fall promises to be very interesting for our company and we are looking forward to it with great anticipation.  We are expecting great things for all of our teams as they strive to continue their work in their respective disciplines.  We hope that you enjoy this fall season as fall can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year.


On behalf of the Sterling Creations team I thank you for your continuing support and feedback because with it we can only get better and without it our hopes will only dwindle.

I would like to wish our Canadian customers a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Best wishes for an enjoyable fall.



Third quarter news

The third quarter has been a very busy one for both company and president.  During this quarter, we have managed to continue and expand our business to Britain and Australia and we have managed to snag a few new very exciting proj ects.  Our writing team continues to stay busy working with Children’s authors.  Our research team continues to field and fill requests from both individuals and small businesses seeking their services, and our translation team continues to forge ahead with clients seeking services in Chinese as well as in French and Spanish.


In July, we formed an alliance with Vashaun Jones of and since then, our president Donna J Jodhan has been writing weekly blogs for  Donna is being ably supported by our research and writing teams and you can view her blogs under the category access and accessibility at  Vashaun Jones is a very dynamic and savvy businessman in the accessibility arena and is going places in a big way.  He has recently joined forces with the National Federation for the Blind and one of his objectives is to expand into Canada and beyond.  You can read more about Vashaun Jones in the our partners section.


In early September, Sterling Creations landed a real gem when it hooked up with Jeof Collis at  Geof Collis is a very well known accessibility expert in the field and is not afraid to say what is on his mind.  Our president Donna J Jodhan has embarked on a very rewarding venture to write biweekly blogs for Geof Collis’s website and you can view her blogs at  Geof’s online magazine has a present readership of almost 1200 subscribers.  Geof is going places and you can read more about him in the our partners section.


Our president is really not satisfied to stay still and in addition to the two above mentioned items, she has managed to partner with researchers at the University of Toronto to engage in a very exciting venture that has great potential.

Our president Donna J Jodhan is working with researchers at the University of Toronto on a project that explores how community engagement can be used to help screen reader users in evaluating the credibility of information they seek online as part of everyday life.  This project has great potential and we are hoping that in our next issue, we will have something very exciting to report to you.


Boston!  Boston here we come! 

Again, it is our president who is grabbing center stage!  Donna is on her way to Boston and come January 2009 she will be working at the Perkins school for the Blind for three months.  Thanks to the president of Perkins, Steven M. Rothstein, Donna is going to be working with Gayle Yarnall, Director, Adaptive Technology,

A Division of Perkins Products.  These are going to be very exciting times for all of us and despite Donna’s stay in Boston, she will be close enough to keep an eye on the company to ensure that everything continues to run smoothly.


Golden Fleece of Australia, a company that specializes in the writing of Greek Mythology for children, has just appointed Sterling Creations as its official editors.  This is a great coup for us as for the past two and a half years, our company has been working closely with Golden Fleece to proofread and edit their children’s books.  Golden Fleece is actively pursuing opportunities in both Asia and the Middle East and has several contracts on its table to market and sell their books in these parts of the world.  Congratulations are in order for our writing team.


More congratulations are in order for our writing and research teams as they now team up with Donna to produce a weekly blog called important answers to consumers questions at  This is a very insightful and interesting weekly feature where Donna and our teams combine to answer questions from emailers to  This website is presently being redesigned to focus on the needs and interests of aging baby boomers, retirees, and seniors.  Work on this website should be completed by the end of October and we hope you take a moment to check out Donna’s weekly feature.


In July, the Sterling Creations translation team embarked on a very aggressive marketing campaign to reach out to potential customers in Toronto and thanks to the folks at Avalanche Networks, the campaign has surpassed all expectations.  Stay tuned for our winter issue where we will have much more to tell you.



Sterling Services



Meet our accessibility team!  Made up of a hard working group of very dedicated professionals.  

This team offers compliance and evaluation services.  They can help you to test and evaluate your websites for W3C compliance.  They are experienced at what they do and some of their tasks include:

Accessible website design and development.

Accessible website testing and evaluation.

Accessible content development.

Creation of user testing, technical support, high level, and detailed evaluation documents.

Managing of user testing teams.

User and technical support.

Hardware and software evaluations of access technology.

Presentations, seminars, and workshops.


Meet our research services team!  Our newest edition.

This team can help you to research info on all kinds of topics.  From simple subjects to the more complicated ones.  This team can do it.

At the present time the research team is heavily involved in helping clients to research info for some very complicated Human Rights cases and in addition, they are assisting several authors to find ways to market their books.

They also offer their research services to home businesses, small businesses, and to individuals.

Some of their tasks include:

Researching of requested info.

Producing well-written documents containing the requested info.

This team can carry out Internet, phone, and library research on your behalf.


Meet our writing team!  Known as the one stop writing shop.

This team is probably the busiest of our groups.  Working with authors, students, and marketing personnel from companies of all sizes.

Some of their tasks include:

Proofreading and editing. 

Copy writing.


The writing team can help you to enhance and expand your articles, blogs, newsletters, online magazines, and web content.

To see samples of their work you can visit and there you’ll find daily blogs produced by this team. 


Meet our translation team!  Made up of translators and language coaches.

This team works in English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin.  They are heavily involved in the translation of storybooks for kids into several languages.

Their language coaches are also heavily involved in helping business professionals and new Canadians to become more proficient at writing and speaking English.

Our dynamic team of translators and language coaches can help you to improve and translate your articles, blogs, emails, faxes, newsletters, and online magazines.  In addition, they offer services to help you improve your phone conversation.

Some of their tasks include:


Language coaching.


Proofreading and editing.


To learn more about our accessibility, research, and writing services, please visit and while there check out our free monthly online magazine.  You can go directly to this magazine by visiting  This magazine is filled with articles of interest to the special needs population; there is also a section on helpful tips, and an editorial written by Donna J Jodhan.  The helpful tips section contains tips on a wide range of topics.  From the kitchen to your diet, and from your computer to tidbits on disabling diseases and even some tips on the workplace.  You can even submit your comments to this magazine by emailing us at

To learn more about our translation team, please visit and while there check out their weekly blog on the free useful info page.  This page contains some very helpful news for translators and language professionals and in addition, there is an editorial on various types of opportunities for language professionals.


Our new sister website!  If you would like to make some light hearted contributions at absolutely no cost, then please send your contributions to  Visit our new sister at and there you will find a lot of interesting information, books to read, plus more.



Our Partners


We would now like to introduce you to our partners and invite you to check them out.


About MIAD

With over 15 years of business experience, MIAD Information Systems Ltd. is a full-line supplier of IT Hardware/Software and Service and Support for the GTA.  MIAD provides custom and name brand servers, laptops, notebooks and workstations, as well as warranty and non-warranty repairs service for major laptop/notebook brands such as IBM, Lenovo, HP, Compaq, and Dell.  MIAD has formed strategic partnerships with major IT manufacturers to deliver integrated business solutions that enable our customers to compete and grow in these demanding economic times.  We specialize in Customizable IT Solutions for Small/Medium businesses and custom tailor our solutions to the individual needs of your organization. Recognized across Canada for our Service Excellence by our customers and our Service Partners, IBM/Lenovo, HP, Apple and others. At MIAD we understand information technology and its use in solving problems. MIAD is more than just a company that fills orders; we specialize in developing creative, cost-effective solutions for our Clients, large and small. The commitment to quality and performance is proven by the successful partnerships we have formed with significant companies and institutions in the Canadian Educational, Health and Corporate sectors.


About Texthelp Systems’ Browsealoud

 Texthelp Systems’ Browsealoud is the preferred solution for speech enabling website content and increasing access for individuals with literacy difficulties. This award winning web accessibility solution, reads aloud all website content including Alt Tags, embedded PDF and Microsoft Word documents, and secure pages.  Reading text aloud combined with dual color highlighting makes it easier for users to read the web, interact online, or even learn to read.  Browsealoud is a subscription based service with a free download for your website visitors. It’s easy to implement and even easier to use, and is the only truly accessible text to speech solution for both website owners and visitors. 


See for yourself how Browsealoud works on these Browsealoud enabled sites:  

 City of Ottawa –

·                                 Province of Ontario –

·                       !ut/p/.cm/cs/.ce/7_0_A/.s/7_0_252/_s.7_0_A/7_0_252/_l/en?docid=STEL01_100996

·                                 Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health & Safety Board –


·                                 Cambrian College –

·                        dex.php

·                                 Niagara College –



·                                 About

·                                 President Geof Collis

·                                 “Bad Eyes Design and Consulting builds industry leading, accessible

·                                 websites using today’s best practices and in accordance with the W3C

·                                 standards and provides

·                                   accessibility audits. Visit them on the web at



·                                 About

·                                 President Vashaun Jones

·                                 Are you in search for that perfect job?

·                                 Do you have a software application that you need training on or a computer operating system that you want to advance in?

·                                 If the answer to either of these questions is yes then we are the company to assist you. We are LLC, specializing in online training for Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems.

·                                 If you work during the day or are in school and need a flexible time to train then we are here to help. We employ a staff of over 50 access technology specialist all over the globe, so we are able to provide training on your schedule and best of all it’s all done from the comfort of your own home.

·                                 If you need to learn Microsoft Office, Terminal in Mac or a flavor of Linux then we are only a click away.

·                                 For any readers of this newsletter LLC is offering a 20% discount if you use the coupon code “advancement”.

·                                 For more information and other fun stuff like our blog, mailing list or podcast, check us out on the web at or send an e-mail to



Contact info

To contact us by email:  Please send your email to

To contact us by phone:  Please give us a call at (416) 491-7711




About Donna Jodhan

Donna Jodhan is an award winning blind author, advocate, sight loss coach, blogger, podcast commentator, and accessibility specialist.
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