<![CDATA[Greetings everyone and alas! It is almost the end of May and I simply cannot believe that this month is just about over. Where did it all go? Today, I am delighted to share our president's weekly editorial with you and for today Donna J. Jodhan talks about who is promising what! With the Province of Ontario election just around the corner; we would like to know if leaders are going to pay any attention to the voices of Ontarians with disabilities. Here's to a great holiday weekend. And enjoy that fabulous Royal Wedding spectacular! I'm Christian Robicheau. +++++++++++++++ Who is promising what? By Donna J. Jodhan With an Ontario election scheduled to take place on June 09 and who knows; by the time that this editorial gets posted we may have had our illustrious Party leaders promising to make things better for Ontarians with disabilities. To date, it has been deafeningly silent on this scene but one never knows when one of these fine folks could break the silence bubble. In the meantime though, we could only wish and hope but more than this that whatever is promised is made with the sincerest commitment and that this commitment will be realized. After thinking about this for some time now and chatting with others, I think that one of the most important issues for our community would be for Party leaders to recognize that the ADP program which has been in existence for many years now no longer serves our needs in any sort of meaningful way. True it is that when it was set up so long ago it was meant to assist persons with disabilities to be able to afford technology. For whereas the intention was a great one at the time; I am afraid that within recent years this program has really sunk to its lowest objectives. As we stand today, several categories have either been scrapped or changed to such an extent that it is no longer possible to obtain any sort of technology of the day. In addition, the wait for persons to receive their technology has increased several fold. ADP vendors have to wait extra long to receive compensation. By the time that recipients do receive their technology it is already outdated. We are told that we can only apply every five years and this alone is a severe restriction on us because it is always going to put us behind. ADP vendors continue to struggle to support us and nine out of 10 times their technical support and training are practically non existent. I can only hope that Party leaders, if they decide to pay attention to the needs of Ontarians with disabilities, will take the time to address this problem. For after all, we pay our taxes like everyone else. Don't we? Just my two cents for today. I'm Donna J. Jodhan wishing you a terrific weekend. To reach me, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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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