<![CDATA[Greetings and ah yes! It's a holiday weekend in my neck of the woods! Today I am pleased to share our president's weekly editorial with you and for this week Donna J. Jodhan is wondering if the Canadian Government will be able to keep their promise. Have a great holiday weekend. I'm Christian Robicheau +++++++++++++++ Will the Canadian Government be able to keep their promise? By Donna J. Jodhan This is the million dollar question as we wait and watch anxiously and with the fast approach of spring our anxiety and expectation can only grow. This the timeline that the Canadian Government has set for the passage of the Accessible Canada Act. So what is this question? Simply put! The Canadian Government has promised to hire 5,000 persons with a disability within five years after the Accessible Canadian Act has been passed. This works to about one thousand persons annually. This indeed is an extremely generous promise but there are very legitimate concerns about this that are very important especially so to the blind and vision impaired community. It is all about a well known concern that about 95% of internal systems; both hardware and software systems are not accessible or usable to blind and vision impaired Government employees. Coupled with this is a growing concern that several internal Government board and committees do not have any blind and vision impaired members as sitting members. This means that the voices of blind and vision impaired persons are probably not being heard loudly enough. The other piece to this picture is this: In order to be able to fully understand the needs and requirements of the blind and vision impaired committee, we need to have more representation on boards and committees. If internal surveys and forms continue to be circulated in an inaccessible format then it means that the message is either not being heard or understood or maybe and just maybe our message is being ignored? Or could it be that the message is simply not filtering down from the Minister to the troops on the ground? Whatever the reasons; there are very tangent and legitimate concerns for let us consider this: If at the present time internal systems are not accessible to and usable by blind and vision impaired employees; then how would the Government propose to make this an equal playing field for all persons with all disabilities? Let us add to this the important piece of accessible websites and accessible and usable online forms. Blind and vision impaired persons simply cannot compete on an equal footing if these pieces are not in place and the needs and requirements of said community cannot be understood if legitimate reps are not at the various round tables, committees and other decision making entities. Asking persons with other disabilities to represent the interests of blind and vision impaired persons will not work. 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 Now you can subscribe to my monthly newsletter. 'Let's Talk Tips' is your monthly resource for the most current and reliable informational tips available in the areas of Technology, Nutrition, Media, Business, and Advocacy. http://bit.ly/ADJSubscribe]]>
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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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