Friday, April 17, 2015

When the pill fell


Looking back at this particular memory, I can laugh now but at the time it was no laughing matter. Yes, the pill was bound to slip off the counter and fall to the floor one day or the other and when it did I was not quite ready to go hunting for it.

I barely heard it when it came tumbling out of the bottle. It was a small round pill and one of those capsules. I heard it plop onto the counter but then and alas! It continued its journey and fell to the floor. The one good thing is that I knew that it did so now I had to put my senses to work and go looking for it.

First I descended gingerly to the floor keeping in mind that I did not want to step on this tiny thing and squash it because if I were to do so then I would have a mess to clean up. Very slowly I did this and then I put one hand at a time on the floor. Next my knees one at a time and then I went methodically inch by inch. Sure enough I found the tiny pill soon enough. It had rolled and lodged itself into a corner between the baseboard of the cupboard and the wall. I was very fortunate that it had done so because it could have stayed in the middle of the floor. This would have been a more difficult task for me.

All in a day's journey.

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

In an unfamiliar supermarket


No, I would never go to an unfamiliar supermarket on my own. I would definitely be looking for trouble that I do not need. However, there are times when I do need to go to one and now I do this with my friend Sue. It could be a daunting experience but at the same time it could be lots of fun.

With a pair of eyes to guide me, we go to a different Metro supermarket at the present time. It is bigger and there are many more aisles for us to travel up and down and more choices of products and produce for me to discover. Sue is simply super! She explains everything to me and she makes it look so easy! There is not anything that she cannot find. I can even expand my choices and look for new things. It is only as intimidating as I allow it to be.

All it means is that I now need to condition my mind to develop new images and new pictures for me in my mind. I have to get used to the new layout and where things are but it is all in a day's journey.

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When the bottles got mixed up


And I can tell you that it was, indeed, a mix up! You see, I did not take the time to distinguish them as I almost always do and this time around I paid the price but luckily my senses of smell and feel saved the day for me.

I had put both bottles next to each other on my counter and for a split second my focus had left me and I soon found myself in trouble. The bottles had gotten mixed up.

You can guess it all right! It all had to do with pills. The bottles felt the same: same height, same size and shape. But at the bottom of each bottle, here is where I found the difference and this, indeed, saved me from getting into further trouble.

Both bottles were supposed to have contained vitamin pills. The pills had the same shape but as I stood there carrying out my examination, it dawned on me that they had to smell differently and so I put my sense of smell to work. Presto! The smells were indeed different and after confirming what I thought they should be I then went to work to check the bottom of each bottle. Sure enough, I found the difference. There were dots at the bottom of each bottle, sure enough, but the shapes were different.

So what have I learned? Just to be more careful the next time.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Friday, April 10, 2015

The voting access terminal


I'm just excited about this newest addition to my world: the voting access terminal. A gadget, or should I say a device, that will enable me to vote more independently in future elections.

This device will enable me, in future elections, to vote more independently. I'll be able to review lists of candidates, choose my candidate and verify it, and then finally submit my ballot without the least amount of sighted assistance.

Congrats to the one who first thought of this machine and it is my hope that this effort will be duplicated elsewhere. This is a huge step in the right direction.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Finding the right pair of slippers


Yes, this is always a very interesting time for me, to find the right pair of slippers that belong to me. However, I am here to tell you that at the end of it all I do end up with the right pair of slippers.

So, how do I determine and decipher that it is indeed my pair of slippers? This entails using my sense of touch to determine. I have to be aware of how my own pair of slippers feels: length, width, style, etc. Then I have to ensure that I find both sides to the pair. Difficult you say? Not as difficult as you may think.

Now, if someone else has the same type of slippers as I, then I have to use other mechanisms. I have to make sure the lengths and thickness match and that if there is someone else with the same type of slippers, that I know whether or not theirs are either smaller or larger than mine. This often happens with Mom and me, when we both have the same types of slippers.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan your friendly accessibility advocate wishing you a terrific day.

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My first pottery lesson


In the fall of 2014 I decided to bite the dust, so to speak, and sign up for pottery lessons and I can tell you that I am not sorry that I did. Of course I had some reservations as a blind person; could a blind person learn to do pottery? I have friends who have done it, but for me, I was definitely hesitant.

Everything has turned out just right for me. My teacher, Joan, is a wonderful teacher and shows no inhibitions when working with a blind person.

In my first lesson I learned to make a mug. I learned to be patient, persistent, and become a better listener. Everything was a slow and purposeful step. Everything had its order. That is, one step followed the next and you could not go onto the next step until the present one was completed.

Joan was very patient with me, explaining things as she went along and at the end of three hours I had made my first mug. No more thinking that a blind person could not do it.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"

Friday, April 3, 2015

Continuing problems at Toronto's International Airport


I can only hope that sooner than later those nagging problems at Toronto's Pearson International Airport would somehow disappear or at least become less of a problem. I do not think that these problems are just confined to this airport alone; it may be a common set of problems at many other airports around the world. At least at those larger international airports.

What kinds of problems? Security agents not telling you what they are doing with the items in your carry-on as they proceed to remove them, placing them on the counter and not telling you where they have placed them. Then they do not even offer to help you replace them in your carry-on. Some special needs agents do not provide you with proper guiding techniques, choosing to take your arm rather than allowing you to take their arm. No way for a cab driver to find help for you when you arrive at the sidewalk outside the terminal doors and you are forced to put up with some rude and impolite agents who tell you to move along and when you ask for help they turn their backs on you. Agents often insisting that you need to sit in a wheelchair despite the fact that you keep telling them that you prefer to walk rather than take a wheelchair.

I, as a blind person, choose to walk and take the arm of an agent rather than be pushed in a wheelchair. I believe that many of my fellow blind community prefer the same. So how do you overcome these types of problems? Through persistence and more persistence.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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This is a personal message from author Donna Jodhan
"Each time we raise our voice at someone else we are engaging in bullying! Each time we raise our hands to slap or punch someone else we are also engaging in bullying and each time we engage in actions to either manipulate or force someone else to do what we want we are also engaging in bullying!

There is no room in this world for bullying and each day we fail to take action against bullying it is another day that we allow others to bully us and our kids. Our heroes and role models are the ones who have made us proud; those brave young men and women who gave their lives for us in past wars and those who continue to do so. They are not the ones who choose to be racists and those who believe that their bad behaviour in public is acceptable.

I write and record audio mysteries that are being used at such events as murder mystery evenings as well as at public awareness and team building events. I promote understanding, tolerance, and problem solving and my audio mysteries continue to be broadcasted around the world and you can listen to them anywhere! On the plane or train! In the car or right there in your home! On your i device or computer!

Please join my campaign against bullying (CAB) by supporting my efforts to keep on writing and recording!
If you truly care then you will certainly dare!"