Friday, July 3, 2015

When I lost my wallet


I don't think that I am any different than most people when it comes to reacting after I discover that my wallet has been lost! No, not at all!

Yes, I lost it in a cab going to the airport but thanks to my friend, Diane, I am alive to tell the story today. In putting the pieces together, I dropped it on the seat while I was sorting through my things in my carry-on. I discovered it missing when I got to the airport and then, thanks to some quick thinking Air Canada agents, my friend Diane found it.

She felt around on the seat and there it was! Diane is also blind so she had to use the technique of feeling around to find my wallet. I just hope that it never happens again.

For a blind person it is even more frightening when you have to depend on others to help you and when you can't see what is going on then all heck breaks loose. Thank goodness there was a happy ending.

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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, July 2, 2015

When the iPhone lost its wireless


Another memory for me to smile over as on that day it was quite interesting. I am not sure if there was any sort of visual indicator to tell me that something was wrong with my iPhone but as a blind person I had to find out the hard way.

The iPhone simply quit on me that day. This being that, I was unable to access my favorite apps to read my newspaper. So off I went to check things out with my other devices, and presto! They all worked except for my poor iPhone.

So after figuring out what the problem was, and after my friend informed me that it would cost more than the price of a new iPhone to fix things, I had to bite the dust and purchase a new iPhone.

As I said above, I have no idea if there was any sort of visual indicator to tell me that the wireless had died but there you have it. An experience for me to remember.

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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!"

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

When the iPad went dark


Looking back on this particular memory, I can smile to myself now because if my mom did not tell me so I would never have known it.

On this particular day I wanted to share something with Mom, an article that I had come across while surfing with my iPad. So here I was, so very proud of myself walking towards her with iPad in hand. Then bingo!

She calmly said that she could not read the iPad but thanks to my quick thinking I fixed that quite easily. I just had to go into the settings and increase the brightness and then after that all was well. Not sure why it happened in the first place.

Mom went about her business and read my article while I stood waiting for her to finish. It is so funny, I had no idea that the screen was dark in the first place and then I had to simply go into the settings and fix things.

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!"

Friday, June 26, 2015

Commercials with no descriptions


These commercials continue to exist and for me as a blind person they are simply an irritant that makes me truly disappointed and unhappy.

It is so very annoying to me whenever a commercial is displayed on the TV screen and the announcer says, "for further information call the number on your screen."

This effectively is a deterrent for a blind person because we cannot read the number on our screen. In addition, there are many seniors who are unable to do the same because they are either not fast enough to copy down the number or they, too, are unable to see the number on the screen.

There are other times when a commercial may contain actions with no sound to match the action and I say to this then, what am I supposed to infer from this?

I can only wish that there are producers out there who are paying attention and in the near future this will change. I would hasten to add that things have improved and continue to improve but at a very slow rate.

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!"

Thursday, June 25, 2015

No sound, but pictures


This is what happened a few months ago when my cable box got all mucked up and then the TV followed suit. Good thing that Mom was there to help save the day for me. No sound, no nothing. Just the low hum of the TV to my ears.

Now, if she was not there to tell me that pictures were still showing, then I might have taken a wrong turn with regard to my problem solving. As a matter of fact, I can guarantee you that I would have done just that.

I would probably have ended up calling the management office for help. I am not sure what Mom did but she fiddled with the remote and within a minute or two the sound returned and much to my relief. All in a day's work, as I would put it.

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!"

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mom and me with my iPad


It is so very enjoyable each time Mom and I get together to spend a few minutes with my iPad. This usually takes place whenever I wish to share an article or photo with her. Something that I am reading from the newspaper or from Facebook.

First I tell her what I am reading. Then I ask her if she would like to read/see it. If she says yes then I either walk over to her chair with iPad in hand or she will sometimes walk over to me. And there she would stand attentively and read out loud as I continue to right click along with my finger so that she could continue to read.

These are the moments that I most enjoy. The two of us, close together, sharing information and oh, yes! Mom comments as she reads and if it is a photo, she certainly gives her commentary.

This is so enjoyable for me as I get to listen to Mom's comments, her thoughts, and to her vivid descriptions of whatever photos are there. Mom is so good with this, I can surely recommend her to be an audio describer.

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!"

Friday, June 19, 2015

My water pick


In late 2014 I decided to get a water pick but guess what? There were no instructions in a format that I could read and this was not surprising. The instructions came in regular printed format so Mom had to read it to me.

She was very careful and at the end of it all I was quite comfortable that I had had a great orientation to my new little gadget. The first few nights were very interesting as I played around with my water pick making sure not to have it squirt me and everything around. I managed.

Today, I am feeling much more comfortable with my water pick. I keep it simple and use my sense of touch to help me navigate around my gums with my water pick. Just another little gadget that has joined my life!

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!"