Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I thought I was going to die: In the earthquake


Oh, boy!  What an experience and one never to forget.  On August 21, 2018, I
honestly felt that these were my last moments.

Here I was, standing not too far away from Mom at around dinnertime when the
earthquake struck.  It lasted for around 90 seconds and was a 6.9 on the Richter scale.

No, I could not see anything around me but I knew darn well that everything was shaking. From our fridge to glasses and dishes and other things around us.  Mom later told me that our fridge started to dance and that for a split second she thought of going to stand by it to try and stop it from shaking.

As someone who is vision impaired, it is indeed a very strange experience to feel everything shaking and not knowing anything else.  For one moment I thought that we would end up in the sea but thank God that did not happen.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

A favourite childhood memory: Pretending in the mirror


The mirror was the one in Mom's wardrobe and I can still remember those happy, innocent childhood days when she would let me stand in front of her mirror.  So many times when she would open her wardrobe and let me do my thing.

I could not see my own reflection so I would improvise and imagine.  I conjured up colours dancing in front of my eyes.  There were vivid colours: sunny yellow, bright orange, sky blue, grass green, pretty pink, and rose red.  Then I would have various combinations of them.

Next I would graduate to objects and then put colours to them and if Mom gave me enough time I would start to create stories. 

These were such wonderful and treasured times for me and ones that shall forever remain in my memory bank.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Unforgotten memories: Remembering the childhood stories


I like to say that as a child I was extremely lucky because my childhood stories came in so many different forms and I had three great story tellers around me.

First, there was Dad with his vivid imagination.  He told me stories about fairies, princesses and princes. Queens and kings, and tigers and lions in the forests.  Then he would read historical stories to me from his vast library of history.

Then came Granny and she made up folk tales for me and stories about our dogs doing all kinds of things like going to market, causing havoc at the airports, and more.

Then there was Mom who made up stories about other types of things and then she would let me listen to children's stories on vinyl. 

So there it was: a plethora of stories from my family.  And it is probably what has helped me to become an author!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Pleasant listening: What happens when rain falls


For me, as someone who is vision impaired, it is always a very interesting experience, and for better or worse there is nothing that I can do about it. 

Firstly, if the rain is heavy then my ability to navigate around myself is greatly hampered because I am unable to hear what is close by.  I cannot hear what others are saying to me and I am lost because I become disoriented.

Then come the puddles that I am forced to try and avoid.  I have to walk gingerly and use my cane to try and locate the puddles. 

If I am with someone else then I need to place my trust in them when walking, in that I would trust them to lead me around the puddles.

I love it when rain falls because I get to hear the raindrops drumming on my windows. Or if I happen to be in the Caribbean I can hear them falling on rooftops.  I also like to hear the cars driving through the puddles and making splashing sounds as they go.

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

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Who is Santa Claus? By Donna J. Jodhan


He comes primarily at Christmas time but did you know that he is always with us?  Many of our youngest ones think that he lives in the far North but in reality he lives anywhere and everywhere.

In North America and colder countries, he makes his entry into our homes through our chimneys and the modern day Santa can also leave his presents outside the doors of our condos and town houses.  He can travel in so many different ways: on a sleigh, on a motorcycle, on a truck, by bicycle, by ship or boat, by plane or helicopter, and even on foot.  It all depends on where he is and what he needs to do in order to get where he needs to go.

Believe it or not, Santa Clause goes by so many different names and it can be easily said that he has several different aliases.  In the colder countries he is known as either Santa Claus or Father Christmas.  In the Eastern countries he is known as St. Nick and in the warmer tropical countries he is known as Sandy Claus!  Of course, there are other names for him as well.

To the wide-eyed kid he is the one in a red suit who wears a white beard and he has a huge laugh of ho, ho, ho!  He brings toys and goodies down the chimneys of homes and he hands out gifts at malls and at parties.  He shows up at parades, he hands out toys from open-roofed trucks, and he lugs his goodies on bicycles, motorcycles and on his back.  He even drops off his gifts by ship, boat, helicopter, and plane.

This is who he is to those little ones who still believe in Santa.  However, there is more to this fat jolly man than just the one who does these things.

Whenever we smile at a stranger, nod a greeting to someone that we do not know, or take the time to give a gift to someone who is less fortunate than we are, these are all deeds of Santa Claus's generosity. In essence we, too, are Santa Claus in our own way but we do not have to wait until Christmas to do this. 

The secret of Christmas may be this!  It's not the things you do at Christmas time, but the Christmas things you do all year through!  Taken from a Christmas song.

Merry Christmas from me!


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

The Christmas feeling


Christmas for me is simply a plethora of feelings, emotions, and so much more.  Christmas for me is a season where so many memories race across my mind.  I can tell you that Christmas for me can be viewed in two different ways; as someone who has precious little vision and as one who once upon a time had enough vision to see so much.

When I had enough vision to see many things, I could appreciate the flickering candles in church, the flashing colored lights as I skated around an outdoor rink, crowded streets with scurrying shoppers, Christmas trees loaded with decorations and presents piled high beneath, tables loaded with dishes of food. And of course, Santa Claus!  I used to spend so much time in the toy departments admiring the dolls and doll houses.  Drawing sets and coloring books.  I used to help decorate the house and always enjoyed putting up the angels, the lights, and most of all the manger with all of the figures. 

Now that my vision has dwindled to almost nothing, I have all of these memories to bolster my enjoyment of Christmas. In addition, I use my senses of sound and smell to help me continue enjoying.  Fragrances of burning firewood, pine, baking cookies, and turkey and pork all help me to conjure up pictures and images of years gone by.  Sounds of bells, kids laughing, Santa Claus ho ho hoing, and the scraping of blades on ice add to my happy memories.  You see, I have so many ways to recreate, reproduce, and make new memories.

Christmas as a blind person could be really interesting.  So much to enjoy and so much to share with others.  Christmas through the eyes of a blind person could be a very different perspective for many.  You can learn more by visiting www.acb.org.

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


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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Some day at Christmas


One of my favourite Christmas Carols is "Some day at Christmas," made popular by the late Michael Jackson.  Yes, some day at Christmas, when I could wake up on a peaceful morning and welcome yet another special day with my loved ones around me and the Christ Child in my heart. 

When I would be able to say, "Finally!  All is well and now blind kids will have an equal opportunity to be like their mainstream counterparts."  When they can play with mainstream toys and be able to use cell phones and IPods just like sighted kids.  When they would be able to play with games just like their sighted friends and not have to worry about inaccessibility.  When their classrooms and playgrounds would be free of accessibility barriers and they would have an equal opportunity to be just kids!

Some day at Christmas, when I could go to bed just before Santa makes his rounds, knowing that all of my wishes have been granted.  That all websites have been made  accessible.  That all supermarkets and stores have  been made fully accessible to blind persons.  That online courses and distance learning have all been made accessible and usable to blind persons.  That blind persons have equal access to all reading materials in the same way that sighted persons do. 

Some day at Christmas, after Santa has come and gone leaving a huge package for me under my Christmas tree, I could wake up and say, "Finally!  The banks have finally gotten it!  Their ATMs are now fully accessible.  Blind persons can now access all point of sale devices and touch screens without having to ask for sighted assistance. Blind passengers can now access kiosks at airports, they can enjoy movies onboard airplanes, and no more problems at airports, train stations, and bus terminals for them."

Some day at Christmas, as I sit quietly in a church along with others waiting for the Christmas Mass to begin, I could say, "Thank you, God, for ensuring that from now on society will treat blind persons as normal persons who can function on their own and the only thing wrong with them is that they are unable to see."

Some day at Christmas!  Ah, yes it is only my dreams but who says that dreams don't come true?  The smell of cookies baking in my kitchen are real!  Christmas Carols being played around me are real!  Children laughing and families decorating are real!  Is it too much for me to ask Santa to help make my dreams come true?

The late Steve Jobs made some of my dreams and those of other blind persons come true!  Dare I dream that there could be another Steve Jobs out there just waiting to bring hope to the blind world?

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, wishing you a very merry Christmas!
Joyeux noèl!  Feliz Navidad!




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