Friday, October 19, 2018

A most humiliating experiences for me: No access when I voted in the Ontario Elections on June 7, 2018


Believe it or not, this was a total shock for me.  I could only say that it was one of the most horrible experiences for me when it comes to voting in Canada.

Prior to this experience on June 7, 2018, all of my experiences re voting in the Ontario Elections were excellent so just imagine my horror when I went to vote this time.  Here is the short story.

Staff at the polls were absolutely not trained to interact and communicate with a vision-impaired person.  They refused to communicate directly with me, choosing instead to insist that I sit in a chair and then communicating with my friend on my behalf.

They did not understand when my friend and I insisted that I be given my right to vote privately in the booth, insisting that either she or they could accompany me into the voting booth to cast my ballot.

They had no idea where to find the Braille templates or Braille documents.  They did not even know how to assemble the template and then slip the ballot into the template.  Most of all, the Braille was unreadable.

It is my right, just as it is the right of everyone else, to be allowed to vote in privacy. When staff such as these folks display such unawareness and lack of understanding I can only shake my head in disbelief and then do the right thing!  Take Elections Ontario to the Human Rights Tribunal!

This was totally unacceptable!

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

What a funny experience! Putting the wrong bottle in the freezer


Well now!  Here is another classic of how I almost ended up off of the beaten track and at the end of it all I simply had to laugh at myself. Here's the short form of the story.

I had bought a bottle of flavoured water at the supermarket and then had brought it home.  I placed it in my pantry next to a bottle of honey and then a few days later I returned to my pantry to retrieve the bottle of flavoured water so that I could freeze it for a few hours before taking it with me to an exam.

So far so good.  I removed what I thought was the bottle and placed it in the freezer and the next day I took it out of the freezer and was just going to leave it in my fridge to thaw out when I decided to check it to make sure that all was good.  Alas!  It was not good!

I soon discovered that instead of freezing the bottle of flavoured water, I had done it to the bottle of honey!  Time to correct but not panic!  I went to my pantry and retrieved the correct bottle, the flavoured water, and put it in the freezer.  Then I replaced the frozen bottle of honey on the shelf in my pantry.

Both bottles felt the same and were of the same height and this is how I got tripped up.  However, what I should have done was to shake the bottle when I first went to my pantry and no doubt I would have been able to avoid this mistake.

All in a day's work.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A learning experience: Changing the light bulb in my bathroom


I can honestly tell you that this was probably one of the funniest experiences for me.  Now that I can no longer see light, and I am not sure why I do this, I still turn on lights and then turn them off at night or when I am finished in my bathroom.

Whenever I remember, I check the light bulbs in my bathroom to make sure that they are still working and this is exactly what I did a few months ago.

I carefully stood on my step stool and placed my hand gingerly on each of the five bulbs.  Alas!  One of the bulbs was cold to the touch so I knew that it was not lighting up.  So, I retrieved a new bulb, removed the offending one, and then proceeded to screw in the new bulb.

It took me a bit of time to fix things because I had to be very careful when inserting the new bulb so as not to get a current shock.  When I inserted the new bulb and screwed it in, I had to place my hand gingerly on the top of the bulb to make sure that it was lighting.

Eventually, I got it done.  All in a day's work.

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Friday, October 12, 2018

A person of a lifetime: Getting ready to say so long to Joan


I have had the pleasure and privilege of being a part of Joan Spears’ life since 2014 and I will say most emphatically that it has been a great experience.

Joan has taught me so much; not just the rudiments of pottery but so much more.  I have learned to become more patient.  I have had the opportunity to use my creativity to build some really super pieces and I have had the pleasure to work with a very special lady.

I have never seen Joan in a down or unhappy mood.  She is always so very positive and ready to share her skills and knowledge.  She has taught me so much and soon I’ll be saying so long to her as she walks away into retirement.

Thank you, Joan, for everything and God be with you as you start a new chapter in your life.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

A terrific experience: An audio description of my birthday lunch


For my birthday in 2018 I was so pleased when my dear friend Gabriella provided me with a terrific audio description of my birthday lunch.  From start to finish, she described every detail to me.

Gabriella took me for a Japanese lunch. As we sat at the cooking table waiting to be served, she described everything starting with the items on the menu to a detailed description of our choices of dishes, and then to what the chef was doing and how he was doing it.

I thoroughly enjoyed this meal with Gabriella and as I would say, I did not miss anything. Gabriella is a very unique person in that she has always taken the time and patience to describe things to me.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Time to sweat bullets: Exam time once more


It always seems as if exam time comes a bit too quickly, but truth be told it comes once a year in the springtime. And when it does it always seems as if I am scrambling to be ready.

For the past few years I have been studying for my Law degree from the University of London England and taking my sweet time at doing it.  I have always wanted to become a lawyer but given the present landscape in my personal life, I really do not mind at all.

I will not be seeking to become an Attorney at Law, choosing instead to obtain my Law degree.  I have learned a lot over the last few years and this in itself has helped me to be a much better advocate.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

A refreshing evening: Meeting Wendy Robins


She was probably one of the most pleasant persons for me to have met in a long time.  She was refreshing, open, and so very friendly.

Wendy is going to be working with me to produce an article that will give an in-depth history of my successful legal challenge against the Canadian Government over their inaccessible websites.  At this dinner meeting, Wendy worked with me and my friend Gabriella to lay down the foundations for the article.

Wendy did not seem to be uncomfortable in any way to be in the presence of someone who is vision impaired.  She was totally at ease and even went the extra mile to render assistance even before I thought to ask.

The world needs more folks like Wendy to help create a friendlier environment for blind and vision-impaired persons.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

A humourous experience: The horse in the restaurant


On May 17, 2018, my friend Gabriella and I met with a professional writer to discuss her writing an article that would present a chronological history of my Charter Challenge and the events leading up to the introduction of the Accessible Canada Act to the Canadian Parliament.

We went to a restaurant in the Yorkdale Mall and just imagine my disbelief when Gabriella told me that there was a replica of a horse in the restaurant.

No, no kidding!  It was indeed a life size replica and I just could not believe it.  Gabriella offered to take me over to inspect said replica but I declined.  For as much as I adore and admire horses, I have never ridden one; there was something very strange about the entire thing.

I was not sure if my imagination took over but there it was.  I preferred not to feel and inspect it.

For the life of me I just could not understand why anyone would want to have the life size replica of a horse at a restaurant, but there you have it.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

It's no fun! Traveling alone


This is probably one of the most challenging things for me these days. With the world of travel changing all of the time, it only becomes more difficult for me as someone with a vision impairment.

It does not really matter how helpful agents are. It is the anxiety of hoping that no matter what, I will encounter helpful and friendly agents along the way.

It does not matter how much notice I give to airlines beforehand or to ground assistance companies before I travel, the anxiety for me is always there.

It all starts before I get to the airport and it does not end until I am safely in the car of family or friends.  From the curb to the check in counter, and from check in at security to the gate, everything for me is oh so stressful.

Then, aboard the aircraft to touch down and then to customs and immigration, it is the same.  Then to locate the luggage.  Then, on the return journey, it is no different!

Traveling across Canada may be a bit less stressful because when I travel internationally I cannot determine beforehand what I am going to encounter. Just another challenge for me to face each time I travel.

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Friday, September 28, 2018

Frustrating times! Tired of advocating?


Yes, I sometimes become very tired. But when I stop to think about the reasons I continue to do so, then this is where I stop, think, look left and right, up and down, and remember that I am not just doing it for myself.  I am doing it for others and for our kids of the future.

Advocacy becomes tiring when lawyers deliberately fight against the flow of the current, choosing instead to erect barriers and use the deep pockets of their clients to bully, intimidate, and wear us down.

Advocacy becomes tiring when those in authority knowingly remove our services and products, citing budget constraints and cost cuts.  Advocacy becomes extremely difficult whenever companies believe that satisfying their shareholders is what is needed and then they refuse to involve their shareholders in decisions pertaining to advocacy, choosing instead to make the decisions on their own.

All in a day’s work.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

No fun! When notifications are not in electronic format


There used to be a time when the property management office would often forget to provide me with notifications in electronic format. But ever since I complained robustly with a mild threat that I would take them to court if this continued, everything has changed.

It is usually not my style to threaten anyone but when the lack of electronic notifications could easily lead to some interesting situations and potential danger, then here is where I draw the line.

Here is an example.
I could be sitting around in my condo in a state of undress and workers enter my condo to carry out some work.  Of course we have been notified beforehand but I never got the notice so this is what has happened and now everyone, especially me, is totally embarrassed.

Another example would be if a notice is circulated giving out new numbers for the superintendents and an emergency arises and I do not have their numbers because I never received the notice in a readable format.  I am in difficulty and who do I call?

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Something new to learn! Learning to manage my cable box with Sandra


I have no guilt feelings when it comes to the continuing fights that I have with my cable box.  In short, I am not very happy with my cable box and at times I have been hard pressed not to pick it up and throw it through the window.

The other day my neighbour Sandra came over to try and help win the battle, but alas!  I am still fighting with the darn thing.

Here is the problem.  Each time there is a power outage my cable box needs to be reset.  Sure, I can unplug the cable box’s power cord and then plug it back in after a few seconds but here is where my abilities end.  I have no idea what is on the TV’s screen let alone be able to put my TV back on to channel 3.  Sure, I can use the buttons on the TV to flick but do I go up or down?

Sandra realized this when she tried to help me.  So, I am still seeking a solution.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

An unavoidable challenge: A communication barrier


For me, whenever oral communication is hampered then here is where the communication barrier sets in.  And it normally happens whenever any of the following occurs.

Whenever I communicate with someone whose first language is not English. Whenever someone uses gestures or eye contact. Whenever someone uses body language. Whenever someone uses printed media or communication. Whenever someone sends me files in PDF formats that have not been tagged for accessibility.

This is a continuing challenge for me and all that I can do is to keep on trying.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Having some fun: The matching jacket and cane tip


Just imagine my big smile when Gabriella told me that my jacket and cane tip matched each other on the day when we were going out to run errands.

Truth be told, even when I had enough vision to match my outfits to my accessories, I never ever paid attention to it.  So, when Gabriella noticed this it was a huge first for me.

It is always nice when things do match but my poor old cane tip is never really in the picture when it comes to matching things.  Having had vision previously it is always nice to have things matched and even now that I do not have any vision, it still matters.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A surprise! When did the picture go cloudy?


Looking back at this experience, I can’t help but smile to myself.  I would never have known that my TV’s picture was now cloudy were it not for David and Sandra telling me.

Yes, it is now cloudy and I need to find a way to fix it so that Mom will be able to enjoy her movies and programs when she watches TV at my home.  It does not matter for me as long as the sound is good, but not for Mom.

There is always something to fix when it comes to my cable box and my TV and it does not matter when the picture became cloudy. It's just another challenge in my life to overcome.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

A different experience: Sue's different car


I always seem to know when Sue has pulled up at my driveway in her car.  For some reason her car makes a unique noise when it arrives and I am right there to hear it.

However, on this particular day she fooled me when she arrived in her mom’s car.  I had to smile to myself when she called out to me when she arrived and she was so quick to see the surprised expression on my face. 

I smiled to myself as I walked towards her.  Such a funny experience.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Gone but not forgotten: Remembering Vern


I know that when he passed on, we had not seen each other for several years but this does not mean that I did not think of him from time to time. 

Vern was one of those very unique individuals who never seemed uncomfortable around me and he never seemed to be inhibited by my being vision-impaired.  He treated me as an equal, was never afraid to discuss politics and hot topics with me and I am truly grateful that I had the chance to know him. 

Vern loved to take me to eat Roti and he and Yvonne often took me to eat out and go shopping.  He had a wicked sense of humor and was always looking for things to do with me.  

Rest in Peace, Vern; travel safely now and save a place at your table for me! Until we meet again!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A springtime favourite: Awaiting the doves


This is probably one of my favourite annual springtime anticipations, the arrival of the doves to give birth to their little ones on our balcony.

This balcony is just outside my office and each year the adult doves come by for a visit which lasts for about a month or so.

I know that they have arrived when I hear them on a quiet early morning as I work in my office.  I can hear them chatting with each other and it does not matter that I cannot see them because of not having nearly enough vision, they are most welcome to my balcony.

Then, a few days later, I can tell that something has occurred: yes!  The birth of some little ones but I do not know how many.  Then, from here on in it is a total delight and pleasure for me.

Each morning I look forward to hearing them.  I start work at around 3 am and they already seem to be awake.   I can easily distinguish between parents and kids; the voices are very different to my ear.  The little ones have voices that are soft, sweet, and hesitant while the parents  are bolder and more authoritative.

I estimate that my feathered guests stay for about a month with me and then they are gone.  The family moves out without notifying me but I know that others will be back next year.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Extra precaution: Making sure with my mail


I have always had and shall always need a very disciplined approach when it comes to sorting my mail, and why?

Because I need to ensure that I keep what I need to keep and not throw it out in error and to throw away those mails that are what I call junk mail.  In many cases it is not too hard for me to decipher but I still need to be watchful.  I use my Ipal Solo stand-alone scanner to help me out but once in a while my trusted scanner is unable to read accurately and I either need to guess or seek sighted assistance. 

Nevertheless, I am careful and watchful each time I sort my mail.  We are living in a world where scammers are everywhere and they are only waiting to pounce whenever we give them the slightest of opportunities to take advantage of our slip ups.  That is, when we inadvertently become a wee bit careless and throw away important mail in our garbage.

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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

A new challenge: Hanging the fallen picture


Now that I no longer have enough vision to hang my own pictures, I need to depend on others to do it for me. Here is what happened recently when one of my pictures fell off the wall.

In the good old days I would have picked it up and hung it back in its place. But, with not being able to see enough, it is difficult for me now.

I cannot decipher whether or not it is upside down or whether or not it is hanging straight.  In most cases I know what it is because of my excellent memory, but if I forget then I am in big trouble. 

So, these are the reasons why I can no longer hang pictures when they have fallen or even new pictures.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit 
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fun times! Sorting out my ornaments


This is probably one of my favourite things to do and I can spend a lot of time doing this.  I simply love to make sure that I know what each one is and then to put it in its appropriate place either in my cabinet or on my book shelf.

Now that I have decided to pursue pottery making, I find myself making all kinds of ornaments; from bird houses and gingerbread houses to boats and Christmas trees. 

I am still able to decide what colours I want them to be, but alas!  I can only imagine the colours now because I can no longer see them. 

This definitely does not prevent me from having fun.  I simply love to hold them in my hands and run my fingers up and down and along their widths and lengths.

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

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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Not my favourite thing: Turning the clocks forward


This is probably one of my least favourite tasks to do because each time we need to turn the clocks forward I need to seek sighted assistance to do so. 

It is the case with all of my digital clocks because they are not talking clocks.  They all chime and this is great but there is no way for me to set and reset them because they do not speak.  So I have to grin and bear it whenever it comes to moving the clocks back and forward. 

Thank goodness for my neighbour Sandra and my mom.  Maybe some day someone will develop a speaking option for digital clocks or maybe there is already something out there and I am not aware.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

So happy: Continuing with my knitting


I can't begin to tell you how happy I am  to be able to be continuing with my knitting.  When I lost Robbie in the fall of 2017 I honestly thought that my knitting days were over. But then came Rochelle and now everything is back on track.

Rochelle is fun!  She is entertaining and refreshing!  She is patient and oh so positive!  In short, she is a Godsend and now my knitting is definitely back on track!

I am confident and less hesitant.  I am willing to try and my fingers are definitely more comfortable when working with the wool.

I am now in the midst of making a hat and with some commitment and patience I hope to complete it by the end of this summer.  Then it is on to other things for the fall.

Rochelle has already shown my progress to Robbie.  She recently took pictures of my knitting with her iPhone and sent it to him.  He was so pleased with me.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit 
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A funny experience: The mysterious hanger


I always try to do my best to make sure that I know where I put my stuff; particularly, where I put my clothes both inside and outside of my closet.

In particular, I am very conscious of where I leave my hangers because I need to ensure at all times that I can find them when I need them.  Whenever I am missing a hanger I spend precious time locating and putting it in its right spot with the associated piece of clothing.  However, whenever  I find an extra hanger I am forced to spend time trying to figure out from whence it came. 

This is what happened not too long ago when I found the extra hanger and this time it took me a bit of time to solve it all.  In the end, the hanger was found on the sofa in my room and the clothing for it was found lying on my bed.  All in a day's work.

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

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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Forever beautiful: England calling


Yes, it's England calling and not just London calling!  Not sure why but this beautiful country shall always have a special place in my heart!

I learned so much when I studied there as a teen.  I met many wonderful young ladies and experienced so much.

I learned to be more independent.  I learned how to fend for myself.  I learned how to cope and I learned that, indeed, I was a very privileged kid.

Not many kids at that age would have had the opportunities that I did and for this I shall be eternally grateful.  The thing is that I did not really realize this until many years later but it is never too late to discover.

I visited England in 2014 to play chess at Windermere and I am planning to go again in January of 2019.  Hold on, England!  I am coming to see you once more!

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Great times: Memories of the Tabi Stores


I have to admit that shopping at the Tabi stores was probably one of my most cherished and favourite memories.  Mom and I were treated to wonderful service from our favourite sales lady, Nouri.

Nouri was not just our favourite sales lady, she was a friend and a confidante.  Nouri always had time for us.  She helped us to choose our clothes, took time to make sure that we were happy and satisfied, and she always took time to chat with us.

I never got tired of shopping at the Tabi stores.  I loved to smell the new clothes and to examine all of Nouri's suggestions.  When I had enough vision to see what I was buying, I would simply love to spend time among the racks, matching and mixing outfits.

There are so many happy memories for me and even after she was transferred from the Fairview Mall to downtown, we still kept in touch. As I write this, I wonder what Nouri is up to these days and I can only wish and hope that she is well and enjoying whatever she is doing. Such a unique and unusual person!

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit 
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A pleasure to have worked with you: Good luck, Melanie


From time to time one is lucky to meet a very unusual person and this is exactly how I felt when I met Melanie Charron at Elections Canada.  She was unique because she understood and she knew exactly what to do.  She was innovative and insightful and she always seemed to know what to do before I asked her a question.

I met Melanie in February 2014 and had the pleasure of working with her until March 2018. It was a great experience for me and I learned a lot from her.

Whenever I traveled to Ottawa to attend one of the face-to-face meetings hosted by Elections Canada, Melanie was always there to lend a helping hand.  Her guiding techniques were first class and her commitment to attention was second to none.  Melanie knew how to communicate with me as someone who is vision-impaired.

At my last meeting she went beyond the call of duty to place a dongle on the door to my hotel room; a very thoughtful and innovative action.

Good luck, Melanie!  I am going to miss you!

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Friday, August 10, 2018

A wonderful young man: Working with Shane


I met Shane in 2017 when I visited Seneca College to write one of my law exams and he is probably one of the most patient support technicians that I have met in a very long time.  Not only is he patient but he is thorough and intuitive.

I have had to call on Shane's services in times of need when I required assistance to sort out email clients and more.  Shane has never made me uncomfortable nor has he seemed to be uncomfortable with working with me as a vision-impaired person.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

A joy to work with: He is my favorite customer service techie


His name is Imad and it does appear to me that there is nothing that he cannot do.  He is smart and savvy but above all he knows how to explain things to me, especially so as to someone who is vision-impaired.

I have known Imad for many years now.  He is so aware of my requirements and he knows how to work with me.  He takes his time to explain things to me and he is so very patient.  The most important thing is that he is not afraid to work with me as someone who is vision-impaired.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit 
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A hard nut to crack: When Sophie followed my example


Sophie has been my hairdresser for several years now and for the most part I have been very happy with her services. But every now and then she somehow forgets to follow my instructions and here is where she decides to do her own thing, as they say. 

So, how do I deal with this?  I just need to be very much on the ball.  To follow her every step of the way and to make sure that she does exactly what I want or wish her to do. 

The other day I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I decided to take a razor and trace out my outline at the back of my head and presto!  It sure worked!  At the end of my haircut we were both very happy.

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

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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Friday, July 20, 2018

A moment of pride: My dinner mystery event


On February 23, 2018, I held my latest dinner mystery event and I had such fun hosting this. I am so grateful to all of those who helped me to pull it off.

This event was meant to host a dinner mystery evening for my fellow blind and vision impaired co-frères.  However, like anything else there were some glitches to deal with but for our next event I am confident that we will do much better.

There was dinner, a game show, and then a play that I had written and produced myself.  Everyone had a terrific time and now it is on to the next evening.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

This is a growing concern: The challenge of communicating when it is a second language


As a vision-impaired person it is always doubly difficult whenever I need to communicate with someone whose second language is English.  I think that it is difficult for all of us, the communicator and the communicatee.

We find it difficult to understand each other and it only makes things more challenging because I cannot read facial expression, am unable to communicate visually, and then there is the additional barrier of various cultures who are not used to interacting with persons who have a disability. 

There is no fast and hard solution for this except to continue to persist and build awareness. In addition, to find ways to better understand each other.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit 
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A tedious challenge for me: Guessing when there is no speech


This does not happen very often but whenever either my computer decides to play tricks on me or my screen-reading technology decides to take a break, this is what happens.

I am left stranded with no voice output to tell me what is on the screen and it is the same when I type. I do not hear what I am typing.  So, when this happens I have to guess or rather make some educated guesses in order to get things back on track.

How do I deal with this?  If the offender is the computer I would shut down my computer and start all over again. If it is my screen-reading technology I would need to uninstall and install once more.

I have three screen-reading pieces of software installed on each of my computers and this certainly helps me to troubleshoot.  Most of the time the reasons for all of this are not too difficult for me to solve.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
From recipes to apps, and 5 minute mysteries to tips for entrepreneurs and scam alerts!
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Friday, July 13, 2018

A funny experience: The teller who did not know


I guess that I should take it as a compliment whenever someone does not realize that I am vision-impaired and yes, I sure do!  There are times that I truly enjoy this but on the other hand there are times when I am not too happy about it.

I guess that you cannot have it both ways.  It is either going to be that the person in front of me realizes that I am vision-impaired and they adapt accordingly.  Or they do not realize and then I need to improvise.  Or that they do and then they are not sure what to do and then here is where I become a trainer.

Tellers usually fall into any of these categories and I'll say that, for the most part, they take things as they come.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

The return of a bad experience: Pneumonia once more


At the best of times, pneumonia is not a very nice thing to have to deal with and for me this was the second time that I contracted it. The first time being in 2011 and now, again, in 2018. 

I am not sure if it is worse when you are vision-impaired and everything seems so very difficult to deal with.  Things around me are unreachable.  I am anxious that I am unable to cope and on and on. 

It is probably not much different for a sighted person but I am just expressing my frustration and anxiety. 

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit 
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A continuing challenge: When my clock's chimes fooled me


This is something that is becoming more and more of a challenge for me. When I am unable to see the face of my clock, it is next to impossible to know whether or not the chimes are matching the time. 

For example, if my clock chimes 5 times then how can I tell that it is indeed 5 pm?  This is all due to the era of the digital clock and the inability to remove the cover of the clock and then feel the face.

There used to be a time when I could do so, with the older clocks.  I could remove the cover and voila!  I could feel the dots and the hands but I cannot do that now with those digital clocks. 

So I need to depend on sighted assistance to tell me if chimes and time are in sync.  Just another challenge for me to deal with.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Friday, July 6, 2018

Thank God for Mom: When my leather jacket acquired white spots


Trust me when I tell you that I would never have known this were it not for my mom.  Yes, once more, there was Mom to the rescue!

I had just come home from a function and had taken off my leather jacket.  I hung it on the back of my chair and then had gone on about my business.  I think that Mom has a very interesting habit of checking out my clothes every time I return home and it is a great way for me to make sure that I have not put stains or spots on them.

This time it was no different because shortly after I had hung it up, there she was informing me that there were white spots all over my jacket.  Nothing too serious but I had to take care of business or should I say that Mom had to take care of business for me.

She took care of things with a damp cloth and soon the jacket was back to its good old self. 

Ah, yes!  The challenges of someone who is vision-impaired, but let's face it!  Sighted people also face these same issues but they are able to see them while we need others to tell us.

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

If you would like to learn more about me as an author then I invite you now to visit
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There you will not only learn about me as an author but you will also gain insights into my campaign against bullying and why I strongly believe that you need to consider joining me in order to insure that the future of our kids with their wide-eyed smiles and infectious laughter is secured forever.

And now my weekly podcast!
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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Memories for a lifetime: Playing in the puddles


It has been and will always be one of my very special things to do whenever I have nothing else to do.  If this makes any sort of sense to you then I invite you to read on.

As a child I remember purposely looking for puddles outdoors each time it rained.  I would either step in them and swish the water around with my feet or I would simply stand there looking down at the water and just enjoying the images in it.

Vision or no vision, it continues to be such a pleasure for me.  I simply think that puddles are one of the extra enjoyments of nature.  They are placed there for a reason!  For people like me to enjoy and mull over. 

I don't seem to get enough of playing in the puddles these days, and why?  Because I am just a wee bit too busy these days but this needs to change and change soon!

I miss my puddles!  I miss hearing the sound of my swishing feet, whether with or without shoes! I can no longer see the images in the water but I have my memory to help me out here.

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

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Carelessness is not for me: Paint on my favourite coat


I know that I have always tried to be very careful whenever I am around paint. But, when a sighted person is unusually careless and does not even take the time to see how his carelessness has affected someone else, or even what he has done, it certainly concerns and upsets me.

This is what happened in the fall of 2017 when Mom and I were exiting our condo building.  There were no notices cautioning us against wet paint, no notices telling us that anything was being painted and absolutely nothing else. 

So, when we got to the outer door, there he was painting the top of the door with no signs to tell us.  This silly fellow dropped paint on the sleeve and pocket of my favourite jacket and when I brought his attention to it, he never even had the courtesy to respond. 

So what did he do?  He simply went on painting without even a word in response.  I don't usually get upset very easily but on this morning it took everything for me not to simply yell at him and ask the management office to discipline him. 

There is nothing worse than a careless and discourteous person!  We have too many of them in our world and as someone with very little vision, it makes my day even more challenging!

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

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Friday, June 29, 2018

She was quite a dog! Yella's likes and dislikes


I can honestly tell you that this dog of ours sure had a personality.  She was her own dog and she marched to her own drum. 

As a puppy she was short, round, and a pretty little girl.  She was a golden lab who simply loved our family; in particular my dad.  She could be serious and she could be playful.  She could be sociable and she could be a loner.

Then one day she became a mom and after that she simply became an adult and never looked back.  She asserted herself as the madam of the Manor.  She did as she pleased and did it in style.  She barked when she had to, played on her terms and hid from us whenever she wanted.

This was our Yella, with her likes and dislikes.  A dog who enjoyed whatever she wished with no one to stop her.

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

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Forever in my heart: Memories of the Bell Center


Oh, my beloved Bell Center!  Memories forever in my favourite city of Montreal and on a beautiful Sunday so many years ago. I, along with my best friend Char, and  Joan and Heather went ice skating at the famous indoor rink.

We skated for so many hours it seemed.  We laughed, chatted, fell a few times, and got up again. 

We once reminisced on those happy days, when the spirit was free and time was ours to do as we pleased. The sun rose and we were still chatting and drinking wine, and there was not a care in the world. 

I still remember that wonderful and super Sunday.  And after we had finished ice skating we treated ourselves to ice cream and some Montreal favourites. 

A Sunday that shall forever remain in my heart and one that I often wish would return.  The Bell Center forever in my heart and memory.

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

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A revelation: The first day that I saw the screen


Despite it being so many years ago, I still remember and it happened shortly after I got my first cornea transplant.  And no, it was not a computer screen, it was a TV screen.

I can still remember simply standing there with my dad alongside me.  He pointed to the screen and started to describe what was going on.  I followed his steady finger with awe and soon enough I was so excited to be a part of his world.  The world of vision.

The screen was lit up with colour, movement, and images.  Dad was so very excited to be describing things to me and then Mom joined us, laughing and so excited to share our excitement.

Then I started to watch the hockey playoffs with my favourite Montreal Canadiens playing and winning.  I watched the news every day with Dad and he even joined me to watch the Flintstones at noon every day.  Mom and I watched other things as well.

Such happy times with my loving parents.

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

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Friday, June 15, 2018

All in a day's work: Devices and devices


There are devices and then there are devices.  Those that are extremely accessible and usable and those that are not so accessible and usable.  Then there are those that are not at all accessible or usable for me as a vision-impaired person.

There are devices that come with well-written manuals in an electronic or Braille format and then there are those that only come with a print manual. Same for all instructions.

So, which is my favorite?  It is the device that includes easy to follow, friendly tutorials, electronic documentation, and if there is Braille then this is a nice to have bonus.

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

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

A challenge for me: Discovering when the head of the toothbrush is worn out


I know that the head of those cordless toothbrushes usually has a bright blue stripe and that when the head is worn out the blue stripe fades into oblivion.  However, for me as a vision-impaired person, it is next to impossible to see this.

So, I have discovered another way and here it is.  When the head is brand new, the toothbrush makes a loud and vibrant sound but as the head starts to wear down, this sound gets less and less noisy.

I have proven this to myself through some observing and I know this to be true as I checked with my mom during my observing.  I am just happy that I can figure this one out so that I don't need to depend on sighted assistance to tell me.

Additionally, the toothbrush gets progressively slower in its strength.  So, there is another indicator.

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

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Tons of fun and memories for a lifetime: Shoe box shopping with Sue


I will honestly tell you that next to making up boxes of clothes at Thanksgiving to give to the less fortunate, this is probably my favorite thing to do.    You see, it not only gives me the opportunity to shop for toys for those kids far away in Eastern Europe, it also gives me a chance to relive my childhood.

So, for the past 4 years my friend, Sue, and I have gone to the Dollar Store to fill our shoe boxes with toys for the kids.  I had been doing this long before I met Sue but she, like me, really also enjoys doing this.

So, off we go on the chosen day and we fill one box for a little girl and another for a little boy.  We fill our boxes with all kinds of things: from tiny dolls and tea sets and things for a girl's hair to crayons and balls and cars for the boy.

It is probably one of the most fulfilling days for me.  I simply love doing this.  My imagination races as we walk up and down the aisles. But most importantly, I get to enrich the dreams of some unknown kids, wherever they are!

The colors remain in my memory bank and feeling the shapes is so refreshing to me now that I can barely see anything.

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

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Friday, June 8, 2018

A snapshot memory: Remembering Edwards Gardens with Linda


It was a cool spring morning when Linda and I went walking through Edwards Gardens in Toronto.  The air was fresh and clean.  The sun was nice and warm and we could hear the birds calling to each other.

We strolled leisurely through the Gardens, listening to nature as we walked and chatting amiably.  I could hear woodchucks.  I could smell the perfume of the flowers and I especially enjoyed listening to the fast-flowing rivers whenever we crossed bridges.

The paths were crowded with others out for the same reason as us.   Everyone seemed to be enjoying the same things, wonderful weather and communicating with Mother Nature.  Everyone seemed so intent on soaking up everything that Edwards Gardens had to offer that day.

What a lovely memory for me and I was sure glad that Linda took the time to spend the day with me.

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

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

So long ago but never to forget: The gardens in Montreal with Bernice and Harold


This is probably one of my most delightful memories of Bernice and Harold. Bernice was my economics professor at Concordia University in Montreal and ours was a very special friendship.

Bernice went out of her way to befriend me when I was her student and our friendship grew to include her husband, Harold.  We went so many places and the Botanical Gardens in Montreal was just one of them.

On a bright, sunny, summer Saturday the three of us visited these marvelous gardens.  Bernice and Harold and I walked around for several hours and simply took the time to explore and discover.

We walked among the colourful flower beds that were overflowing with all kinds of flowers.  We enjoyed the beautiful weather and simply soaked up the ambiance.  We saw so many different things, ranging from fast-flowing brooks where kids were playing in the cool water with their boats and canoes, to couples walking hand in hand, young boys playing soccer and baseball, and toddlers being driven around by their parents and older siblings.

Such a gorgeous day with such very special people; I shall never forget Bernice and Harold.  They have both passed on now and I thank them both for having come into my life.

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

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

A cherished memory: The Botanical Gardens in Trinidad


As I write this I can still vividly remember so many wonderful childhood memories of times spent frolicking with my family in these Botanical Gardens.   How well I remember running and playing with my siblings and cousins.  Playing ball with my parents.  Running and chasing our beautiful dog, Yella.  Walking along the various paths, riding the scooter, and so much more.

I always used to cherish those times when my parents would tell us that we were going to the Gardens and then I would race to get ready.  It was almost always a family outing with my parents, brothers, and granny getting into the family's car.  We often went there on late evenings but there were the morning outings, as well.

Then, whenever my cousins came over to spend time, my parents would take us to the Gardens.  Yella often came, as well, but sometimes we left her at home and I can tell you that she was not a happy dog!

Those wonderful fragrances of blooming flowers, birds singing in the trees, lush green grass and laughter of other kids around us shall forever remain in my mind.

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

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Well done, Microsoft: The Microsoft number


I am really happy that Microsoft has a phone number that someone who is vision-impaired can call into.  It sure helps and staff here are able to remotely log in to one's computer and help solve problems.

For the most part, support technicians are very helpful and well trained. They know their stuff but every now and then they may seem to falter.  I know that with time they will improve and I can only congratulate Microsoft for doing this.

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

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

A great resource: Using the Apple phone number


This is one phone number that is always close at hand for me.  It is the phone number for the Apple support line and I have to say that the call takers on this line really know their stuff.

They are very thorough, polite, respectful, and are always willing to go beyond the call of duty.  They do not seem to be inhibited or uncomfortable in the least when dealing with me as a vision-impaired person.  There is so much that other companies can learn from these fine folks.

They know their products.  They are superbly trained.  Their phone manners are beyond the call of duty.

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

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Happy childhood memories: How the tiny toys helped me


So, what am I referring to today?  Well, they are the toys that belonged to my twin brother, Jeffrey, and I have such great memories of playing with them. Jeffrey allowed me to play with his tiny cars, trucks, buses and vans, and planes, boats, and soldiers.

In those days I had enough vision to see the colors of all of his toys and I remember not having too much difficulty identifying the various vehicles.  I used to drive them around on Mom's carpet and then I would pretend all kinds of things.  I would even take the toy soldiers and line them up ready for battle.

Some of my favorite tiny toys included the news van, the flat bed truck, the model Mercedes, and oh yes!  The red ship and the yellow boat.  I also loved the jeeps with the spare tire at the back.

I firmly believed that having been able to feel the shapes of these tiny toys fully enabled me to identify them by sight when I received my functional vision years later.

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

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Memories of good old England: Easter in England


Looking back on this particular time, I can honestly say that it was one of the finest experiences for me.  I had the opportunity to learn so much more about my religion.  I got to understand and learn so much more about the meaning of Good Friday and I was privileged to have been able to take part in those special Easter celebrations.

The nuns at the Grange were very kind to Celia and me.  They included us in all of their events and we were treated so very well.  It was a quiet time but I truly loved it and I am grateful for having had this opportunity.

The weather was a typical British springtime and the temps were just right. The birds were singing and the flowers smelled so heavenly.

We got more Easter eggs than we ever hoped for, from Uncle Lance and Georgie to Pat Quinn, Miss Chambers, and the nuns! I shall always remember!

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

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