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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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!
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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!
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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.

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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.

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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, 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.

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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 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.

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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, 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.

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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, 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.

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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.

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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, 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.

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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, 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.

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 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.

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, 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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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, 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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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, 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.

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, 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.

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, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Thank you cousin Susan: Making mats from palm leaves


Looking back on this now it was something very special to me because I was just a child then, probably around six or seven years old.

It was cousin Susan who taught me and she was so very patient then and such a good teacher.  She painstakingly showed me how to place the leaves and then to weave them in and out of the spaces.  The first few tries were difficult and cousin Susan was not daunted by my lack of sight.

I did learn how to do it and she was so encouraging; constantly egging me on and congratulating me each time I did something right.  We sat on a bench facing each other and she and I spent so many wonderful hours together.

Cousin Susan was older than me and treated me like her little sister.  We went for walks together and she taught me a bit of Spanish and she always made sure that I went swimming among the rocks.

Great memories for a lifetime.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

A very important part of my life: How the apparatus helped me


These were different learning tools that our teachers at primary school used to help us learn so many things. I personally thank my beloved teacher, Mrs. Mondey, for having introduced them to me.

There were the boards where we had to fit the right shapes into the right grooves.  Boards where we had to count the holes in the pieces of plastic and then fit them over the matching holes.  Pegs that we used to make Braille letters.  Blocks, Legos, and one of my favorites!  A board where we had to fit the right printed letters into the right grooves.  There was no way that we could either think of cheating or even get away with not matching things.  Oh no!  Everything had to be precise and perfect.

Then there were the pieces of apparatus that we used to build things. Apparatus that were meant to help us strengthen our fingers.  Village sets where we used components to create villages.  Little train sets, step builders, fitting mini barrels into each other based on size, and so much more.

Images of these pieces still dance vividly in my mind whenever I let them. These were such happy memories and there was so much more to go along with these pieces of apparatus.  The games that Mrs. Mondey devised, playing shop every Friday, and the mini competitions that she devised for us to remain engaged and active.

We were extremely fortunate to have had her as a teacher and I shall forever remember her!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Funny and humorous: The mystery of the tamarind seeds


I can tell you that this specific experience still gives me a chuckle each time I think about it.  I'll do my best here to reproduce it.

I had just finished eating a tamarind ball and had gathered the seeds in my hand but then I was too lazy to leave my chair and put them in the garbage.

Soon enough I was falling asleep in my chair and I must have put my clenched hand with the seeds in it close to my left cheek.  Some time later I woke up and felt something on my cheek.

I brushed them away and my first reaction was that they were some kind of insect.  So what did I do?  I called for Mom's help and soon enough she solved the mystery!

No insect!  Just the tamarind seeds that fell out of my clenched hand and onto my cheek.  I woke up to feel them and brushed them away! My smile for the day!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

A challenge for me: What does my haircut look like?

This is where I need to be totally dependent on what others tell me. I counter this with depending on the ones who I trust to tell me: Mom, my sister-in-law Gayle, and very close friends.

Although I trust my hairdresser, Sophie, I am always anxious that she may not always do as I want and sometimes in her attempt to do good she may stray a bit.

It is extremely difficult for someone who is blind or vision impaired to know exactly how they look after a haircut. They cannot see themselves in a mirror and I, as a vision-impaired person, cannot use my sense of touch alone to help me.

I can certainly feel the length of my hair but it is never quite enough. Just another challenge for me to deal with.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

It sure made me laugh despite being frustrating: When my rack of clothes fell


I need not tell you how very upset, unhappy, and anxious I was the day that my rack of clothes fell and I can only say thank God that Mom and Nick, my Super, were there to help me.

The one thing which I believe saved me from going off the track was that my clothes were all arranged in logical order, according to me, so it was not too difficult to put them back in their rightful spots.

Nick was very good when it came to making sure that everything was done correctly.  He made sure to strengthen the brackets holding up the rack and then he even offered to help put back my clothes.

Here is where Mom came in.  She patiently helped me to rearrange and she checked to make sure that I had done everything correctly.  What a day and good thing that it does not happen very often.

For someone with little vision it is so important to be able to know where things are.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

My friend forever: Boyo is still in my heart


He was my favourite dog: gentle but social, a bit of a coward but so very loyal.  I loved him the minute he was born; he was my darling Boyo.

As a puppy he was mine.  As a full grown dog he was the same.  He lived with Granny but I never lost my bond with him.  Boyo was always the preferred one and I think that he knew this.

I remembering rushing home from school to play with him when he was a puppy and then always having him beside me whenever we went to the beach.  We played in the sea, ran on the beach, and had such fun in the house.

I was never able to see what he really looked like but when I received my functional vision, his was one of the first pictures that Mom showed me.  I never got to meet him after gaining my vision because he passed away before I could.

Boyo, my dearest, I shall forever remember your bark, your soft fur and your large head.  Your ability to always make me smile!

Don't go anywhere!  I'll see you some day and we'll once more be together! Until we meet again!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Precious childhood memories: Remembering Maracas Bay


Oh, beautiful Maracas Bay!  How could I ever forget you?  With a beach so sandy and air as fresh as a breeze in a bottle?  I'll never forget you!

How well I remember those family outings to see you!  The cold sea water lapping against my body and then swimming with Dad and my brothers beyond the high breakers!  Then I would sit in the surf and there the family would dig in the sand for clams, which were so large.

So many times I would share happy moments with Granny, who was always content to sit in the surf and let the waves roll over her.   Mom preferred to remain on the beach, watching over us and reading her magazines.

On many occasions Mom and Granny packed a sumptuous lunch for us and we would either sit in the car with the doors opened or stand around eating, drinking, and enjoying each other's company.

Our days at Maracas Bay were filled with such memorable moments.  It was always an all-day affair and at the end of it we would return home refreshed but tired and just dying to go to bed.

I thank my parents and Granny for having made all of this so very possible!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

So near and dear to me: Collecting clothes for my Thanksgiving box


I have to admit that this is probably one of my most favourite things to do and I do this at around the time of our Canadian Thanksgiving.

I am always so very happy when I am able to choose exactly what I wish to part with and now all I need to do is to ask Mom to review my choices.  This she does and together I pick out my clothes, she reviews my choices, and then we pack them away neatly and carefully in a box.

Next, I tape up the box and then we put it aside for Nick, our Super, to take to the clothes depot.   Then Mom does her thing and after both of our boxes are securely packed and taped, our Thanksgiving deed is complete.

I know that our clothes will be received by very worthy recipients and this really makes me very happy.  We have been doing this for at least the last decade and beyond.  In addition to giving I also get one last chance before giving away to remember my clothes.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

I'm just so very proud: The gingerbread house


This is probably one of the most difficult pottery projects that I have done and I am just so proud of it.  I completed it just after Christmas 2017 and now my friend, Sue, is decorating it for me with all of the handmade candy ornaments that I also made at pottery.

The Life Savers are in colors of red, yellow, and green and I made Kisses and candy canes to decorate the house, as well.  There is a chimney, a really great roof, and even a door and windows.  I can't wait for Sue to complete the finishing touches.

This is what I like about pottery: the ability to create and complete.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

She is just so refreshing: My new knitting teacher


She is bubbly and she is simply a going concern.  She is exciting and she is a people's person.  Her name is Rochelle and since October 2017 I have been continuing my knitting lessons with her.

She came to me after my previous teacher, Robbie, left his post at The Purple Purl knitting shop and took another job.  It was Robbie who recommended her to me.

I feel that I need to re-commit myself to my knitting as I have not spent enough time with it and I am committed to doing just that.  I am going to spend more time concentrating on what I need to do in order to be a good knitter.

Last Christmas I won a knitting basket in a raffle and then Robbie sent me a ball of wool with which to make a hat.  So I am on my way.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Exercising my imagination: Synchronizing the colors


This is something that I continue to do and I believe that it all has to do with the fact that having had functional vision until 2004, I was able to see colors. Now, each time I encounter an object, especially if it is new, I go through the process of synchronizing the color to the object.

Colors shall forever remain in my mind.  Roses will forever be red, skies forever blue, floating clouds always white, and sunrises and sunsets forever yellow and pink, respectively.

I have found this to be a terrific reference point for me because each time I encounter new objects I am able to quickly put color to object.  Most times I ask what color something is and after being told I do the synchronization. But if I do not know, then I put my own color to the new object and this sure helps me to cope.

I try to have fun doing it and most times it puts a smile on my face. Truth be told, though, it also often makes me sad because it makes me realize how much I miss being able to see color.

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

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Friday, April 27, 2018

A great addition: My new exercise device


At first glance you probably won't really know what it is but if you take the time to give it a second look you would be amazed to learn more.

It is called Wonder Arms and it is supposed to tone up the muscles of one's arms and with my continuing shoulder problem it is exactly what the doctor has ordered for me.

It works like this:  You place your arms across its length and fit the upper part of your arm into the grooves on both sides.  Then you begin to pull from side to side, working against the resistance of the thick elastic bands that are located in the inside of this nifty little device.

The device itself is simple in construction, made of hard plastic and elastic bands.  It is easy to move around, light in weight, and sits on my dining room counter.  I use it whenever I have a moment and it really does not take that long for me to complete my daily exercise.  Moreover, it is helping my shoulder!

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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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Conquering a bit of technology: Fixing my air globe


I can certainly laugh about it now and truth be told I did enjoy this little experience a few weeks ago.

It was a Saturday morning when I started to do my weekly house cleaning and I noticed that my air globe was not working.  I unplugged it and took the globe to my kitchen counter leaving the adapter behind.  Upon examination of the globe itself I did not find anything wrong with it so I went back to retrieve the adapter and bring it to the kitchen counter.

I started methodically: first to examine the part of the adapter that goes into a socket and then to work my way upwards to the connector that goes into the globe itself.  It did not take me very long to find the culprit.

Bingo!  It was the connector, and the two tiny parts that need to fit snugly into each other in order to enable power to flow through the entire adapter to the globe.  You can't imagine how relieved I felt and awfully proud of myself.

In just a few minutes I had become a self-made Ms Fixit!  And now I was ready to take on the rest of the world!

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

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Great excitement: My yellow cell phone


For anyone who knows me well enough, they will easily tell you that the color yellow has always been my favorite.  So, when I found out that my cell phone was yellow, nothing could have been more pleasing to me.  Except for this!  I never knew that it was yellow until months later after I had bought it.

It sure made me smile because if anyone had asked me to describe my poor old cell phone, I would have been hard put to tell them what color it was. However, my saving grace could have been that my cell phone's screen had dots on it.

Just another funny experience for me.

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

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Cherished times: The playing cards


I still have memories of those childhood playing cards when I used to play with my brother, cousins, and Dad.  For me there was Braille on them so that I could play and then there were the special ones that my beloved Tanta Julie bought for me when she went on her trip to the United States.

The backs of those cards were red and I guarded and protected them so vigorously.  The only time that I played with them was when I was involved in games with the others.  Otherwise they stayed safely tucked away in my toys' cupboard.

Fast forward to so many years later and I seem to have lost track of them. They probably disappeared from my grasp without my even knowing it.  It sure bothers me that I cannot even remember what happened to them.

I have since had several other sets of playing cards. Some were bought at stores that sell stuff for the blind and vision-impaired while there was one particular set where my cousin, Brenda, helped me to put Braille on them thus making them available for me to play with.

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

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

A funny experience: What color were my shoes?


Every now and then my very meticulous system of organizing has a bit of a glitch.  That is, the organizing of my clothes closets.  I am used to it but the important thing is for me to catch it before I leave my home.

That was the case a few months ago when I went to fetch a pair of shoes from my shoe rack and I just could not remember what color my shoes were.  Good thing that Mom was there to rescue me from a minor disaster.

I am never afraid to ask her for help and she is always so very ready to be of assistance. So what I thought were black shoes were actually tan shoes.

It is a good thing that we both have a great sense of humor.  It sure helps at moments like these.

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

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My beloved Sears forever: I'll never forget Sears


This crown jewel of the Canadian retail landscape may have closed its doors forever but I can tell you, my beloved Sears, I'll never forget you.

I spent so many wonderful shopping days in your stores in Montreal and Toronto and I bought all kinds of things from you.  From furniture to exercise equipment and from pots and pans to sheets and comforters to bathroom fixtures to kitchenware.  Everything was so good.

I even bought dolls at Christmas time, a Christmas tree with all of the ornaments, a doll cabinet, and so much more.  I also bought clothes and shoes, slippers, and fall and winter jackets and coats.

It was always so enjoyable to shop at your stores.  Even my mom used to enjoy visiting you.  She and I would spend endless hours shopping, walking, and simply loitering in your facilities.

Now you are gone but you will never be forgotten!  You were part of my life and you will continue to be but now it has to be in my memory!

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

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Just a wonderful sales person: Working with Maria to choose a new suit


In the fall of 2017, I had a very enjoyable shopping experience when Mom and I visited the Laura Petite's store at the Eglinton Square Mall in Scarborough, Ontario.

There we met a wonderful sales lady named Maria who spent the next hour helping me to carefully choose a very special suit for a very special occasion.

Maria was extremely meticulous.  She took her time to explain everything to me about this suit, every minute detail and how it looked and why she felt that it would be the one for this very special occasion.

After almost an hour, Mom and I walked out of the store with a large suit bag.  It contained Maria's suggestion and we were both extremely pleased and impressed with Maria's suggestion and attention to detail.

It is always so very important to me, as a vision-impaired person, whenever I can find a salesperson who understands how to communicate with me, how to explain things and show me things. Thank you, Maria.

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, April 5, 2018

Enjoying my time: Megan's description of onstage action


I am always so delighted whenever I can sit next to someone who is only too willing to explain what is happening on stage to me.  And this was the case at a conference in late September 2017.

My table companion, Megan, did a superb job of describing everything to me. The scene was one of teens depicting several different scenes of their peers in various situations.

These situations included peers rejecting each other, turning their backs on each other, asking their fellow peers to include them in social activities, and so on.  I truly enjoyed Megan's descriptions and at the end of it all this particular session was much more valuable to me.

Now that I can no longer see what's happening on stage it is always a luxury for me to be able to know. 

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

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

A refreshing experience: Description of a new building


It is always very interesting to me whenever I am in a situation where I ask someone to describe a new building to me.  Of course, a picture is worth a thousand words and this means that no two persons would ever describe a building in exactly the same way.

This is what happened in September 2017 when I attended a conference in Ottawa and I had the luxury of having several persons describe a building to me.  I knew from the outset that this would happen so I was ready.

I took all of the descriptions and went to work to take a piece from here and one from there and by the time I was finished I was able to put together a reasonable picture for myself.

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, March 30, 2018

A wonderful experience: Great volunteers


There are volunteers and then there are volunteers and this is what I discovered in September 2017 when I attended a conference hosted by the Canadian Human Rights Commission in Ottawa.

Each volunteer that I interacted with was definitely a cut above the best! They were well-trained when it came to rendering assistance to me as a vision-impaired person.  They communicated so well, offered assistance beyond the call of duty, and certainly helped to make my time spent at the conference a pleasurable and memorable one.

We need more of this type of volunteer to help improve communications between persons with disabilities and the sighted world.

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, March 29, 2018

Just another new experience: An unexpected challenge at a hotel


As a regular traveler I often have the pleasure of staying at hotels that range from excellent to very good to good but with some glitches.

This is what happened to me a few months ago in 2017.  After entering my room I discovered that there was a problem.  No, not with the room but with the elevators.

You see, the very nice service desk attendant had just escorted me to my room but when we took the elevator up he told me that not all of the elevators had access to the same floors.  Some only went as high as #6 for instance, others went as far as #12, and the rest went to the penthouse suites.

In addition, there was no way for me, as a vision-impaired person, to know which elevator went to which floors. What to do?

Well, the quickest solution was for me to ask for assistance each time I needed to get to and from my room but that was not an ideal solution.  In addition, there were no Braille labels on the buttons, just raised large print.

I found it to be a very strange way, indeed, and I can only hope that this hotel finds a way to fix this.

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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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Just another interesting challenge: The salad is not my friend


I'll tell you very honestly!  Whenever I eat outside of the comfort of my home, I do my best to avoid those overloaded salad bowls with large slices of everything in them.

You see, those large slices, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, or anything else for that matter, often create challenges for someone who is blind or vision-impaired.  It is difficult for us to control our forks in a very limited space, this being our salad bowls.

It is difficult for us to avoid spilling our salads onto the table and not knowing how large a slice really is, we often have to deal with uncertainty. Sure, we can estimate the size of a slice with our forks but when the slice is too large we need to cut it and here is where the challenge arises.

For me, I do my best to avoid these slices.  I often decline the salad if I know beforehand that it contains large slices.  Just my way of dealing with salads.

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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Friday, March 23, 2018

Not my favorite moments: Bees around me


This is what happened several times during the late summer of 2017.  First I would be walking along, and then!  Those unwanted bees would come buzzing around me.

The thing is that I never knew that they were there until I was told.  I did not really hear them buzzing and then, when I was told, I simply froze.

There is nothing worse for me than not knowing when these little terrors come near me.  Yes, I realize that they bring us honey, but no!  I simply do not like them coming so close to me!  Especially when I cannot see them approaching!

I really do not appreciate being stung unexpectedly.  However, there is nothing that I can do to fix this!

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

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

An interesting experience: Feeling the crow


I had a very interesting experience in the fall of 2017. My friend Gabriella and I took Mom shopping to buy some Christmas decorations and on our way into the store Mom saw an artificial crow and proceeded to introduce me to it.

What an experience. I can tell you that I did not really relish the feeling when I explored this poor crow.

It felt very uncomfortable to my touch, but you know what?  I was sure glad that I got to feel it because I was able to add a new image to my memory bank.  I never really got to see what a crow looked like when I had functional vision so this was great for me.

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

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

This shall linger forever in my mind: Mom's special birthday


It was so very special for Mom and it was a time when I got to enjoy the celebration with everyone describing everything to me. On a previous special birthday I had enough functional vision to see what was going on, but not this time.

That did not hinder my enjoyment. I used my imagination to picture the entire birthday dinner. We took Mom to a lovely upscale restaurant and Martha took pictures with her iPhone.

I could tell that Mom ate with much gusto and really enjoyed herself.  She received flowers from the family and as I stood by while she received them at home, I pictured my mom with one of the biggest smiles on her face!

Thanks to my imagination and having had functional vision previously, I can still follow along and enjoy.

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

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