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.

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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.

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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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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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