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.

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

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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.

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