Wednesday, May 22, 2019

This strategy works: A new way to sort my mail


Now that I have limited ways to identify my mail I have had to come up with some interesting ways to sort it so that whenever I have sighted assistance I can make sure that most, if not all, of the junk is not in my mail pile.

First, the magazines. I am only interested in two specific magazines.  Those are for Mom and I know them by how they feel. The Hello! magazine is thick and smooth to the touch and the Examiner magazine is slim and has a sticker at the bottom.

Next comes bills and it’s a good thing that most all of my bills come to me via email although there are a few that I have to look out for. I know the feel of them so I am readily able to identify them.

Then there are other types of mail that I need to pay more attention to. If the envelope has 2 windows then I know that it is junk, or if it is larger and smooth then it is almost certain that this, too, is junk.

I am extremely careful and I need to make sure that I am looking out for expected mail, as well.  Anything that I am not sure about I use my flatbed scanner to help me out and in most cases it works.

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Friday, May 17, 2019

Priceless treasures! Running commentaries from Mom


I am so used to these now that I consider them to be an integral part of my life.  That is, whenever we visit each other.  From sitting quietly together in front of the TV to dining together at our kitchen table.  From dining out at a restaurant to walking in the mall or grocery shopping or walking outdoors.

These are the running commentaries that I have grown to expect and love. They are given so selflessly, freely, and so kindly and humbly. They are given from the heart!  They are given without me even having to ask!

They are filled with unique descriptions, expressions, boundless opinions, and so much more!

Ah, yes! That's my mom and these are her commentaries!

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Happy times! With Mom in her kitchen


It is one of my favourite times, with Mom in her kitchen.

She is at her stove, cooking, and I am standing close by, chatting with her. She describes what she is doing and then she lets me taste her cooking creations.

I taste, I think, and then I give her my feedback. Sometimes she adds more ingredients or maybe she would alter some ingredients; then she lets me taste again.

Sometimes I get to be her baking assistant. I grease the pans, chop vegetables for a salad, peel potatoes and hard boiled eggs, and then I always do the dishes.

I often fetch things for her from the fridge or help her to pack away groceries. I often share snacks with her but the most enjoyable and meaningful times are when we get to eat together in her kitchen. These are
the most priceless and precious moments for me.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Meet my team! Mom and me at the airport


She is my eyes and I am her ears. She sees everything for me and I hear everything for her.

We rarely miss much. We are both very comfortable in our roles. We help each other and we protect each other. We look out for each other and we explain things to each other.

When agents explain things, I listen and then I relay info to Mom.  I need to speak a bit loudly to her so that she can hear me.  Whenever agents approach and start speaking, Mom tells me that they are speaking to us and then I do my part.

We make an excellent team. 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Just my personal perspective: Air travel is for the birds


I am very sure that many travelers would readily agree with me but when one is blind or vision-impaired it makes matters even worse.  Why is this?

Because we need to depend on others to help us, whether they are agents or fellow passengers.  If we do not get the appropriate or required assistance then we are in huge difficulty.

If we are unable to hear announcements on the intercom then this leaves us at a huge disadvantage.  If we are unaware of a gate change then this, too, is a huge challenge. If we need to visit the washroom before boarding and there is no one to help us, then we are in big trouble.

For me, as a vision-impaired traveler, it is nerve racking and there are so many anxious and stressful moments.  I have met several wonderful agents and fellow passengers along the way but I have also met persons who, due to no fault of theirs, were either not well-trained or simply did not know how to assist me.

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

No fun for me: Dealing with balance problems


I can honestly tell you that dealing with balance problems is no fun for me and I can also say that it is no fun for anyone.

For a blind or vision-impaired person, balance problems are even more acute because when you are unable to see and you unexpectedly become disoriented, then this is where you are thrown into unfamiliar territory and you have to struggle to regain some semblance of orientation.

I probably cannot fully explain the feeling or ramifications but suffice it to say that it is not a very nice time for me.

I could compare it to being on a ship and suddenly a wave lashes the ship and throws and tosses us around, leaving us stunned and uncertain of our surroundings. Maybe this comparison could help to give a better picture.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A tedious but necessary chore: Taking care with the prescription bottles


This is probably always going to be a challenge for me and a very important one.  Whenever I receive more than one prescription bottle from the pharmacy I need to ensure that I am able to distinguish each of them because one error can cost me medically.

I have to say that my pharmacy and their super staff do understand and are always willing and ready to help me decipher the difference.  So, whenever I go to pick up my medications they have already labelled them for me by putting them in bottles that I can distinguish.   They do this with tape and elastics.

I am truly grateful to the Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy!

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Friday, May 3, 2019

A landmark victory for all Canadians: November 29, 2010

And as I sit here writing this blog, I can still feel the tears rolling down my face and chills running up my back.  It was probably one of the most important days in my life!  For it was the day when I and my team received a lower Canadian Court's decision that our charter challenge to the Canadian Government over their inaccessible websites was successful.

I can honestly admit now that I had no idea that it would ever get this far and beyond!  I had no clue as to the actions, reactions, pro actions, and large ripple effects that this could have had!

For me, it was all about doing what I thought was right.  To protect the future of our kids and to raise my voice on behalf of blind and vision-impaired Canadians and all Canadians with a disability!  I can only liken my feeling to one where I just managed to scale one of the highest waves in the ocean!

As the late Richard Quan tweeted, "A landmark victory for all Canadians!" Richard was one of my many mentors and in his memory I say, may the fight continue!

I give thanks to God for having given me the strength to do this!  To my lawyer David Baker, accessibility expert Jutta Treviranus, and mentors Robin East and Denise Sanders. To John Rea and Sharlyn Ayotte for their constant support and to Susan Pinder for all of her help and encouragement.  Finally to Derek Wilson and Gabriella Sharrard and so many others who helped to make a difference.

This day shall forever remain with me!

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

My first try: Improv evening for the CCB Mysteries Chapter


In late 2017,  I formed the CCB Mysteries Chapter. My mission was to create and host events that would give blind and vision-impaired persons, primarily, an opportunity to come out and enjoy some affordable entertainment.

We would host some events at no cost to them but then we would also host a fund raiser every year. Then, on Nov, 27, 2018, my team and I hosted an improv evening.

For a first time it went extremely well.  People came because they wanted to learn more about us and the ambiance was friendly, pleasant, and at the end of it all everyone was smiling and laughing. I plan to host more of these types of events as long as our community enjoys them.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

A bit early but never too early: Mrs. Claus comes to town


She certainly did on last November 27th and what a dream come true it was for me! As mentioned in a previous blog, I always wanted to play Mrs. Claus and boy did I ever get my chance!

The folks around the room sure supported my two helpers, Reindeer and Elfy, and me.  Our skit was short and sweet and I did my best to dress the part.

We focused on calling out persons who were naughty and gave a prize away to someone who was nice!  It was all done in fun and fiction!

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

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Friday, April 26, 2019

A refreshing experience: In the Air Canada lounge at the Ottawa Airport


I was pleasantly surprised when the Air Canada agent escorted me to the business lounge to await the departure of my flight from Ottawa to Toronto in November 2018.  I had decided to catch an earlier flight back to Toronto so this meant that I would have to wait for about two hours.

The lounge was nice and friendly.  The service agents were extremely attentive to me and kept checking on me to see if I needed anything.  The atmosphere, as a whole, was extremely pleasant and despite my being afraid that I would be forgotten, it never happened.

What I liked most about this lounge was that it seemed to be well laid out. Not too big and not too cluttered.  Just the right size.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Thank goodness she noticed them: Blackheads on my nose


These are the times that I most fear, whenever there is something on my face or clothes and I am not aware of it.  This is what happened a few days ago when Mom told me that I had some blackheads on my nose.

So, after being told I had to spring into action.  Mom helped me to get rid of them and it was important to do so because I was getting ready to attend a presentation.  We got rid of the annoyance in quick time but for future reference I am just not sure how I would know when or if they reappear.

I just need to ensure that my nose and face are constantly kept clean and I can only do this by checking regularly, daily.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

A Christmas memory in the spring: Getting ready to play Mrs Claus


Boy oh boy,  do I ever have an admission to make!  I had always dreamed of playing Mrs. Claus and I was going to have my dreams come true in just a few short weeks!

Thanks to Ian White and his Visionaries Chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind,  I would be taking part in a short skit that I wrote and my CCB Mysteries Chapter was presenting my skit at Ian's lunch on Nov 27, 2018.

I had already bought my Mrs. Claus hat and bells, and practiced with Kamini and Ken and then we waited.  However, I had a chance to practice when I did my Christmas audio show for Accessible Media Inc. This was so very exciting for me!

I developed a script for the AMI show and it is all about Mrs. Claus reading letters to Santa Claus and Santa asking Mrs. Claus to respond on his behalf.

Exciting times were ahead!

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Friday, April 19, 2019

She never complained when I made a mistake: When Yella listened to me play my piano


She did not come very often but whenever she did she would come quietly into the living room and there she would lie and listen.  I could hear her coming, her little feet tapping gently on the floor.  Then she would squeeze through the half-opened door and walk past me and take up her position. There she was, lying on the floor not too far from the side of the piano.

Many a time I would finish practicing my piano pieces and then I would leave her there snoozing happily away.  Some time later she would realize that I had finished and left her there and then she would come sluggishly out of the living room.  She was neither happy nor sad; she was just Yella listening to me play.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Oh, my beloved Granny! Granny's favourite song


For as long as I shall live, I will remember that her favourite song was the hymn "Bless This House."  And she never tired of asking me to play it on my piano for her.

Sometimes I would complain but there were times when I did my best to fulfill her request.   Granny never asked me for very much in my life or her life and I just wish that as young as I was I could have understood more clearly and complied more freely.

"Bless This House" is a lovely hymn.  The tune is melodious and sombre but it is the words that are so very meaningful.

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