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Bailouts for the Rich but What About the Rest of Us?

By Donna J. Jodhan

It never ceases to amaze me that whenever times are hard, whenever the economy is down in the dumps, or whenever big business starts to cry the blues, there
they are! Those big powerful global governments ever ready to bail them out! However, whenever the poor and destitute are in trouble which is almost
all of the time, whenever persons with disabilities ask for help, or whenever seniors find themselves in financial or medical difficulties, then guess
what? These big powerful global governments seem to ignore the desperate cries for help.

Can We Really Look to the Canadian Human Rights Commission(CHRC) for Leadership?

By Donna J. Jodhan

In the eyes of many Canadians, the CHRC’s role should be one of leadership and protection when it comes to ensuring that the rights of special needs Canadians
are protected. However, based on my experiences with this esteemed agency over the past four years, I am going to have to burst the bubble. I do not
think that many Canadians with disabilities would be too shocked to hear this but I do believe that the mainstream Canadian would be.

A comedy of errors

By Donna J. Jodhan

President John F. Kennedy once said: “An error is not a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” A Catholic priest recently said in his sermon: “Mistakes
cannot be erased.” However you choose to define it and however you choose to view the present situation; in my humble opinion, the CNIB is guilty of having
committed several mistakes, errors, and faupas for too many years. No one should have been really shocked or shaken when this organization announced last
week that Jim Sanders’s replacement is going to be a sighted person. We should have read the writing on the wall when the CNIB amended its bylaws in late
September of 2008 to allow the hiring of a sighted person to hold its highest office. No shocker, no shaker! A disgrace? Definitely so! A comedy of
errors? Definitely so!

Who Says That Dreams Don’t Come True?

By Donna J. Jodhan

Last week as I sat glued to my television taking in the pomp and ceremony of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, something very real occurred to me.
We now have a brand new spanking president in the Oval Office. The first African American president and I am sure that many are still in disbelief that
this momentous event has actually come to pass. A few years ago, the majority of us me included would probably have said that it was not possible to have
such an event take place but here we are today with a man who has fulfilled his dream! The political landscape of America and indeed of the world has
just been given a huge and memorable makeover and I bet that we can’t wait for the next chapter to be written.

A Close-up of Barbados

By Donna J. Jodhan

When it comes to really knowing how to accommodate persons with special needs, I would like to shine the spotlight this week on a tiny island in the Caribbean
namely Barbados. No doubt many of our readers are familiar with this tiny sunshine island, but there is a lot more for me to tell.

Not Just in Canada

By Donna J. Jodhan

Hello there! My very first editorial for Accessibility News International (ANI) and I’d like to thank Geof Collis for giving me this opportunity to communicate
my thoughts to you. Today I would like to ramble a bit on our need to keep on fighting the good fight.