A review of the Vancouver airport – hoping to visit after Covid is gone

A review of the Vancouver airport
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
In February 2020, I and my girlfriend traveled through the Vancouver airport
on a return trip to Hawaii from Toronto.
On the whole, we were extremely pleased with our experience and thanks to
Shaunna Rainey of Air Canada, we were very well accommodated and taken care
of.
We look forward to revisiting when Covid is gone!

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.

About Airport staff:
They were extremely warm and welcoming.

My meals at Vancouver Airport:
Very tasty and not too expensive.

Any suggestions?
Keep up the excellent work.
We are depending on you to help us through Covid.

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How to develop courses on accessibility – a growing need during Covid

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to develop courses on accessibility
A growing need during Covid.
By Donna J. Jodhan
Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

The thing to remember is that this is a rapidly growing field and it is
being driven by legislation that more countries are enforcing in order to
ensure that inclusivity is adhered to. That is, to ensure that equal access
to education by everyone is a must.
Here are some basic but important tips to get you started.

1. When you develop your course think of those students who have a special
need; blind, vision impaired, deaf/blind, hard of hearing, print disabled, a
learning disability, a cognitive disability, seniors, the technically shy,
and there is more.

2. Be sure to include persons with disabilities when you design, develop,
and test your finished product as their input will help greatly to ensure
that your course can be accessed and used by persons with special needs.

3. Be very careful when choosing testers for your product as too many
companies out there claim to have knowledge on how to develop courses on
accessability but in reality they do not.

4. Develop a very rigorous criteria in order to choose the right personnel
to help you with your design, development, and testing.

5. It is always important to have your designers, developers, and decision
makers familiarize themselves with the W3C standards along with any type of
accessibility legislation to ensure that you are following the right
standards and mandates in the country where you are working.

This should be a good start for you.

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Welcome to the AppleVis online newsletter for December 2020

Welcome to the December 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.

1. Fitness Coach by JumpyCat (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Get motivated by creating your unique personalized workout!
Never waste time searching for the perfect workout anymore – let our AI
Coach design the workout for you!
Build muscle, lose weight, and feel happy. Get thousands free personalized
video workouts: cardio, HIIT, yoga, endurance, low
impact, and more. Featuring professional-quality Audio Coaching by our
Artificial Intelligence Fitness Coach.

Current Version: 1.0.7 (October 24, 2020)
Read Fitness Coach by JumpyCat’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/health-and-fitness/fitness-coach-jumpy-cat
Visit Fitness Coach by JumpyCat’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1519669458

2. Perceptron – An Idle Game (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Perceptron is a new incremental game which is based around the idea of
building and training a neural network. The concepts
behind a neural network have been distilled to their essence in this idle
simulation.
Not to say the game is simple. Sure, it starts simple with only nodes,
training, and data, but soon balloons into a complex idle game
with prestige and upgrades. Not to mention offline support.
Take on the role of a young undergraduate student as you become quite the
idle tycoon. Soon you’ll be rivaling even GPT–3.
Perceptron is not just another idle clicker. It was designed around the idea
of training a neural network and has taken inspiration
from many neural network topics. Who knows, you might even end up learning
something.

Current Version: 1.8.1 (December 29, 2020)
Read Perceptron – An Idle Game’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/perceptron-idle-game
Visit Perceptron – An Idle Game’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/perceptron-an-idle-game/id1537908817

3. Westopia (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
From the creators of FruitPot, comes a new game with much more than just
slots.
Westopia starts as a promising old west caravans settlement and your mission
is to build farms, stores, the saloon, and various
buildings until it becomes a big city.
Each building contains a different slot machine with its own symbols. There
are more than fifty slots, many accessory games, and
countless hours of fun.

Current Version: 1.201228 (December 29, 2020)
Read Westopia’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/westopia
Visit Westopia’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/westopia/id1340253465

All recent app entries posted to applevis can be found at:
iOS/iPadOS
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=ios_app_directory
Mac
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=mac_app_directory
Apple Watch
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_watch_app_directory
Apple TV
https://www.applevis.com/apps/latest?type=apple_tv_app_directory

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Helpful tips for January 2021 – keep updated

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
Follow us on Twitter @accessibleworld

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Helpful tips for January 2021

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Six TipsHow to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
* Make It Yourself: Copper Cleaner, Aluminum Cleaner and Dishwasher
Detergent, Too
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* a review of the L’Académie restaurant

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

Well! you need to keep ignoring those automated phone calls telling you
that your Visa card has been compromised.
It’s just a scam and Visa would never call you in this way.

Did you know that you can get a sun burn during those winter months?
Yes, very true.
Don’t even think of trying to see if it is true.
You could really get one despite the cold weather.

About your hand sanitizer!
If it freezes up when you leave it in the car then it simply does not have
enough alcohol in it.
Alcohol does not freeze.

Cafeen, cafeen!
Did you know that tea contains more cafeen than its counterpart coffee?

Okay, and here are some suggestins for planting types of trees that would
weather the winter!
Fer, pine, and boxwood.
It may be a bit too late to do it now however but how about for next winter?

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Six TipsHow to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes, are nasty creatures. They bite,
they’re capable of transmitting terrible
diseases to people and pets and from what I
read, have no redeeming value in the
ecosystem. And if that’s not reason enough
to hate them, they can turn a beautiful
backyard, deck or patio into a nightmare
area not fit for humans during mosquito
season. But it doesn’t have to be that way
provided you are diligent to take control
of your home and property.
1. MOSQUITO TRAP. It’s been more than a
year since our big move and discovering we
would be having a mosquito problem here in
northern Colorado. My research knew no
bounds. Given the size of our property, I
purchased a Dynatrap, about
$130. The trap emits harmless CO2, which
mosquitoes find irresistible (no wonder
they love you so much—you emit CO2, too).
Powered by electricity, a Dynatrap has a
water tray to attract mosquitoes and a fan
that sucks the unsuspecting critters into
the trap. Every few weeks I empty my
mosquito morgue I mean trap. A
full trap is proof positive that this thing
is very effective. Dynatrap is whisper
quiet
and definitely not a bug zapper. No
sizzling noises, odors or other annoyances.
I give Dynatrap two thumbs up and five
stars, too.
2. REPELLANT. It is important to make sure
mosquito repellent is applied to any
exposed skin during mosquito season.
Repellents that contains Deet, picaridin,
oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 are the
most effective at warding off mosquitoes.
Pregnant women especially should choose a
repellent with Deet. Consumer Reports
recommends Sawyer Picaridin, Natrapel 8
Hour and Off! Deep
Woods VIII as being the best at keeping the
bugs at bay.
3. NATURAL HOMEMADE REPELLANT.
Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every
10 parts witch hazel. Rub or spray on skin.
4. NIGHT PROTECTION. If you are going to
be spending an evening outdoors, make sure
to have adequate mosquito-repellent candles
and torches (don’t forget fuel). PLANT
LAVENDER. Plant lavender with abandon. It’s
easy to grow, produces a beautiful flower
and smells fantastic! Even better:
mosquitoes hate it and will stay away from
it.
5. STANDING WATER. This is where mosquitoes
breed in the thousands. Bird baths, fish
ponds, puddles, even flower-pot drip trays
and dog dishes are prime breeding grounds.
Empty or drain as much water as possible.
If you can’t drain a water source, try
pouring a couple of tablespoons of
vegetable oil on top to deny access to
mosquitoes and larvae. Note: Do not pour
vegetable oil into fish ponds; it inhibits
oxygen flow and can kill the fish.
6. CLEAN YARD. Keep your yard clean and
your vegetation under control.
Mosquitoes prefer densely vegetated areas
where they are protected from sun, wind,
and rain. Keep your lawn well-trimmed and
clear out piles of brush where moisture can
accumulate. Rake up leaves and dispose of
them when they start accumulating.
Author: Mary Hunt’s Everyday
Cheapskate blog
at www.everydaycheapskate.com

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Make It Yourself: Copper Cleaner, Aluminum
Cleaner and Dishwasher Detergent, Too
By Mary Hunt on 08/15/16

There are so many good reasons to make your own household cleaners.
It’s cheaper, healthier and greener, too. The homemade household cleaners I
share with you from time to time do not
contain chemicals. That means you can always count on them to be non-toxic.
Copper Cleaner
Materials:
6 tablespoons table salt
6 tablespoons flour
white vinegar
Directions:
Make a paste of equal parts salt and flour with a few tablespoons of white
vinegar.
Apply to copper item with a soft cloth and rub gently to remove tarnish.
Rinse with water and dry.
Cleaning aluminum containers:
Most aluminum is best washed by hand with dishwashing liquid to
prevent a change in color and feel of the metal. When washed in a
dishwasher, aluminum cookware and other items like these
canisters can react and darken due
to mineral content in the water, chemicals in the detergent or high heat
from the dryer. In most cases, this change in
appearance is not permanent.
I am confident that you can remove the discoloration using natural, ordinary
items such as lemon juice, vinegar or cream
of tartar (made into a paste by adding a bit
of water), depending which you have handy. Apply with a soft cloth or
sponge.
Never steel wool or anything other type of abrasive applicator that can
scratch the
aluminum. Rub gently, rinse with warm water and buff dry with a clean, soft
cloth. Any of these options should remove the
discoloration and provide fast, effective results without damaging the
metal.
recipe for homemade automatic dishwasher
detergent.
The following recipe has met with mixed reviews, due to (I believe) how hard
the water is. Experimenting
with it will not do harm, but your results may vary depending on this one
variable. Provided you do not have a home water
softener system in place, give this a try.
Materials:
Mix together equal parts borax and baking soda. Store in a dry place in a
container that has a tightly fitting life. To
use: Add 2 tablespoons to the detergent holding area (measure it, don’t just
dump some in). Also, instead of a commercial
rinse aid,
you can fill that reservoir with white distilled vinegar.
Caution: Do not use this homemade dishwasher detergent if your home has a
water softener system in place. The reaction between that system and this
homemade detergent could permanently etch glassware.
www.everydaycheapskate.com
Our mailing address is:
Everyday Cheapskate
12340 Seal Beach Blvd.
#B-416
Seal Beach, CA 90740

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
A review of the L’Académie restaurant

In early March of 2017 I dined with friends in Montreal at a really great
restaurant.
This was the L’Académie restaurant and on this very cold winter’s day the
warmth of friends and the restaurant’s reception made up for the bitter
cold.

It was so wonderful to sit down with folks such as Anthony, Natalie, Rajesh,
Mike, Louise, Iris, and Angelo because it is so very rare that we get to
break bread together!

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.

Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Access to the restaurant was a wee bit difficult and navigation within the
restaurant was also a wee bit challenging but staff were quick to be of
assistance.

I had a great steak with lots of potatoes and vegies and the dessert of a
Montreal specialty was absolutely delicious.
The steak was done to perfection!
So you can tell that I enjoyed food, staff, and above all; friends!

Any suggestions?
If there could be a way to make the entrance a wee bit more accessible and
more space in between tables.

So in case you would like to check out this restaurant they are located at:
L’Académie restaurant
2100, rue Crescent, Montreal Shaughnessy Village –
MONTREAL, QC H3G 2B8
T (514) 664.4455

On my next visit to Montreal I’ll be looking forward to my next visit to
L’Académie restaurant.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase
or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5!
From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and
scam alerts!
Available for download at http://www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html

Follow me on Twitter @accessibleworld and at author_jodhan
And like me on Facebook at
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A review of Gatwick Airport

A review of Gatwick airport
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:

InJanuary 2019 I traveled to Britain from Toronto landing at Gatwick Airport
and this is the route that I took on my return journey back To Toronto;
Gatwick Airport back to Toronto.

I can’t stop heaping praises on the staff of Gatwick; probably the best
airport that I have ever traveled through as a person with a vision
impairment.
Their end to end services were absolutely second to none!

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for passengers with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Remarks :
Gatwick is the example of how all airports should be implementing special
needs services; with a smile to go along!

About airport staff:
Excellent all the way!

My meals at the airport:
Excellent!

Any suggestions?
Just keep it up and continue to be a shining example!

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Making a Christmas party more accessible- most important with Covid restrictions

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
Making a Christmas party more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan
Most important with Covid restrictions

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

The thing to remember here is that Christmas parties are the occasions when
we all want to be included in the festivities and especially for seniors and
persons with disabilities; it is even more important to bear this in mind.
So, here are a few tips for you to consider when planning your Christmas
parties.

1. Make sure that your party is held at a location that is easy to get to
not just by public transit but also by private vehicles.
2. That it is held at a convenient time.
3. That there is enough space to accomodate those with walkers and
wheelchairs if necessary.
4. That the party is meant to include everyone and not just certain folks.
5. That no one is left out.
6. If there is an exchange of gifts that gifts are tasteful and respectful.
7. That there are enough folks around to help those who need assistance.
8. That if there are buffet tables make sure that those who need assistance
will be accommodated appropriately.
This should do it. Happy holidays!

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From the Apple online newsletter for November 2020

Welcome to the November 2020 edition of AppleVis Unlimited, our monthly
newsletter which highlights what’s new and noteworthy
on the AppleVis website. Below, you’ll find a selection of the best content
posted to AppleVis by members of the community –
from new app entries, to app updates, to the latest news and podcasts.
We are pleased to highlight the newest apps.

1. A Detective’s Demise (iOS/iPadOS, US$3.99)
A Detective’s Demise is a dark, tech-noir inspired 3D audio adventure
experience. Take on the role of the “Detective,” a Lambton
enforcer with a few tales to tell; as you delve deep in the grime and
mystery of a future District 5. Traverse the mean streets of
Dusklight’s most brutal district as you search for “her,” encountering all
manner of creatures, the lowest of the low, emboldened with heightened
technology at your side. Pitch Black: A Detective’s Demise.

Current Version: 1.6 (November 5, 2020)
Read A Detective’s Demise’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/detectives-demise
Visit A Detective’s Demise’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/a-detectives-demise/id1537231967

2. Choose your Face (iOS/iPadOS, US$2.99)
Are you ready to be the star of the moment and get 100,000 gold coins?
Choose an emoji… with a hidden amount of coins and get
ready to open other face like boxes to see how many coins they have. Will
you get 1 coin or 50000? Will you rise to the top and get
100,000? Will you instead take the offer from the bank, which will bug you
every once in a while to tempt you with some coins? Or will you continue
opening until the end until you discover the coins in your box?
25 faces with different sounds, carefully designed for the game;
A custom announcer will tell you every prize you open, getting excited or
sad depending on your luck;
Bank coin offers which change depending on the amount of coins remaining to
open;
Cool music to enhance your gameplay experience;
Fully accessible with voiceover and for low vision users.

Current Version: 1.1 (November 12, 2020)
Read Choose your Face’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/choose-your-face
Visit Choose your Face’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/app/escoge-tu-cara/id1537309376

3. Echoid (iOS/iPadOS, US$0.99)
Audio game fully accessible to blind and visually impaired people.
Give your eyes a short rest, make use of your ears for playing!
Listen carefully to where the trap appears and do not let the ball get into
it. To control the ball is as simple as ABC – just use swipe to the left and
swipe to the right.
This interesting and endless game with retro inspired sounds requires quick
reflexes and concentration!
The longer you play, the more points you score, the more difficult your game
becomes.

Current Version: 1.2.0 (July 2, 2020)
Read Echoid’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/echoid
Visit Echoid’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/echoid/id1517825885?ls=1http%3A//trifoliumgames.com/index.html

4. FiLMiC Pro-Video Camera (iOS/iPadOS, US$14.99)
FiLMiC Pro v6 is the most advanced cinema video camera for mobile. Ever.
FiLMiC Pro has been enhanced with cutting-edge
capabilities and the most responsive manual filming app available on iPhone
and iPad.
A multi-time iOS Video Camera App of the Year, FiLMiC Pro has been used in
more high profile video projects by award winning
directors than any other video app:
FiLMiC Pro provides filmmakers, newscasters, teachers, vloggers, artists and
musicians with the capability to shoot in a true LOG
gamma curve (included in the Cinematographer Kit optional in-app purchase).
LOG V2 allows for greater tonal range and flexibility in post production by
expanding dynamic range by up to 2.5 extra stops and setting the iPhone’s
capabilities on par with camera
equipment such as dslr costing thousands more. †

Current Version: 6.12.8 (November 25, 2020)
Read FiLMiC Pro-Video Camera’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/photo-and-video/filmic-pro-video-camera
Visit FiLMiC Pro-Video Camera’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/filmic-pro-video-camera/id436577167

5. Jack: record with system audio (macOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Jack is the best utility to record video streams, calls, meetings or online
courses and video with the original system sound.
With Jack you can record your screen, microphone and system sound (speakers
audio).
If you want to record a meeting, choose to record your microphone (your
voice) and the system sound.
If you want to record an online presentation or video, choose to ignore your
microphone and record only the system sound.

Current Version: 1.4.0 (October 31, 2020)
Read Jack: record with system audio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/photography/jack-record-system-audio
Visit Jack: record with system audio’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/app/id1534312255?ign-mpt=uo%3D4&mt=12

6. KeyBell – Typing loud feedback (macOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
You will fall in love with this utility app. KeyBell plays a relaxing and
nostalgic mechanical sound every time you type something on your keyboard.
You can choose from multiple sound profiles, including modern ones and the
app stays in the background without ever interrupting
you from your workflow.
It works on your entire Mac, on all apps, including Mail, Office, Pages,
Notes or browsers.
It’s perfect if you write a lot on your computer because the sound feedback
gives you a productivity boost and you will want to type even more. It’s
designed for journalists, writers, bloggers, programmers or anyone who wants
to change the boring and silent
keyboards.

Current Version: 2.2.0 (October 8, 2020)
Read KeyBell – Typing loud feedback’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/entertainment/keybell-typing-loud-feedback
Visit KeyBell – Typing loud feedback’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/keybell-typing-loud-feedback/id1530838633?mt=12

7. Phone Play (for iPhone & iPad) (macOS, US$4.99)
With Phone Play you can mirror your device, listen to music, play games on
big computer screens and record media from your
iPhone and iPad.
Connect to your computer with a lightning cable and transform your device
into a music player, a gamepad or joystick, a recording
device. Show demos, read documents, view photos, enjoy Youtube movies. All
on big computer screens.

Current Version: 1.2.0 (October 11, 2020)
Read Phone Play (for iPhone & iPad)’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/photography/phone-play-iphone-ipad
Visit Phone Play (for iPhone & iPad)’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/phone-play-for-iphone-ipad/id1483013814?mt=12

8. Viskey (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Viskey is the Visible Keyboard
With large text preview and good contrast, Viskey lets you leave your
reading glasses in your pocket. You can pinch zoom the
preview.
Viskey is an easy to use accessible keyboard that doesn’t sacrifice modern
features. It offers spelling support, auto-correction and
auto-capitalization. You can use cursor keys to review existing text in
larger type.
Features:
Text preview with size adjustment for all text fields.
Cursor keys, tap to move by character, hold space and tap to move by word.
Spell Check
Auto-Correction, adds corrected words to user dictionary
Auto-Capitalization
System Shortcuts
User Dictionary
Configurable black on white
Optional key popup with big font

Current Version: 3.2 (November 27, 2020)
Read Viskey’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/viskey
Visit Viskey’s App Store page
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Helpful tips for December 2020

Hello there and welcome to our monthly feature of all kinds of tips.
We at the business desk are pleased to bring you our monthly feature of a
plethora of tips that cover a wide range of topics.
All of our tips are designed to help you save time, cut down on your
research, and help you get ahead.
So go ahead and read on.
This week we bring you our monthly tips.
It’s what we do for a living! We help you to help yourself!
Enjoy!
From the business desk team at http://www.sterlingcreations.com.
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Helpful tips for december 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Getting smoky microwaves clean of the smell again:
* 5 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally Without Killing Them
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* a review of the Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites hotel

*** A special appeal:
Give the gift of accessibility to disabled children and their families
today.
https://www.donnajodhan.com/donate.html

The world today is not what it was yesterday, and it will not be the same
tomorrow. We are presently living in very challenging and troubled times,
but rest assured, with our high propensity to create, innovate, and overcome
we will get through this together!

Author Donna Jodhan is committed to doing her part to ensure that persons
with disabilities, especially our kids with disabilities, are not left out
and that they are given every opportunity to be a part of our growing
virtual world.

Author Donna invites you to support one of her many ongoing initiatives by
making a small donation today. To say thank you, all supporters are granted
unlimited access to all 3 of Author Donna’s Subscription Libraries. These
include her Audio Mystery Library, her Recipe Library and her Home & Garden
Library. Review them today at:
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All donations, including anonymous donations, are also acknowledged on both
the Author Donna Jodhan Supporters Page and the Author Donna Jodhan Donor
Wall for the duration of their support.

Please consider giving the gift of accessibility to disabled children and
their families today. Your support makes the difference in keeping our
children connected, healthy and part of our community.

$25.00
Your $25.00 donation will be used to create one virtual meal for a family
with disabled children. Guaranteed to create happy smiles and contented
tummies, while encouraging healthy meal preparation.

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families with disabled children. Where the heroes are kids and adults with
disabilities.

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family with disabled children. Topics are accessibility related and
age-specific. Accessibility tips and tricks to help keep your home happy and
healthy.

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protection to families with disabled children.

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responses per email directly from Donna Jodhan. All support topics are
accessibility related and are specific to both age and disability.

$100.00
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mystery games and mind bending puzzles to a family with disabled children.
Lots of fun and enjoyment for the entire family! Helps to keep the family
entertained while self-isolating at home.

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General tips
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca

Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
tips.
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.

Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
callers.
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
revenue agency.
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
service package.
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.

So what are the latest and greatest scams making the rounds these days?
Automated phone calls saying that your Visa card has been compromised!
Just hang up on these calls!
Weird automated phone calls in the Chinese language with music playing in
the background!
Just hang up!
Faxes from strange numbers!
Just ignore!

Okay and for those of you who will be cooking a Christmas turkey!
When defrosting you need to leave your turkey in the fridge for two days.
Never leave it out to defrost.

Be ware of those porch pirates!
They work like this:
They drive up and down streets of neighbourhoods looking to see when courier
vans are dropping off packages on your porch.
They wait for a few minutes to see if you are going to answer the doorbell
to pick up your package from the courier.
And if you do not appear after a few minutes, they hop out of their van and
grab your package.
So please make sure to be waiting for your package.

A tip on how to shred documents if you do not own a shredder.
Soak your paper documents in water, wait for it to become soft and then just
go ahead and shred them.
A little messy but it works.

Heat and smells?
They rise, not descend!

From the condo management office:
Are you wondering…
…what can be done to conserve water, so our water utility bill doesn’t go
up?

Here are a few quick tips:
1. Do your laundry in the evening after 7:00 pm.
2. Check faucets and pipes for leaks. Even a small drip can waste 50 or
more gallons of water a day.
3. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Before brushing, wet
your brush and fill a glass for rinsing your mouth.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Contributed by Dan Thompson
Getting smoky microwaves clean of the smell again:

Smoke is a tough problem whether in a microwave, car or other enclosed
space. And thankfully in most cases, smoke is not
too tough
for Nok-Out.
You have to consider that once smoke gets involved in a microwave, it gets
circulated through the entire appliance,
potentially touching every nook, cranny and surface. Nok-Out applied full
strength, must do the same by touching every
place that is harboring that odor.
1. Start by unplugging the appliance from power.
2. spray it inside and out, top to
bottom including any carousel, racks, filter and other parts making sure
Nok-Out
comes in contact with every part of that appliance. Nok-Out is not at all
toxic or harmful, so you can confidently spray
the fan blades and so forth, provided you can reach them without taking the
oven apart. Do not attempt to do that!
3. Once you’re certain every square millimeter of the oven—its door,
hinges, corners, crevices, seams, top, sides, bottom
and every other surface—has come in contact with Nok-Out, allow it to dry
completely. Leave the door open and don’t use it
for at least 24 hours. That should do it. If you still notice the odor, give
it the full treatment
again. Good luck!
Don’t forget, when ordering Nok-Out use coupon code DPL for 10% off your
order.
You can also call Ted from Nok-Out toll free at 1-866-551-1927 and he can
answer any questions you have.
Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate blog,
www.everydaycheapskate.com
Our mailing address is:
Everyday Cheapskate
12340 Seal Beach Blvd.
#B-416
Seal Beach, CA 90740

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
5 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally Without Killing Them

Recently we had a large coloney of uninvited ants come a calling. We looked
for natural ways of expressing our dislike of them taking up housekeeping in
our home. The natural ways worked for a while but eventually a more
aggressive professional exterminator was called in. I share with you some
nonharmful methods that can be tried and are quite successful for smaller
colonies.

5 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally Without Killing Them

antsAnts are critical to the environment in too many ways to count, but they
quickly become pests when they invade your home seeking food, shelter, or
both. Nobody wants an ant invasion, and often times will reach for intense
chemicals to eradicate them as quickly as possible. Pest control is one
aspect of daily living in which people accept some of the scariest chemicals
into their homes, numb to warnings stamped on the packaging-“Don’t inhale!”
“Don’t touch!” “Call poison control if you make any direct contact with
this substance!” “Potentially harmful!” “Actually what we mean is it will
kill you!” Well, you get the point. If something needs detailed instructions
plus a hotline number for 24 hour emergency assistance (human or animal) or
chemical emergency assistance, I don’t want it in my house. What you have
to think is-if this is going to obliterate the pests (in this case, ants)
won’t it be harmful to anyone and everything else? Yes. It will. But what
nature brought forth is can also turn away, so read on about how to get rid
of ants naturally.

1. Bust Out The Vinegar, Baby

Ants communicate with each other using sounds, touch, and-the golden ticket
here-pheromones. The pheromones are chemical signals. Scent trails, in
essence. Ants perceive smells with their antennae, and can determine
direction and intensity of scents. If a forager ant finds food, it marks a
trail leading back to the colony, which the other ants than follow to the
source of the food. Each time the trail is traveled, the smell is
intensified. By using white vinegar by all of their entrances and any paths
that you know of, you are disrupting their scent trails and making it
harder for them to creep back to the food source they’ve been invading.

You will need.

– 1 part white vinegar

– 1 part water

– A clean cloth

Directions

Mix together white vinegar and water, and spray/wipe down all of the
entrances you know or suspect they may be getting in by, and spray/wipe
down all counters or surfaces by food sources.

Vinegar Ant Remedy

2. Draw The Line

Have you ever noticed outside in the summer the way ants and sidewalk chalk
just don’t seem to mix? That’s because they don ‘t. Ants that stumble
through chalk get covered in the stuff, while some people suggest minerals
in the chalk (such as talc) actually kill the ants.

You will need.

– A stick of sidewalk chalk

Directions

Draw a thick, heavy line around entrances-repeat as needed. This generally
needs to be used in conjunction with another method of elimination.

Ant Chalk

3. The Ant Honey Pot

How to get rid of ants.are you focusing too much on the “get rid of” part?
Have you done everything you can to exterminate the ants, but it’s just not
working? If eliminating them isn’t doing the trick, try diversion. No, you
don’t want to attract the ants to your house, but if a colony has set up
camp, diversion can sometimes be the way to go. Once they’ve decided the
honey pot you lay out is better than that hard to reach food you’ve locked
up, it’s easier to lay something to deter them from coming back in. After
you’ve got their scent trails cleaned up, food sealed tightly, and some
kind of deterrent by the entrances, they aren’t nearly as apt to coming
marching in again. Even if they try, they’re going to find you’ve made it a
lot harder by then!

You will need.

– A small paper bowl

– A few tablespoons of honey OR a 1-1 mixture of sugar and water

Directions

Place a little paper bowl with the honey outside, a little ways from your
house but not so far that the ants won’t find it. Once they find the
sweet stuff, they will happily go to that, rather than try to battle their
way into your house. You can also mix some sugar and water and spray it on
the ground if you find the honey ineffective. Once they have discovered the
pot, move it a little bit at a time further and further away from the
house, refilling and refreshing it as needed.

Ant Honey Pot

4. Essential Oil Entrance Blocker

Ants don’t like strong smells. They mess up their scent trails and
communication, not to mention it covers their bodies if they literally have
to crawl right through it-which they do, with this essential oil spray. Now
you can really experiment with different oils, or blends of oils, and see
what works best for you and your ants. For me, peppermint or eucalyptus
usually does the trick. Regardless of what method I am using to get rid of
ants, I always whip up a batch of this spray to further ensure success.

You will need.

– 20 drops of peppermint essential oil

– Fresh water

– A spray bottle

Directions

Fill a regular or medium size spray bottle with fresh water and mix in the
peppermint essential oil. Spray liberally around any and all entrances to
the house. Repeat when you deem it necessary (usually when the scent starts
to fade.)

Essential Oil Spray

5. Ant Balls

If you find that spraying a solution of essential oil and water doesn’t
work, it’s time to bust out the ant balls. The cotton balls serve as an
extra barrier to keep the ants out of the home, while the undiluted
essential oil will steer the ants clear at least 90% of the time. Be sure
not to leave these where you think a curious pet or child would find them
an appealing snack. If you don’t have essential oil, you can try using
white vinegar in a pinch.

You will need.

– Cotton balls

– Peppermint essential oil OR undiluted white vinegar

Directions

Liberally douse the cotton balls with undiluted peppermint essential oil. I
usually put the oil in a dish first so I don’t accidently drip it all over
my fingers. Alternatively, soak the ball in undiluted white vinegar,
squeezing out just enough excess that it doesn’t leave a puddle where you
place it. Use one of the cotton balls to wipe down the area by the entrance,
and then stuff another into the crack/hole/almost invisible opening that
they are sneaking in through. Refresh as needed.

Peppermint Oil for Ants

Bonus: 6. When Push Comes to Shove

I don’t like to kill anything-I am the person that will rescue an ant if I
see it floundering about in the water-but sometimes, you have no choice.
For example, if you have a nest of fire ants and a baby crawling
around-there was even been an instance where the venomous stings of a fire
ant colony almost killed a 13 year old boy. In this case, the non-toxic way
to eradicate the ants is with soap and boiling water. It’s unfortunate, but
sometimes there are simply other things you need to protect.

You will need.

– A medium pot’s (or bucket’s) worth of boiling water

– 1 cup of liquid dish soap

Directions

Fill a medium pot with water, leaving enough room at the top that you can
carry it without it sloshing over the edge. Bring it to a vigorous boil,
and quickly stir in the dish soap (use an environmentally friendly dish
soap that is biodegradable.) Put the lid on the pot to retain heat and
minimize the risk of it spilling, and use hot mitts to carry it out to the
nest. Pour the water into the nest, slowly enough so that it doesn’t
overflow. If you are aware of another entrance, and are worried about the
ants going up into the yard, you can place a barrier over one of the
entrances. Repeat the process as needed if you run out of water (really,
once is usually sufficient.)

Dish Soap to Kill Ants

My ant story.

When I was quite small I had a hospital for bugs, with my most common
patients being ants. I would bring the ant into my house and set it under a
heat lamp on some cushy towels where it proceeded, in all reality, to
probably get fried (I didn’t figure this out until just writing that-my
intentions were good-and I did have some make a full recovery!) Now I am not
suggesting you set up a bug hospital and welcome ants into your home, but
the point is, ants will not seize control of your house just because you
didn’t turn to some lethal pesticide (for my house growing up they probably
spread the word to steer clear lest they get cooked!) There really are worse
things than ants to have in your house-like the toxic products you’re using
to kill them-and it’s well worth a bit of extra effort to get rid of ants
naturally.

Tips: Ants seek two primary things in your home-food, and shelter. The first
step in dealing with getting rid of ants is to seal up any and all food, and
seal up any and all crevices that you find them making their way in through.
I know-its more work than just spraying some insecticide around-but it’s
worth it.

– Let me re-emphasize the part about sealing up food. Seal up your food!

– You will, in all likelihood, have to experiment with how to get rid of
ants in a number of ways, and try several combinations (e.g. using the chalk
method in combination with the honey pot and essential oil spray.)

Get rid of ants naturally without the use of chemicals. Keep your pets safe
by not using toxic ant killer.

You may also want to

learn how to get rid of spiders

” How to Keep Spiders Out of Your House with Essential Oils”

http://everydayroots.com/how-to-get-rid-of-spiders

Source: ” 5 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally Without Killing Them”

By

http://everydayroots.com/how-to-get-rid-of-ants

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
a review of the Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites hotel

Early in February 2017 I stayed at the Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown
Suites hotel at the 337 O’Connor St. location and I was quite satisfied with
their service. I stayed for one night and enjoyed a buffet breakfast the
next day before departing.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.

Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Operator assistance – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

The room was comfortable and easy to navigate and all of the promised
amenities were there.

The buffet breakfast was quite sufficient and it included eggs, fruit,
croissantes, muffins, juice, and tea and coffee.
The waitress went out of her way to provide me with assistance.
So you can see that I was thoroughly satisfied.
I would say that hotel staff were well trained and there was one particular
waitress at the restaurant who went above the call of duty to assist me.

So in case you would like to check out this hotel, here is the address.
Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites
337 O’Connor St.
Ottawa, ON
K2P 2N2
Tel 613-567-7275

I look forward to my next trip to the Best Western

Best Western Plus Ottawa Downtown Suites
337 O’Connor St.
Ottawa, ON
K2P 2N2
Tel 613-567-7275

I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.

To learn more about me, visit
http://www.donnajodhan.com

On your next trip you could enrich your down time with some of my audio
mysteries. Take them with you wherever you go!
In the car, on the plane, on the bus or train, at the beach, anywhere!
Affordable, portable, (computer or i device) and you could either purchase
or Subscribe for unlimited access to my library at
www.donnajodhan.com/store.html
and you can now take advantage of our free downloads here.

If you enjoy podcasts then check out my weekly one called take another 5!
From recipes to apps, and from mystery moment to tips for entrepreneur and
scam alerts!
Available for download at http://www.donnajodhan.com/takeanother5.html

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A review of the Air Transat Airline

A review of the Air Transat Airline

Introduction:
I was very pleasantly surprised when I traveled return to Britain by the Air
Transat airline. This was the very first time for me traveling by Air
Transat and hopefully it won’t be the last.
So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance on board the aircraft – 5

Remarks :
This airline had almost everything right except for when I landed at
terminal 3 after my trip.
It appears that something fell through the cracks and at first they did not
understand that I preferred to be escorted rather than be made to sit in a
wheelchair.
My encounter to this point was very uncomfortable but the airline did make
an above the duty effort to try and understand.
Staff at both ends of my trip; At Toronto and at Gatwick were excellent.
The after trip communication was much appreciated.
About staff:
Except for the unfortunate glitch upon my return to terminal 3, Air
Transat’s staff were excellent.

My meals:
Meals for both segments of the trip were excellent.

Any suggestions?
Keep up the good work and continue to collaborate with persons with
disabilities.

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Making a shopping trip more accessible – important for Covid requirements

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
Making a shopping trip more accessible

Before you say no or turn thumbs down on these suggestions; consider these
thoughts.
You can definitely increase your revenue and reduce both your internal and
external costs and here’s how.

Take it from me! I have been an accessibility awareness consultant and
advisor since 1998 and I continue to help companies to increase their
revenues, reduce their costs, and reach hidden consumer markets!

This is the month when we all take time to plan and execute shopping trips
and it is a time when we should put some extra effort in to planning
shopping trips that accessible for our seniors and for persons with a
disability. With this in mind, I have some valueable tips to share and
hopefully it can help to increase both your customer base and your revenues.

1. Time to advertise a business to offer shopping trips for seniors and
persons with disabilities.

2. Employ and train staff in the rudiments of how to communicate with,
interact with, and cater to the needs of those as stated above.

3. Take the time to determine what seniors in your area are most wanting to
shop for.

4. Do the same determination for shoppers with special needs.

5. It may be better to split these 2 groups into separate ventures.

6. Think of offering end to end services; from pick up at home to drop off
at home.

7. Be mindful of how much time your trips will last as both seniors and
persons with special needs can only spend a certain length of time in malls
before they grow tired.

8. Be sure to include bathroom breaks and eating breaks.

This should be a good start and have fun as you engage in this.

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