A review of the Windermere Manour – friendly but not very accessible

A review of the Windermere Manour

Introduction:
I have had the pleasure of staying at this very welcoming manor twice; In
2014 and then again in 2019.
For whereas there were a lot of great features, some things needed to be
improved.
On the whole, I enjoyed my two visits and the Windermere manor signified
true British hospitality for me.

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 – 4.5

Remarks :
Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.
There was enough space for everyone to navigate comfortably and easily.

About hotel staff:
Hotel staff were very helpful and often went beyond the call of duty.

My meals:
Meals were sumptuous, delicious, and choices were quite varied.

Any suggestions?
I am not sure how this could be accomplished but despite the rooms being
very warm and comfortable, access to them were somewhat awkward as there
were too many stairs to climb and at times there did not appear to be any
sort of logic in the layout.
I would say that this detracted from my overall visits.

Contact info:
Windermere Manor
Tel ; 015394 45801
Web ;
www.windermeremanorhotel.com

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How to make a train trip more accessible – looking past 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 Make a train trip more accessible
Looking forward to when Covid is gone!
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!

With a rapidly increasing aging population, all companies need to find ways
to accommodate the needs of seniors and those with a disability. There is
no getting away from it and we have a few pointers to help you make your
train trips more accessible and enjoyable.

1. Start at the beginning and make sure that it is easy for consumers to
make their trip arrangements. Be it online or by phone.

2. Make sure that your staff is well trained when it comes to being aware of
the needs and requirements of seniors and those with a disability.

3. Provide staff and services at the station to ensure that your consumers
are comfortable when it comes to knowing where to go in order to meet their
trains.

4. Ensure that staff is there to assist your consumers to board trains and
to find their seats with little difficulty.

5. Ensure that at the other end of the train trip you provide staff to
assist your consumers to find their way out of the station.

We hope that this helps to get you started.

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The latest from the AppleVis news for September

Welcome to the September 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. Accessible 2048 (iOS/iPadOS, US$0.99)
The goal of this game is to combine numbers together until you reach a tile
with the number 2048. Can you do it?
Sound effects to enhance your gaming experience;
Fully accessible with voiceover, with larger tiles for low vision users;
Fully compatible with your iPhone and iPad;
Win and share with your friends!

Current Version: 1.6 (September 16, 2020)
Read Accessible 2048’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/accessible-2048
Visit Accessible 2048’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/id1530728911

2. Fantasy News by FantasyPros (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Stay ahead of the competition on your iPhone and iPad with the latest
fantasy sports news and rumors from the NFL, MLB and NBA
with the FantasyPros Fantasy News app.
Follow players and enable notifications to get customized news and alerts.
Be the first in your fantasy league to react to player
injuries or snag gems off the waiver wire.

Current Version: 2.4.3 (September 17, 2020)
Read Fantasy News by FantasyPros’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/sports-activities/fantasy-news-fantasypros
Visit Fantasy News by FantasyPros’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fantasy-news-by-fantasypros/id967102422

3. GameDay Pro Football Radio (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
Number 1 NFL GameDay Mobile Radio
***** No Subscription!
***** The best app for NFL games!
***** The only app that has all 32 direct radio feeds.
***** Delivers the best NFL radio at a fraction of the price.
Live play by play and scores. GameDay Pro Football Radio is connected to all
32 NFL teams(see below)! Listen to your favorite
teams in the NFL during game time while you are on the road, at your kids
little league game, in a meeting, in church, or anytime you
can’t be near a tv or at the game. Chat with other fans who are also
connected and listening.
When it’s not Sunday, MNF, or TNF listen to your local sports radio stations
to stay connected to your home team and catch up on the
news and stats. Get an app that looks good and just works great!
All home team and away team announcers available for every game. Don’t
settle for anything less with other apps that pretend to
stream every game.

Current Version: 4.0 (September 24, 2017)
Read GameDay Pro Football Radio’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/sports-activities/gameday-pro-football-radio
Visit GameDay Pro Football Radio’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gameday-pro-football-radio/id928579927

4. NHS COVID–19 (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
The new NHS COVID–19 app is the Official NHS contact tracing app for England
and Wales.
It is the fastest way of knowing when you’re at risk from Coronavirus. The
quicker you know, the quicker you can alert your loved
ones, and your community.
The more of us that use it, the better we can control coronavirus.
The app runs on proven software developed by Apple and Google, designed so
that nobody will know who or where you are. And you
can delete your data, or the app, at any time.
It has a number of features:
Trace: Find out when you’ve been near other app users who have tested
positive for coronavirus
Alert: Lets you know the level of coronavirus risk in your postcode
district.
Check-in: Get alerted if you have visited a venue where you may have come
into contact with coronavirus, using a simple QR
code scanner. No more form filling.
Symptoms: Check if you have coronavirus symptoms and see if you need to
order a test.
Test: Helps you order a test if you need to.
Isolate: Keep track of your self-isolation countdown and access relevant
advice.

Current Version: 3.6.1 (September 25, 2020)
Read NHS COVID–19’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/medical/nhs-covid-19
Visit NHS COVID–19’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-covid-19/id1520427663

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 October 2020 – useful tips for all ages

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 October 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Three Generic Cleaners Same as Brand Names but
Way Cheaper
* Cheap, Money-Saving Winterizing Moves Worth the Hassle

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* A checklist to let others know

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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.

For our Canadian readers!
Be ware of a phishing email supposedly from RBC telling you that changes are
coming to your business account and asking you to download the attached
file.
Please, delete this!

A strange call from someone speaking a Chinese dialect!
Just hang up on this recording.

This info comes from a study that was done through an American university:
It says that those who refuse to wear masks share the following traits.
They do not have any empathy for anyone.
They are hostile.
They are risk takers.
They are pathalogical liars.

Here is one for the books:
Apparently, those who paint homes and houses for a living should be aware
that they could be affected from by working with paint.
Specifically, their teeth.

What you need to know about the differences between bees and wasps!
Bees buzz when approaching.
Wasps do not.
Wasps die after their first sting.
Wasps also dislike intensely the smell of cloves.
So place a bowl of cloves on the table on our outdoor patio.

A list of some important Pandemic supplies to stock up on!
Masks,
hand sanitizers,
hand wipes,
wet wipes for your counters and dressers,
All purpose cleaning sprays,
Anticeptic sprays.

Some pandemic tips!
Social distance,
avoid crowds,
Wash hands regularly when going out and coming in,
wear masks when going out.

A good home made spray?
2 parts water,
1 part pine sol,
1 part bleach.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Three Generic Cleaners Same as Brand Names but
Way Cheaper

By Mary Hunt

Most people are well familiar with the term “generic” when it comes to
drugs, a term referring to any drug marketed under its chemical name without
all the fancy packaging and advertising. We know that by law, for a
medication to be labeled as “generic” for a name branded prescription, it
must be chemically identical to its branded cousin.

Today I want to offer you cheap generic alternatives for these three popular
cleaning products-Bar Keepers Friend, Super Washing Soda and
OxiClean.

BAR KEEPERS FRIEND. It’s been years since I learned about oxalic acid.
Sounds scary doesn’t it? Like something in the chemistry lab that could blow
any second. Relax. It’s not what you might think. In fact, if you look on
the back of a can of one of my favorite cleaners, Bar Keepers Friend, you’ll
read: Contains oxalic acid.

That miraculous product that costs about $5.50 for a 12-ounce can is nothing
more than generic oxalic acid. Are you familiar with Zud, another household
and garage cleaner? It too contains oxalic acid.

The minute I learned this generic fact, I went online and ordered a 5-pound
bag of oxalic acid for about $15 (price varies) and marked Bar Keepers
Friend off my shopping list forever. I keep my oxalic acid in a well-marked
little bucket that has a
tight-fitting lid. I use a pint-size mason jar with holes poked in the lid
as a dispenser. What an amazing and versatile cleaner.

ARM & HAMMER SUPER WASHING SODA. One of the ingredients in our
homemade detergent for both standard and HE washers

Super Washing Soda is not easy to find. And when you can find it, it’s
pricey-$5.50 for a 55-oz. box is typical. You can stop looking for it. Super
Washing Soda is a brand name for sodium carbonate (NOT to be confused with
sodium bicarbonate, which is baking soda).
But hang on, it’s gets even more confusing: Sodium carbonate goes by another
name as well: soda ash. It’s annoying that it has two generic names until
you discover when purchased as soda ash, it is much cheaper. Soda ash is
used in swimming pools to keep the pH balance in check. It comes in
quantities from one to hundreds of pounds. It looks, smells and feels just
like Super Washing Soda
because (ready?) it’s the same thing! Look for soda ash as you get ready to
make our homemade laundry detergent, which is fabulous and costs only about
a nickel per load to make.

OXICLEAN. Made popular by its late-night infomercials, basic Oxi-Clean is a
not a laundry detergent but rather a non-chlorine bleach. It releases oxygen
to remove stains, which is evident by the bubbles it makes as the white
powder hits the water.

The active ingredient in OxiClean is a generic white powder substance called
sodium percarbonate. Generic sodium percarbonate is not diluted,
unlike OxiClean, which is only about half sodium percarbonate with balance
filled in with soda ash (see above) and inert fillers.

Since sodium percarbonate is highly concentrated, where you would use 1/2
cup of OxiClean in your laundry, you would substitute with only 2
tablespoons of its generic, sodium percarbonate.

Sodium percarbonate is really cool stuff. It is a highly concentrated powder
that releases hydrogen peroxide. It is easy to use for cleaning, stain
removal, and laundry. Mixing it with water activates it. Sodium percarbonate
has a long shelf life as long as it remains dry.

Sodium percarbonate is best when used with HOT water-such as mixed into the
cleaning solution in a carpet cleaning machine. It is great for cleaning and
disinfecting things like the cat box, the birdbath, bedpans. Mix sodium
percarbonate in hot water, fill your (empty) cat box or birdbath or bedpan,
and give it time to soak. Just like hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate
needs to have time to do its work. Two tablespoons is enough to clean a
whole cat box (filled with
water), or a whole birdbath (filled with water). Just make sure you use hot
water.

Mix sodium percarbonate into a thick paste to use on light colored tile
grout. Let it sit and it will bleach out any stains.

If you think of sodium percarbonate as an alternative form of hydrogen
peroxide, that pretty much covers it. It can be used for most of what
hydrogen peroxide is used for, bearing in mind it is a very concentrated
powder.

the only precaution I would give you is that you may be tempted to use too
much sodium percarbonate. It’s easy to sprinkle some on a stain and scrub it
in, when a much less concentrated form would likely do the trick. Go easy
and you’ll be happy with the results.

Bonus: Sodium percarbonate the product you want handy if you need to remove
the orange mystery stains left by avobenzone, which is the active ingredient
in nearly every sunscreen product. Just make sure you treat that stain
before it goes into the clothes dryer, which will set it for all eternity.

All three generics-five pound bag of oxalic acid,

soda ash

and sodium percarbonate-

are available for purchase. Click on the linked words to order them online.
Or if available in your area, check your local pool supply and janitorial
supply stores.

Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate blog

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Cheap, Money-Saving Winterizing Moves Worth the Hassle
http://lifehacker.com/5390242/cheap-money-saving-winterizing-moves-worth-the-hassle
That aisle at Home Depot with all the winterizing gear? It’s jam-packed with
overly-expensive stuff that might not do your home any good. Here’s a few
relatively cheap and easy moves you can make to cut
your heating bills.
Lock down your windows
In every home, there’s a trade-off between visibility and insulation
happening around each window. If you’re stuck in an apartment with windows
older than your parents, we’ll suggest a few options,
depending on what you’re hoping for in looks and permanence.
The quickest, cheapest, yet still effective solution for windows you don’t
need to look beautiful is a
bubblewrap application, as detailed by Build It Solar
.
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Conservation/bubblewrap.htm
You’ll only need water and some tape to affix the fun-to-pop stuff to a
window, it still lets light through, and it’s surprisingly good at putting
hundreds of little pockets of air between your warm room and the cold
window surface. Thanks
ecelinesphyt
for the tip!
Affordable and Non-Permanent Winterizing for Apartments
http://lifehacker.com/5390058/affordable-and-non-permanent-winterizing-for-apartments#c16283967
You might have a hunch that your apartment will be all kinds of drafty this
winter, but you’re
You might have a hunch that your apartment will be all kinds of drafty this
winter, but you’re not in a position to start replacing insulation. A
valuable Ask MetaFilter thread offers many temporary heat fixes and
DIY draft fixes.
The question comes from a couple in Nova Scotia who spent a winter packed in
outdoor clothes in a ground floor apartment, yet still felt the chill.
They’ve pulled off the basics that a tenant can get away
with—plastic window covers, caulking, draft dodgers, and the like—but needed
a few more ideas. Some of the more novel answers are easily do-able: pick up
insulated curtains, move big furniture pieces
to outside-facing walls, and using temporary ceiling covers in rooms where
the heat truly seems to escape.
Other tactics, like installing a precise electronic thermostat, might
require some landlord approval or subsidizing, but can probably be
rationalized vis-a-vis energy savings when there’s no tenants present.
Don’t like your windows looking like they were just shipped from NewEgg?
Besides the self-sticking foam insulation you’ll find in every hardware
store (that you should never buy too thick) and weather-
sealing, packing-like tape, they recommend this particularly effective
solution:
My favorite (draft blocker) is Mortite caulking cord. Caulking cord is sorta
like that clay you played with in kindergarten that never dried. You can
peel strips of it off the roll and shmoosh it into any gaps
in your window.
Dodge the draft (under your door)
The space under a door is kind of necessary if you want to open it, but it’s
a fairly obvious way for heat to escape one room and float into unheated
areas where it isn’t necessary.
Draft dodgers are the slightly pun-ish name for cloth or insulation stoppers
that fit the space under a door, but still allow the door to open with
relative ease.
The Cool Tools blog points to a neat “Twin Draft
Stopper”
that runs about $10, is easily adjustable for most any door, and is
machine-washable, to boot.
Twin Draft Stopper | Cool Tools
http://kk.org/cooltools/twin-draft-stop-1/
Don’t dig the somewhat utilitarian look of retail draft dodgers? The Not
Martha blog has a picture-packed guide to a
fashionable DIY door draft stopper
.
http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2006/03/01/114123374401718192/
The
full Flickr set
shows how you can pack however much insulating foam you need, cut to size,
and seems to fit a bit more snugly than its commercial brethren.
drafty door | Flickr – Photo Sharing!
retesting
Below are 7 additional DIY Tips to Winterize Your Home for Cheap
Spircelink is below
http://www.wisebread.com/7-diy-tips-to-winterize-your-home-for-cheap
1. Clean Out Your Gutters
Gutters that are dammed up with leaves can result in ice dams, which can
lead to all kinds of costly outdoor repairs — damaged shingles, roof leaks,
broken gutters, etc. Additionally, if your gutters are clogged up, water
could be falling right
next to your foundation and leads to possible flooding in the basement.
Estimated Cost: Free, as long as you don’t fall off the roof and end up with
a medical bill.
2. Drain Your External Faucets
Water that is sitting in pipes that lead to outside faucets can freeze and
burst, ultimately flooding your basement and leading to possible water
damage and mold problems. Simply close off the interior faucet valves by
turning them clockwise all
the way to the right. Then go outside and make sure that every last drop has
come out of the faucet.
Estimated Cost: Free
3. Caulk
Search for drafts around windows and doors on a cold windy day. Place a
tissue paper over the suspected draft area. If the paper flutters, you’ve
probably located the draft. For drafts under doors, you may have to buy a
rubber draft stopper to
place at the bottom of the door.
Estimated Cost: $3/tube (One tube should be more than enough.)
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http://dis.criteo.com/pump/match.aspx?c=10&uid=http%3a%2f%2fdis.criteo.com%2frex%2fmatch.aspx%3fc%3d10%26uid%3d%7bnetminingID%7d
4. Repair Your Shingles
If you have cracked, missing, or otherwise damaged shingles, have them
replaced immediately so that you don’t get roof leaks. Strong winds, falling
tree limbs, and sun weathering can all lead to damaged shingles. You might
as well check
them out while you’re up on your roof cleaning out your gutters.
Estimated Cost: $1/shingle
5. You can Flush Your Hot Water Heater
Any time of the year. Read very detailed directions and view visual
directions at the link below.
How to Flush a Water Heater: 13 Steps (with Pictures)
http://www.wikihow.com/Flush-a-Water-Heater
You can
flush a hot water heater
any time of year, but you might as well throw it in with the other
maintenance work you’ll be doing since you really only need to do it about
once a year. If you don’t, sediment can build up at the bottom of your
water heater and cause it to lose efficiency or even leak.
Simply take one of your water hoses and fasten it to the water faucet at the
bottom of your water heater. Turn off the water heater so that you don’t get
burned by hot water accidentally. Run the hose outdoors, preferably, but if
you can’t do that,
then a laundry tub should be sufficient. Open the valve and let the water
drain out completely, rinsing out the sediment with it.
Estimated Cost: $0.001 for the water
6. Replace Your Furnace Filter
Furnace filters, in a clean basement, can lead to a more efficient furnace
when replaced about every six months. I usually replace mine when I first
turn on the heat and then when I switch over to air conditioning in the
summer.
Estimated Cost: $5-$15, depending on the furnace
7. Programmable Thermostat
Most programmable thermostats can be purchased for $30-$70. In a cold
climate, you might be able to save that much in a month alone if you set one
up to be cooler while you are out of the house and at night, and warmer when
you are at
home. And they are easier to install than you may think (half-hour job,
max.).
Estimated Cost: $30-70
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From the pages of Donna’s diary
A checklist to let others know

It is always a great idea to let someone know where you are going to be at
all times whenever you set foot outside your home. Some may think that this
may be unimportant but if you want to ensure that one can easily find you in
an emergency then here is a checklist.

Include info that contains your flight numbers, airline, and times of
departures and arrivals. If you are travelling by train or by bus, do the
same with regard to train and bus numbers, and travel and departure times.

If you are traveling with someone else then give info on their names as
well.
Give info on phone numbers of hotels, those of friends that you may be
seeing, and most importantly; your own cell phone number and email address
if you are going to have email access.

If you are traveling with someone else then also give their phone numbers
and email address if they are going to have access to email.

Give also details of any meetings that you may be attending. You don’t need
to give out a detailed description of your meetings. Just location and with
whom could be enough.

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.

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A review of the Good Luck Chinese restaurant

A review of the Good luck Chinese restaurant
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
This restaurant is what I call very homely and welcoming.
It is one that I would be pleased to recommend to anyone and especially to
families.
If you’re hungry or just seeking somewhere new to eat then this is the
restaurant for you.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.
Service desk assistance – 4.5
Assistance for guests with special needs – 4.5
Assistance at restaurant – 4.5

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

About restaurant staff:
Extremely welcoming and accommodating.

Eating experience:
Very pleasing and delicious.

Any suggestions?
Keep up the good work; you are trending in the right direction.

Contact info:
Located on Eglington Avenue East;
2432 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto ON M1K 2P8
416-285-1818

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Making a home more accessible – how to reach some very important clients

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 home office more accessible
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!

My tips are primarily aimed at those who are new entrepreneurs or who are
thinking of becoming entrepreneurs.

Too many folks often get caught up in just slapping a home office together
without even thinking of how to arrange things so that you do not spend too
much time looking for something or just trying to navigate through mounds of
clutter.

Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Use file folders and label them with appropriate names that mean
something to you.
2. Place them in sturdy file cabinets.
3. Place the more important file folders; your personal info in the drawer
of your working desk.
4. Carefully label these so that they mean something to you.
5. Examples of personal files could include mortgage and insurance papers,
banking papers, your wills, and so on.
6. Make your desktop as uncluttered as you can. Don’t use your desktop to
store scattered papers.
7. Dont use the surfaces of your computers to store papers.

This should be a good start for now.

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From the Apple Viz August newsletter the latest and greatest

Welcome to the August 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. Commtech USA (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Commtech USA is everything we offer online via our website in the palm of
your hands! The latest news, reviews, tech tips and
tutorials. Audio and Video training samples, access to the Support Staff
Podcast, and quick access to our staff via phone, iMessage,
email and more! When we release a podcast, training video or audio or
announce something big, you’ll be the first to know via alerts
straight to your device. (Requires enabling of Notifications).

Read Commtech USA’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/education/commtech-usa
Visit Commtech USA’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/commtech-usa/id1513755325

2. Doing It Right (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
Audio game fully accessible to blind and visually impaired people.
Doing it Right is an audio puzzle with brain-busting challenge. Test your
hearing and logic.
Follow the sound instructions and win the game. With each chapter and level
instructions will become more difficult and mental
discomfort stronger. Try to test yourself. It is harder than it seems at
first sight.

Current Version: 1.2.0 (August 4, 2020)
Read Doing It Right’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/doing-it-right
Visit Doing It Right’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/doing-it-right/id1517307980?ls=1

3. GitHub (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
There’s a lot you can do on GitHub that doesn’t require a complex
development environment – like sharing feedback on a design
discussion, or reviewing a few lines of code. GitHub for iOS lets you move
work forward wherever you are. Stay in touch with your
team, triage issues, and even merge, right from the app. We’re making these
tasks easy for you to perform, no matter where you
work, with a beautifully native experience.
You can use GitHub for iOS to:
Browse your latest notifications
Read, react, and reply to Issues and Pull Requests
Review and merge Pull Requests
Organize Issues with labels, assignees, projects, and more
Browse your files and code

Current Version: 1,2,4 (August 11, 2020)
Read GitHub’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/developer-tools/github
Visit GitHub’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/github/id1477376905

4. Laundry Lens (iOS/iPadOS, Free)
Laundry Lens is the perfect companion for doing the laundry. Just point your
camera at a care label and you will be presented to the
proper instructions on how to take care of your clothes and garments. By
swiping up, you can also look up the laundry symbols
manually and discover many others. Laundry Lens includes a full list of
symbols, from washing to ironing, and even professional
ones, so you know exactly what type of care your laundry requires.

Current Version: 1.0.3 (July 29, 2020)
Read Laundry Lens’ AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/utilities/laundry-lens
Visit Laundry Lens’ App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/laundry-lens/id1513767864

5. Mercury for Mastodon (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
Introducing Mercury, a customisable client for the Mastodon social network!
Notable features of Mercury:
Customise swipe gestures to shortcut actions you perform often
Choose a custom theme to personalise the app to your tastes with automatic
dark mode switching
Listen to audio uploaded to the Fediverse
Save a list of hashtags that you would like to follow
Add descriptions to images and GIFs that you upload
Support for custom emoji when posting a status
Open Twitter and Reddit links in popular native apps
Create custom timeline filters
Translate status text
Bookmark statuses
Schedule statuses
Manage lists
Multiple account support
All without ads

Current Version: 1.3.2 (August 20, 2020)
Read Mercury for Mastodon’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more
information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/social-networking/mercury-mastodon
Visit Mercury for Mastodon’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mercury-for-mastodon/id1486749200

6. Sounds Of Eden (iOS/iPadOS, US$1.99)
Sounds of Eden is a meditative, audio experience. Designed to inspire a
sense of peace and calm within the listener. Walk through
an endlessly generated garden where the only things that grow are blissful
sounds. Each time you enter your garden, you’ll find a
unique array of plants that grow around you as you explore.
This is an audio only experience, there are no visuals.

Read Sounds Of Eden’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/entertainment/sounds-eden
Visit Sounds Of Eden’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/sounds-of-eden/id1525196057

7. Untold RPG (iOS/iPadOS, Free With In-App Purchases)
UNTOLD is an immersive text-based RPG where you create your own adventure.
You wake up on a beach, confused and vengeful
and soon encounter a nomad. Like you, she suffers from memory loss and
wishes nothing but vengeance upon those responsible.
”Even in its early stage, it is a delightful game – the eloquent writing,
amount of surprise elements and uncertainty paint a wonderful
experience unique to every play-through!” – Player
Choose your own UNTOLD story by making decisions that impact your adventure.
Some of these choices will pave way for survival,
others will condemn you to the realm of the dead. As you venture through the
world, you gain experience, gather equipment and build
your character. Keep in mind though, that strength is not everything you
need to survive the cruel continent that is Tem Khiris.

Current Version: 1.3.1 (August 27, 2020)
Read Untold RPG’s AppleVis App Directory entry for more information
https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios/games/untold-rpg
Visit Untold RPG’s App Store page
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/untold-rpg/id1486667077

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 September – tips to keep you 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 september 2020

In this issue:

General tips
Articles of the day
* Salt. It’s mandatory in a human diet. But salt can be as destructive as it
is needful due to its ability to eat holes through metal and leave ugly
stains on footwear.
* My Top Five Favorite Homemade Cleaning Solutions

From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Protecting yourself before traveling abroad

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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.

For those living in Canada:
Simply ignore those calls from callers pretending to be calling from Service
Canada.
They are absolutely fake!

Here is one that could catch you off guard.
If you are awaiting the delivery of a package; you will probably receive
notification from the courrier company with a tracking number.
However, you will probably also receive another email from a scammer with
another tracking number for you to use.
The best thing to do is to call the courrier company directly and check out
this tracking number with them.
Please be very cautious here.

Be very ware of this scam!
An email pretending to be from MR and MRS Gates on behalf of the Gates
Foundation!
It asks you to contact the send of the email.
It is a scam!

For those RBC customers in Canada:
Please ignore any email sent to you that says that changes are going to be
made to your business accounts.
This email has an attachment which makes this email even more dangerous.
Do not download the attachment; simply delete this email.

Okay: If you receive an unsolicited small package from China and you
believe it to be containing seeds,
please do not bother opening it.
Just throw it away.

Having problems with keys sticking in your door?
Just use a healthy dose of DW40.
Spray it into the key hole.
Voila! Matter solved!

What’s a great source of snack for diabetics?
Why; pop corn of course!

Best time to water your plants and flowers?
Early in the morning according to the plant experts.

Watering your lawn at night?
Prevents those night crawling insects from envading your lawn.

Some helpful info about hurricanes!
Hurricane season starts towards the end of June and usually lasts until end
of November.
Hurricanes thrive in warm waters of the ocean in that they are able to grow.

Some very important info for your consideration:
Swimming in a pool is very different to swimming in a lake.
Lakes have currents.
If you encounter a current, best to back out of its grasp if you can; do not
panic, swim against it.
The bottoms of lakes are not level at the best of times and very often you
could easily find yourself going from a level bottom to a drop that could
throw you off and cause you to run into huge problems.

About those vitamin Bs?
Vitamin B12 is good for dealing with stress.
Vitamins B3, B5, and B6 are good for healthy skin and hair.

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Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team

Salt. It’s mandatory in a human diet. But salt can be as destructive as it
is needful due to its ability to eat holes through metal and leave ugly
stains on footwear.

We should be thankful for sidewalk salt in the wintertime, because it’s
effective at helping us avoid injuries from slipping on icy surfaces. Of
course, the downside is, these chunky salt particles get on boots and shoes
causing damage and ugly stains.

Cleaning these stains from your leather and suede footwear regularly
throughout the winter will help them last and looking good for many years to
come.Leather: Pour 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup warm water into a small
bowl and mix well. Dip a clean cloth into the mixture, then wring it out so
it is not dripping.

Dab the this wet cloth into the salt stains, wiping at them gently to remove
the white residue. Following with a second cloth you’ve dipped into the
clean water

and wrung near dry, rubbing gently to rinse away the vinegar solution, then
dry with a clean, soft rag. Repeat the process of dabbing with vinegar
solution, rinsing with a wet rag and drying until all of the salt stains are
gone.

If stubborn stains remain despite having followed the steps above, moisten a
clean damp sponge with a good saddle soap like Fiebing’s Yellow Saddle Soap.
Rub it onto the spots in a circular motion. Following the instructions on
the label, buff the leather with a dry rag to remove any residue that
remains.

Suede: Brush the stained areas of the boots or shoes with a soft toothbrush
to loosen any surface salt or other debris from the suede.

Mix 1 teaspoon blue Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent into 2 cups of warm
water

and stir. Dip a corner of a soft clean white rag into the soapy water and
squeeze it gently to release excess water. Dab the stained areas of the
suede gently. Don’t

rub or press hard on the suede. Leave the boot or shoe to air dry. If the
salt stains remain after the boots dry, repeat the process. When the salt
stains are finally gone, brush the dried area with a soft toothbrush or shoe
brush until those boots look brand new.

Avoid future stains: Once your boots are back to their beautiful selves,
treat them with a good water and stain protector like Meltonian Water &
Stain Protector for Leather & Suede. Once treated your boots will repel
future water and salt stains.

You’ll save the time of having to remove stains later and you’ll save money
too

because your boots will last for more seasons to come.
By Mary Hunt

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My Top Five Favorite Homemade Cleaning Solutions

If there’s one place in your household spending that you can really cut the
cost, it’s household cleaners. The cost of most home cleaning products is
getting outrageous. While I don’t advocate throwing out what you may have
accumulated, I do recommend that in the future you consider making your own
cleaning products from ingredients that are downright cheap.

While I have many recipes, tricks and strategies, today these are my top
five favorites!

*TUB AND SHOWER CLEANER.

Materials: Blue Dawn, 32 or 16 ounce spray bottle, and plain white
vinegar.

Instructions:

1. Pour one cup blue Dawn into a 32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn if
you are using a 16-ounce bottle; 1/3 cup for a 12-ounce

bottle).

2. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with plain white vinegar. Apply
sprayer top.

3. shake gently to mix.

4. Label bottle.

5. To use: Spray liberally on the areas to be cleaned-tub or shower walls,
doors, floor, fixtures.

6. Allow to sit from 30 minutes up

to overnight, depending on the amount of soap and scum build-up. All of the
offensive gunk and grime will break down and become soft and gooey. 7.
Simply rinse it away.

8. For especially challenging situations (or if this is the initial
treatment) use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces before
rinsing. To maintain: Spray down the walls and floor of the tub/shower once
a week. Rinse. Admire.

*TOILET CLEANER:

materials: One cup baking soda, 1 cup white vinegar. To

Instructions:

1. First remove the water from the toilet bowl by reaching down behind the
toilet and turning off the water input valve. This is easy. Just turn the
handle clockwise until it will no longer

turn. Now flush the toilet once or twice or until all of the water
disappears.

(Because you turned the input off, no water will fill the tank.) ‘2.
Sprinkle the baking

soda all around the inside of the toilet bowl.

3. Next pour or spray the plain white distilled vinegar into the bowl.
You’ll get a little bubbling show and even a popping

sound. Great! That’s the reaction you want.

4. Using a good toilet brush, scrub it

down including under the rim.

5. Last, turn the inlet valve back on by turning it

counterclockwise until it stops turning. The toilet tank will fill. Flush to
rinse. Repeat

as necessary. You’ve just cleaned, scoured, deodorized that toilet and also
removed mildew and odors.

*GRANITE CLEANER:

Materials: 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (vodka, or gin are good

Substitutes), 16-oz. spray bottle, 3 drops blue Dawn, and finally 5 drops
essential oil

Instructions:

1. Pour 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (vodka, or gin are good

substitutes) into a 16-oz. spray bottle.

2. Add 3 drops blue Dawn dishwashing liquid

and 5 drops essential oil (optional, but makes it smell great).

3. Add 2 cups water to

4. fill the bottle.

5. Label and keep out of reach of children.

6. Shake to mix. Label the

bottle.

7. From now on, use this cleaner to keep your granite countertops
beautifully clean and shiny without wrecking the sealant or causing any harm
to the granite.

Note: Any size spray bottle will work. Simply adjust the proportions to

accommodate.

*BATHROOM CLEANER.

Materials: This is heavy-duty and will sanitize as well as clean

bathroom counters, floors, sink, glass and mirrors.

Items needed include: one clean spray bottle, rubbing alcohol, white
vinegar

Instructions:

1. Get a clean spray bottle. Fill it

halfway with rubbing alcohol;

2. Fill the rest of the way to the top with white vinegar.

3. Label the bottle. The ratio is 50/50 rubbing alcohol to white vinegar no
matter the size of the container. The great thing about this cleaner-no
rinsing required.

4. Simply spray, scrub with a sponge or cloth and wipe clean.

*WOOD AND LAMINATE FLOOR CLEANER.

Materials needed: One part alcohol (rubbing alcohol is

cheap and available in any supermarket or drug store), distilled water, plus
a few drops blue Dawn dishwashing liquid, a spray bottle and finally a
microfiber cleaning pad.

Optional, a large surface mop with even bigger detachable microfiber
cleaning pad.

Instructions:

1. Mix One part alcohol to four parts distilled water

plus a few drops blue Dawn dishwashing liquid.

2. Mix this up in a spray bottle each

time you clean the floors. Or if you make it up ahead, be sure to label it
well and keep it out of the reach of children. To use: Sweep or vacuum the
floor.

3. spray the cleaner in a small area, and scrub well with a cloth or sponge
and immediately wipe the

area dry with a microfiber cloth.

4. The secret is to spray, scrub and wipe dry

immediately. If you do not want to do this on your hands and knees, I
recommend this Hardwood Floor Spray Mop for both wood and laminate floors.
It sprays the

cleaner from its removable bottle that lets you make your own cleaner; a
large surface mop with even bigger detachable microfiber cleaning pad that
swivels for really easy handling. This mop makes scrubbing wood and laminate
floors a breeze.

—From Mary Hunt’s Everyday Cheapskate blog, comment!

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From the pages of Donna’s diary
Protecting yourself before traveling abroad

It never hurts to ensure that all of your ducks are in a row so to speak
before you travel abroad and if you want someone to double check your list
then why not give your friendly Federal MP a call to verify?
Here are some suggestions.

1. Make sure that your passport is up to date. You need to have a passport
that is valid for at least six months before you travel.

2. Make sure that you need to be vaccinated if the country that you are
traveling to requires you to be so.

3. Make sure that if you require a visa to travel to your destination that
you obtain said visa.

4. Make sure that if you require foreign currency that you have enough to
travel with.

5. Travel insurance is a great way to protect yourself in case of illness or
accidents.

6. Check out your destination thoroughly to satisfy yourself that it is a
safe one.

7. It is always a great idea to take out travel insurance and flight
cancellation insurance.

8. Finally, make sure that your luggage is easy to identify and pay specific
attention to your luggage tags.

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 Halifax airport

A review of the Halifax airport
By Donna J. Jodhan

Introduction:
There are airports and then there are airports and what distinguishes the
outstanding ones from the medioca ones are to a large extent the layout of
the facilities and services.
For me, the Halifax airport stands well ahead of many others in the
outstanding category and this is all due to the accessibility of this
airport for travelers with disabilities.

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

Remarks :
The authorities of the Halifax airport have put a lot of thought into how to
accommodate the needs and requirements of passengers with special needs and
many other airports can take pattern after the facilities here.

About service desk staff:
Friendly, welcoming, and very helpful going beyond the call of duty.

Any suggestions?
Keep up your excellent work!

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Making a back deck more accessible

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 back deck more accessible
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!

There are back decks and then there are back decks and the difference
between the good ones and the bad ones is that the good ones can be accessed
by everyone. Not just the person without a disability but those who depend
on wheelchairs, walkers, canes, service dogs, and others to help them access
the deck.

There is nothing more enjoyable than being able to appreciate one’s back
deck in the non winter season and with a rapidly aging population it is so
very important for contractors to bear this in mind whenever they are called
upon to build or upgrade back decks. So with this in mind, here are just a
few pointers.

1. Make sure that your back deck is easily accessible. With as little steps
as possible and if this is unavoidable then a viable alternative.

2. That there is enough space for persons with mobility devices to maneuver.

3. That there are adequate guard rales.

4. That there is enough colour contrast between floor surface, rales, and
walls.

5. That there is enough space between chairs and tables.

6. That chairs are easy to sit in and that tables are at a comfortable
height for persons to access.

This should be enough to get you started.

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