Top 10 reasons why it’s great to be blind

The number 1 reason is definitely my favorite.

10 We can read in the Dark.

9 We are believed when we say, “We read Playboy for the Articles”.

8 You have an iron clad excuse when walking arm and arm with an Attractive
Member of the Opposite sex.

7 We don’t have any acrimonious discussions with our Spouse about what
color to paint the Kitchen.

6 And mostly for men, we never have to answer that Delicate Question?

“Dear, does this outfit make me look fat?”

5 During a Blackout, we can still mix a mighty good Martini.

4 We don’t have to look into the mirror in the morning and discover all
those new wrinkles which popped up overnight.

3 We don’t have to look at just one more photo of Paris Hilton or Britney
Spears.

2 We play Poker with a Marked Deck.

And the NUMBER ONE greatest thing about being blind . . . .

We never have to be the Designated Driver.

Cat

12 most talkative dogs

No. 1: Beagle
The Beagle might be best known for his nose, but this scenthound has what his fans call a “musical” voice. He’ll sing along to sirens and bark when strangers come to the door, but if you keep him active and occupied, he shouldn’t feel the need to serenade the neighborhood at all hours.

No. 2: Miniature Pinscher
She might look like a scaled-down Doberman, but the Miniature Pinscher is her own dog. She’s a fireball who loves toys and makes a great watchdog, but she’s best suited to an experienced owner prepared to manage her willful nature.

No. 3: Pomeranian
Clever, adaptable and generally happy, the Pomeranian is the smallest of the Spitz breeds — but he thinks he’s a much bigger dog. He enjoys some snuggle time with his family, but he’s busy and active and won’t be content as a purse pooch. Although his bark isn’t deafening, it can be difficult to stop, even with training.

No. 4: Chihuahua
The Chihuahua is a sassy little lady who can be an excellent, albeit tiny, watchdog, but she can be quite yappy if not properly trained. Sh e can also be high-strung, which may lead to nipping and biting (in addition to barking) when she feels frightened or threatened.

No. 5: Alaskan Malamute
The joyful and friendly Alaskan Malamute is a world-class leash-puller and sheds like there’s no tomorrow. Plus, there are few fences that can contain him due to his expert digging and climbing skills. He’s known to howl along with sirens or talk to you with “woo-woos” but isn’t typically a nuisance barker.

No. 6: Siberian Husky
It was no surprise to see the Siberian Husky on this list. After all, one of our favorite Internet celebrities is Mishka the Talking Husky. This is an active, happy and affectionate breed who is generally too friendly to be an effective watchdog, but you are likely to hear her howl along with sirens.

No. 7: American English Coonhound
The American English Coonhound is renowned for his speed and endurance, according to the American Kennel Club. This member of the hound group is a hunting dog who needs regular exercise and typically gets along well with humans and other dogs.

No. 8: Miniature Schnauzer
She might be small, but the Miniature Schnauzer has a larger-than-life personality and can be counted on to alert you – loudly – to anyone at the door. She is smart and athletic and makes a wonderful watchdog, and although she has a natural tendency toward barking, that can be curbed through training.

No. 9: Basset Hound
The good-natured Basset Hound needs to do little more than look your way with his pleading gaze to get what he wants. His short legs and long body make him less active than his fellow hounds, but he still possesses the classic hound howl, which he’ll use to full effect if left in the backyard away from his family.

No. 10: German Shepherd
The GSD is a natural protector who has been known to perform pretty much any job available to dogs. She is intelligent, fearless, athletic and needs an owner who will give her focused attention and training — otherwise, she can end up lonely, bored, destructive and loud.

No. 11: Yorkshire Terrier
The Yorkie might be classified as a Toy breed, but make no mistake: This is a Terrier, through and through. He is a big dog in a small body and makes for a determined (and boisterous) watchdog, and even when properly trained, he’ll never be totally quiet.

No. 12: Bloodhound
The Bloodhound is probably most recognizable as the baying dog hot on the heels of the
dastardly criminal in the movies. But at her core, she’s sweet and lovable, even if she does produce more drool than you’ll ever be able to mop up. Her man-trailing
ability is so great that her “testimony” has even been accepted in select court cases. Like the other dogs who made this list, she needs to be well-trained and kept entertained in order to stop her from barking out of boredom.

Cat

Everest College did not give its all

Wow, it’s been a long long time since I updated my blog. So lets start up again and I’ll try my best to keep everyone up to date after this, *smiles*

Lets start with my lovely school journey. Everyone knows that this summer I have been fighting hard to get into Everest College for the Early Childcare Assistant, (ECA) program and I had fight after fight with people from National Association of Career Colleges

If you don’t remember how this all started, then please go back to the beginning and have a refresher.

Well, everything looked like it was going well, fine great, super I’ll get to start this fall. I was so excited! Finally I can start on the path of the career I’ve been wanting for years.

*growls in frustration*

Here it is September and I am not and will not be attending Everest College because they weren’t accommodating, they didn’t try like they claim they were doing, they waited until 2, count them, 2 days before class was to start to finally tell me, “sorry wee just couldn’t find you any placements. We call 122 different places and they all said no.” I’m sorry I call bull shit on that one! I fed them a placement that would be great for me and they claimed they called them everyday and left tuns of messages. Again I call bull shit. My contact people never heard a word after the initial first call from Everest. Everest told me that the place I recommended also doesn’t do infant and toddler, for the third time, sorry, bull shit!

I waisted months and months dealing with this mess and I’m extremely disappointed in Everest College. They did not put all their effort into getting me into the program. I’m sorry to say that I would not recommend Everest College to a person with a visual disability to attend this college.

Luckily with my contacts that I have from Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre all is not lost with the world. I will actually be returning back to Algonquin College in January for their Early Childhood Education program. That place that Everest says that doesn’t have infant and toddler placement or that they couldn’t reach, yeah, they will be my placements with Algonquin College.

So this time finally I can really say I’m on my way and this time from the looks of things it should go much better with Algonquin than it has in the past due to changes. So onward and upwards I go!

Cat

New Worlds Ateraan attends the ACB convention

Have you ever read a book and wondered what it would be like to play one of the characters?

This year at the ACB convention you can learn about the text only online role playing game known as New Worlds Ateraan

This high adventure, fantasy role playing game is based on the book The Light of the Path and staff members from New Worlds Ateraan will host a seminar on Monday and Tuesday evening.

Come to the seminar and you will learn how to become immersed in the world of Ateraan, a planet like earth where you walk among mystical creatures and live in an incredible country of fantastic magic and intrigue.

The seminar will introduce screen reader usage, character interaction, and the best methods of role playing by your host, a professional film and theater actor.

Now you can join hundreds of men and women characters like Neechi in an online adventure that becomes nearly real.

Join us this year at the New Worlds Ateraan Seminar at the ACB convention

To see what a few other players have to say about the game look here

Cat

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

It’s a day of importance for me, but in more ways than just one!

Ten years ago today I moved to Canada and never looked back. Canada became my home the minute I stepped off that plane, but now guess what? Today is more to me than just my anniversary of moving to Canada. Yes, I found the love of my life and this time I didn’t even have to move to another country to do so, ha! All that happened was I blinked and someone stole my heart.

They say that love comes when you least expect it, when you’re not looking for it. Well, I guess that’s true after all. On July 1, 2012 a day that marks a new chapter in my life James turned my life upside down and inside out. This has been the best year that I have had in a very long time. We fit together so well that it’s scary sometimes. Thanks for one awesome year together and here’s hoping we have many more years to share, HAPPY ANNIVERSARy James, I love you!

Cat

Dennys gets a strange complaint

One of the strangest complaints I’ve ever heard.

James and I went to our second home Dennys on Thursday afternoon for lunch and near the end of our meal James was saying that he never has anything to mock whenever we go to Dennys. There’s never anything weird said or done or anything.

Ha, guess he spoke too soon!

Not long after that we were getting ready to leave our booth when I heard the guy behind us tell Derek our server that he wanted to file a complaint. so I told James to hold up a sec because I wanted to hear what the complaint was.

I couldn’t believe my ears. This is what was said…

Excuse me sir, I’d like to make a complaint. The um, service was good, but I um, shouldn’t have to pay for my coffee. It’s all I had. Other restaurants give you free coffee.

Yes, you read that right. This customer complained about paying for coffee. He figured he was suppose to get it for free!

So Derek was like…um, what? You are trying to tell me you should get your coffee for free because it’s all you had? Just because you joined your friends and sat down for coffee we should give that to you for free, that’s what I’m hearing?

Yes, says the customer. I mean other places give you free coffee so….

Derek says, So I just want to make sure I understand you can go to a Tim Hortons and sit down with your friends and expect a person to come over and hand you free coffee because that’s all you had?

Customer, no no, that’s not it. I’m um not explaining this right…

He then turns to his friends for help and surprise surprise they don’t say a thing, lol.

This went on like this for 5 mintues before I finally told James that we were going because I was finding it harder not to laugh at the nut case. I’m mean seriously dude, free coffee! I’d also like to know what restaurant gives out free coffee. That customer never did say.

Cat

NACC, the Conclusion of Chapter 1

Wow, the moment I’ve been waiting for has arrived!

On June 4, 2013 I received the email from Serge A. Buy the CEO of National Association of Career Colleges stating that they were letting Everest College know it was now ok to enroll me in the Early Childcare Assistant (ECA) program.

I’m not going to rip NACC apart in this post in regards to the emails they sent me last because in the end I got the result I was waiting for, the “right” result!

I will state however that I do not appreciate the fact that NACC tried to make themselves look good and me the bad person in the final emails. I am keeping everything that happened over the last couple of months until I have completed the program and I am certified.

On June 5, 2013 I received an email from Mike Lacroix asking if we could set up a day to meet and get things rolling for the ECA program. I was extremely excited to see that email and a bit confused because some steps had to be repeated, but hey it was a step in the direction that got me going in the direction I want!

So on June 11, 2013 I met with Mike Lacroix, Melissa Kingston, kate whom sorry I forgot what her title is and Natalie the instructor for the ECA program. The meeting with all parties went very very well and I can now look forward to my start date.

Hey, does anyone know when that is yet? Hmm, well August 26th or sometime in October.

The bad news is I have to be up at 5:30, yes I said, 5:30 in the morning! I mean not that I sleep much or at all most times, but that’s besides the point. 5:30 in the morning is just not right!

So I will now happily close chapter 1 with NACC and hope that I do not have to start another chapter. I would like to thank all the parties involved that helped me during this time and who stood by me and told me not to give up while I fought for what I wanted.

I hope that if another person that wishes to attend Everest College for the ECA program who is visually impaired or legally blind does not have to jump through these hoops. I hope I have at least been able to open that door for you.

Cat

NACC finally responds

Finally, the Serge A. Buy the CEO of NACC decided to get in touch with me. It only took them 2 months to do so! But sadly they didn’t have anything good to tell me.

Lets go over the recent contact shall we?

1. Based on discussions we’ve had with several parties, we may be looking at a solution for you. The solution would be to look at adapting some parts of the program for you and also trying to find innovative solutions during the delivery of the program itself.

I would like to know where was I during these conversations? How can you adapt something for a person without speaking with them as well and seeing what adaptations work for them? How come Everest College wasn’t also included in this conversation? I mean it is Everest College giving me the education after all, not NACC.

2. There are three conditions however.

I can’t believe they had the nerve to ask for these!

Condition 1. We need to be able to confirm that you would be able to graduate the program. This protects you as you pay for your education. While we are willing to attempt the accommodation, there’s no way for us to confirm that you would be able to graduate. You would need to sign a waiver stating that you are aware that you may or may not be able to graduate and, should the college and NACC make efforts to accommodate your needs, your relieve them of any responsibility should you not be able to graduate.

Would you ask a sighted person to sign anything stating they won’t hold the school or you responsible if they don’t graduate? No one knows for certain they will be able to successfully complete a program.

NACC everyone keep in mind is only the organization that provides me with the certification after I complete the program at Everest. It is between Everest and myself on discussing the education side of things. Everest has not asked me for any letter. If I don’t successfully complete a program due to any reason besides adaptations for me being refused or something is on me. Why would I hold anyone else responsible except myself?

Condition 2. We will need confirmation and agreement from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities that they agree with any changes that we will make to the program.

Sorry I don’t even agree with this. Again you have not spoken with me to see what adaptations I need or how I learn. How can you adapt something for someone you’ve never sat down and spoken with? Again NACC you’re stepping out of your role. Everest and I already have adaptations for me in place for the ECA (early child care assistant) program. This is something I gathered over a month ago. A job you were suppose to be looking into but never did.

The problem with this is you could pick adaptations that are way out in left field. They might help someone, but they won’t help me. Why would anyone in their right mind say yes to something like this and leave themselves in a bad spot if the adaptations don’t meet their needs? I mean last I checked not all students learn the same. One adaptations work for one person may not work for another.

Condition 3. The College and the instructor need to be ready to work with you and accommodate your needs.

Hmm, how many times must I repeat this one? Lets see, Everest and i have been in communication since day one about adapting programs for me and how best the staff can be of help. Everest College and I have already come up with adaptations for me for the ECA program that are satisfactory for all parties. NACC you have nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the education side of this issue! Any problems on that side are delt with between myself and Everest College, not you!

NACC’s closing remark:
We’re sincerely trying our best to help you succeed in this project.

Um, they are? Am I missing something then, because I definitely don’t see them being helpful right now.

This that I’ve gone over today is the letter I received yesterday after my advocates finally reached NACC. I also forwarded this letter over to them since they were somehow left out of the communication.

My advocates called me after receiving this letter and my response back to NACC so we could touch base. According to them Serge A. Buy is concerned that I will sue NACC if I can’t complete the program.

Great, have them worried, but they are worried for the wrong reason.

I will only sue them if I am not allowed to take the program or complete the program if accomidations aren’t made. This is the only reason this has come to the attention of anyone.

My advocates and I are going to wait until June 1st to see if they respond to my recent letter back to them before discussing the next step.

For anyone that needs to catch up on this thread, then a great place to start is right over here

Thanks for reading.

Cat

Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner

When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their cell phones and electronic devices remaining. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just a perfect little family, gone.

Sounds like a good book right? Well, I thought so too, but sadly it is not the best book I’ve read by Lisa Gardner and I love a great deal of her books.

The beginning of the book starts off having you asking questions, such as, why is the wife sneaking drugs while out at dinner? what made her so unhappy?

It’s questions like those plus many more that just don’t get answered in the story. It left me scratching my head and wondering what in the heck did I miss?

I would like to thank Shane for recommending Touch and Go by Lisa Gardner and if you also have a book you’d like to tell me about, good or bad please share them over here

NACC continues to ignore me

Today is May 10, 2013 and as of today I have still not heard a word back from NACC on the matter of their out right discrimination against me.

Serge A. Buy the CEO Director General of National Association of Career Colleges has been the one I have been communicating with. This CEO is the one that claims they would “look” into things and “work with me on seeing how the program could be adapted for a blind person like I said it could.

But, where is Serge A. Buy hiding? I’ve sent emails asking for updates and have not heard back. A person from another organization on my behalf has also tried contacting Serge A. Buy with no response. Are they hoping that this matter will just go away and I won’t push this matter forward? Sorry, not going to happen!

What I would like to know is why hasn’t NACC tried to follow up on anything they said they would do? Why are they refusing a person with a disability the opportunity to get an education? Why in their out right discrimination are they also dragging Everest College down with them?

Everest College is now because of NACC stating that they will not enrol me in the program until my fight with NACC is complete. I believe this is a pile of crap and told them so. Everest provides the education, NACC provides the certification or whatever after I have successfully finished the program. My fight with NACC should not hinder me being successful in the program.

Everest has no reason to say no since the adaptations are already in place for me to do the program and I have the perfect placement in mind that is also in the area I wish to work when it comes time to placement time. So in my opinion right now Everest is being stupid and I told them as much. They are just too afraid of standing on their own or who knows what. They rather listen to a company who’s discriminating and they know they are than the student they’ve sat down and spoken with, made adaptations for and also agree that what NACC is doing is wrong.

What’s wrong with this picture?

If you’d like to catch up on this situation then please go here and if you have any suggestions, thoughts, comments or whatever on what I should do next please feel free to voice them.

Cat