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The Sterling Creations Summer 2016 Newsletter

Hello and welcome to the Sterling Creations newsletter, which is produced quarterly. We hope that you enjoy it and encourage you to pass it along to those who may be interested in the types of services that we offer. We welcome your feedback and invite you to give us your comments for it is only through you and with you that we can improve our services.

The Summer 2016 newsletter is also available in PDF, Word, or Plain Text formats. A complete archive of the Sterling Creations newsletters can be found here.

Table of contents

  1. Message from the President
  2. The Second Quarter in Review
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Sterling Services
  5. List of Blogs
  6. Contact Info

Message from the President

Dear friends and customers of Sterling Creations:

I am delighted to be here with you once more to share our latest newsletter with you and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their continuing support. The second quarter has been a very busy one for all of us; for Sterling Creations as well as for me and some very exciting things are happening as we speak.

I invite you now to read our second quarter in review and I wish you a super summer.

With very best wishes
Donna J. Jodhan
President, Sterling Creations

The Second Quarter in Review

We'd like to kick off our report with highlights from our president's activities. During this quarter, our unstoppable leader Donna J. Jodhan continued her hectic pace as she went from meeting to meeting, attended several tele conferences, and traveled back and forth between Toronto and Ottawa.

Donna gave interviews to the RNIB's radio station; a United Kingdom based radio station and to the Accessible Media Inc live in studio producers during the month of April and it all had to do with her continuing initiative on behalf of Barrier Free Canada - Canada Sans Barrières. Donna is the founder of BFC-CSB and is the co-chair along with David Lepofsky.

As you may recall, Donna founded this non partisan grass roots organization in late 2014 and the objective of BFC-CSB is to lobby the Canadian Government to pass a Canadians with Disabilities Act in time for Canada's 150th birthday on July 01. You can learn more about BFC-CSB and its tremendous progress by visiting www.barrierfreecanada.org.

In May, Donna attended the CNIB's community based support committee face to face meeting in Toronto and during this month she also took part in the Accessible Media Inc's photo shoot day.

In addition, she wrote an article for Tristan Parker of the E Access Bulletin online monthly magazine; a British based newsletter. The article was entitled the website accessibility divide and focuses on why Donna believes the passage of a Canadians with disabilities Act will help to decrease this divide.

You can read this article in its entirety at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca/news.html

For the month of June: Donna traveled to Ottawa to attend an accessibility advisory meeting at the invitation of the Canadian Transportation Agency as well as to be a part of a presentation by the Elections Canada Advisory Group on Accessibility Issues to the Advisory Committee of Political Parties.

In the case of the first meeting, Donna represented Barrier Free Canada - Canada sans Barrières and among other things she was able to air her views on the present Canadian Transportation Agency's complaints system; the drawbacks and suggestions for possible improvements. This meeting was attended by reps from several organizations for and of persons with disabilities as well as reps from Canada's top airlines along with other transportation companies.

In the case of the second meeting, Donna along with four of her fellow group members presented to the Advisory Committee of Political Parties and the presentation focused on creating awareness of accessibility ranging from making websites accessible to making physical locations more accessible. Additionally, the importance of close captioning and descriptive videos and more.

The group fielded several questions from the ACPP and stressed the importance of Federal Parties being able to reach a growing group of Canadians with disabilities. It was felt that this presentation was well received by the ACPP committee.

In June Donna attended her first meeting as part of the Governance Committee of the Tandem Project organization. Donna was invited by Diane Bergeron to join this esteemed organization and looks forward to being an active member. The Tandem Project organization is an Ottawa based entity and you can read more about it by visiting www.thetandemproject.org. Its founder is Jan Ditchfield.

Donna continued her work as part of the how it works show at Accessible Media Inc during the second quarter and continued to enjoy working with Bill Shackleton her co host. This show focuses on Donna and Bill sharing information on a wide variety of subjects; how to do various things, find information, and interact with the appropriate persons when faced with specific situations.

Donna thanks John Melville and Joe Lamanna for their continuing support.

Our president also continued her advocacy work with the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians as she teamed up with three other past presidents of the AEBC as part of an initiative to plan and host a tele town hall meeting titled "let's get it out there."

Together with Richard Marion, Anthony Tibbs, and Robin East; an esteemed team of five panelists has been assembled as part of this initiative and a high profile moderator from one of the organizations has been chosen. This initiative has been gathering a lot of widespread support and it is hoped that some good and effective dialogue will result from this.

It is hoped that this tele town hall meeting will be held sometime after the Canadian Thanksgiving in October. The plan is to give Blind and sight impaired Canadians from coast to coast the opportunity to air their thoughts and ideas as to how to be able to strengthen the present consumer advocacy movement.

During the second quarter Sterling Creations continued to serve its customers across North America and Britain; offering research, writing, and accessibility services. Our client base remained constant through out the second quarter.

We continued to support our two main websites with blogs and newsletters. These being www.sterlingcreations.ca and www.sterlingcreations.com. In addition, we continued to support the www.donnajodhan.com website.

The www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com website also continued to be used by our president to post content from her personal diaries and in addition we continued to provide content to the good folks at www.theblindpost.com. Each month we send along travel editorials from the pages of Donna's travel diary.

We thank Lori Motis for giving us this opportunity to do so.

During the second quarter we launched the calling all questions website and you can now go to this latest addition to our family of websites by visiting www.callingallquestions.com.

We have some exciting news to share with you about author Donna Jodhan and it all has to do with the launching of her latest initiative; her weekly podcast called take another 5.

This newest initiative was launched on July 06 and here's a brief summary of what you should expect to hear.

There are five segments; kitchen corner, take another 5 with technology, the 5 minutes mystery moment, in the end zone with the entrepreneur, and staying ahead of bullies and scams.

There are show notes to go along with each episode and if you visit www.takeanother5.com you will be able to listen to it all.

So what's on the drawing board for the third quarter?

Well! The continuing development of the take another 5 podcast, a court date for our president on September 14 2016 when she answers the bell to appear in the Federal Court of Appeal as she along with the Canadian Transportation Agency are being taken to court by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority, and continuing to work with our clients to increase and improve our writing, research, and accessibility testing services.

In the meantime, we wish you a terrific summer and we look forward to your continuing support.

With very best wishes
The Sterling Creations team

Acknowledgments

Sterling Creations would like to thank the following persons:

  • Aaron Di Blasi – web developer for www.donnajodhan.com
  • Frances Moffat – web support for www.sterlingcreations.ca and www.sterlingcreations.com, and support for LinkedIn
  • Sambhavi Chandrashekar – LinkedIn support
  • Jamie Brown of Lumasis – website hosting
  • Dee Scott – blog support for www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com
  • Dena Patrick – technical support for Facebook and Twitter
  • Imran Ingar – technical support
  • The folks at MIAD – technical support
  • Mike Babcock – Twitter support for www.donnajodhan.com and www.jodhanmysterybook.club
  • Blair Stainton – producer of our audio mysteries
  • Oliver Turner – producer of our audio mysteries

Sterling Services

Our Accessibility Services

Meet our accessibility team! Made up of a hard working group of very dedicated professionals.

This team offers compliance and evaluation services. They can help you to test and evaluate your websites for W3C compliance. They are experienced at what they do and some of their tasks include:

  • Accessible website design and development.
  • Accessible website testing and evaluation.
  • Accessible content development.
  • Creation of user testing, technical support, high level, and detailed evaluation documents.
  • Managing of user testing teams.
  • User and technical support.
  • Hardware and software evaluations of access technology.
  • Presentations, seminars, and workshops.

Meet our research services team! Our newest edition.

This team can help you to research info on all kinds of topics. From simple subjects to the more complicated ones, this team can do it.

At the present time the research team is heavily involved in helping clients to research info for some very complicated Human Rights cases and in addition, they are assisting several authors to find ways to market their books.

They also offer their research services to home businesses, small businesses, and to individuals.

Some of their tasks include:

  • Researching of requested info.
  • Producing well-written documents containing the requested info.

This team can carry out Internet, phone, and library research on your behalf.

Meet our writing team! Known as the one-stop writing shop.

This team is probably the busiest of our groups. Working with authors, students, and marketing personnel from companies of all sizes.

Some of their tasks include:

  • Proofreading and editing.
  • Copy writing.
  • Re-writes.

The writing team can help you to enhance and expand your articles, blogs, newsletters, online magazines, and web content.

Meet our translation team! Made up of translators and language coaches.

This team works in English, French, Spanish, Cantonese, and Mandarin. They are heavily involved in the translation of storybooks for kids into several languages.

Their language coaches are also heavily involved in helping business professionals and new Canadians to become more proficient at writing and speaking English.

Our dynamic team of translators and language coaches can help you to improve and translate your articles, blogs, emails, faxes, newsletters, and online magazines. In addition, they offer services to help you improve your phone conversation.

Some of their tasks include:

  • Translation.
  • Language coaching.
  • Transcription.
  • Proofreading and editing.

To learn more about our accessibility activities, visit www.sterlingcreations.ca.

To learn more about how you can use our research and writing services to help you be successful in your endeavors, visit www.sterlingcreations.com.

List of Blogs

The following is a list of websites where you can read blogs and editorials written by Donna J. Jodhan:

Donna Jodhan! Advocating accessibility for all
www.donnajodhan.blogspot.com

Weekly features on how to increase your success with your business ventures
www.sterlingcreations.com/businessdesk.htm

Weekly articles and editorials on issues about accessibility
www.sterlingcreations.ca/blog

The latest news about Author Donna Jodhan
www.sterlingcreations.ca/news.html

Ask an expert – how you can make your products and services more accessible www.sterlingcreations.ca/askanexpert.html

Editorials:

From the pages of Donna's travel diary
www.theblindpost.com

The new and exciting detective series starring Donna Jodhan as Detective DJ:
www.donnajodhan.com

Ask an author:
www.sterlingcreations.ca/askanauthor.html

Author Donna Jodhan's podcast
http://www.takeanother5.com

Contact Info

To contact us by email: Please send your email to info@sterlingcreations.ca.
To contact us by phone: Please give us a call at (416) 491-7711.
Web: www.sterlingcreations.ca
For Author Donna Jodhan: www.donnajodhan.com