For those of you who may not have had the opportunity to read Fedora Outlier’s Follow Friday interview with Donna Jodhan, I have taken the liberty to repost it.
Hello and welcome to Fedora Outlier’s Follow Friday series. This week I have a bit of a quandary that I am trying to solve. You see, a few days ago I received a mysterious message in my inbox and I’m racking my brain trying to figure out who it is from.
The only details that I was able to discover from reading the message was that she’s Canadian, has been writing mysteries for audio listeners for the past 5 years, is blind and is a strong advocate for the blindness community.
It took me a while but I eventually figured out who my mystery writer was and since I enjoy a great mystery, then you’ll have to keep reading to find out who this mysterious person is. I guarantee you’ll enjoy learning more about her.
Brie Rumery: Donna, tell us a bit about your work as an audio mystery writer and what made you decide to follow this path?
Donna Jodhan: I have been writing and recording my own audio mysteries since 2010 and I have been sharing my shows with radio stations in Toronto and with the ACB Internet Radio Station. I decided to become an audio mystery writer because I wanted to fulfill a passion that is near and dear to me. This being to use my imagination to write crime mysteries as well as to bring joy and warmth to others through my Christmas stories. My crime series which is titled the Detective DJ and the Crime Crushers series is patterned after the “Murder she wrote” and “Murdock” mysteries where the focus is on the solving of the mystery rather than emphasizing the content of the crime. My Christmas mysteries are filled with limitless imagination, joy, and heart warming stories. I decided to follow this path so that I could have a more balanced life; one of being an active advocate while at the same time being able to bring fun and joy to others.
BR: Donna, how has it been for you as an audio mystery writer thus far?
DJ: I have certainly been able to realize my dreams plus much more. For example, I have managed to develop a strategy whereby I can use my audio mysteries to help me spread my anti bullying campaign.
BR: Donna, Tell us a bit about your anti bullying campaign?
DJ: I have named my anti bullying campaign “CAB” which stands for campaign against bullying and in a nutshell this is how it works.
Each time someone makes a contribution to my campaign against bullying, I send them a thank you gift in return for their contribution and they can choose which thank you gift they wish to receive. The thank you gift is based on the dollar contribution that they make. I then use all contributions to produce and promote blogs, podcasts, and workshops that tell others how they can combat bullying and I will also help others to develop their own campaigns against bullying.
To learn more, visit http://www.jodhanmysterybook.club
BR: Donna, How did you come to be interested in anti-bullying activities?
DJ: Sadly enough, I believe that my work in advocacy has shown me that many of our challenges and concerns result from much of society imposing their attitudes and opinions on us as a whole and that in order for blind persons to overcome this we need to stand together and find ways to push back in a meaningful and orderly manner.
This to me is bullying and we need to develop ways to deal with this.
BR: Donna, how long have you been an advocate and are there any successes that you would like to share with us?
DJ: I humbly state that in 2012, after a six years journey, I won a landmark victory against the Canadian Government over their inaccessible websites. This was a victory for all Blind Canadians and I did it because we as a community did not have equal access to information on government websites and accordingly web content was not very accessible to us. My work in this area is only just begun and at the present time I along with five other people have formed the Barrier Free Canada – Canada sans Barriers committee. Our goal is to lobby all Federal Parties to work together to pass a Canadians with Disabilities Act. The US passed the ADA 25 years ago and Britain passed the DDA 20 years ago. It is time for Canada to follow suit.
BR: Donna what legacy would you like to leave to others?
DJ: I am not sure if you would call it a legacy but these are my thoughts. Each morning when I wake up and reach for my i device I thank those who went before me because without them and their beliefs, commitments, and boundless efforts I would never be able to enjoy what I do today. I believe that it is my duty and obligation to ensure that our kids of the future continue to enjoy what I have plus more. My fight is for the kids first and foremost. They are our future and they are our hopes and dreams. If they are given the tools to succeed then we will all benefit.
As you have read Donna Jodhan is a person of many talents and passions, especially when it comes to writing and advocating for the blind. She is one of many within the blindness community that has made a difference for others who were denied the accessibility they deserve as a blind individual living in Canada and is one of the many reasons why Fedora Outlier chose her for this week’s Follow Friday and why we also choose to follow her future endeavors.
You can contact Donna Jodhan via Twitter @author_jodhan
Or visit www.donnajodhan.com to learn more about her as an audio mystery writer
or visit www.jodhanmysterybook.club to join her campaign against bullying