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Month: October 2015

Adventures In Dallas – The Saga Continues

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Day Two – Get Ready Dallas, Us Girls Have Arrived!

When reading this particular series, there is one thing I need for you to do for me, and that is, hum the theme song to any Indiana Jones film. Why, you ask. Well, each and every time that Marcy and I decided to leave the comfort of our hotel room, we knew, without a doubt, that we were embarking on some type of adventure!

Our adventure in Dallas actually did not begin until Friday, July 3rd. Marcy, my fellow cohort in crime during the week long convention, and I awoke Friday morning, leisurely that is, with the knowledge that there was a lot to accomplish before we could sit back and have a little fun at our first event of the night, the Heart of Texas Mixer.

What to do first. Us girls needed something to eat, so we grabbed our purses, harnessed up our dogs, took a deep breath and headed out the door to the elevators. So far so good. Down to the lobby we went and once we got there, realized that we really had no idea in what direction to head to in regards to finding somewhere to eat. Marcy wanted to venture to the Plaza of America where apparently there were several dining choices. I wanted to stay within the comfort of the hotel surroundings but I was over ruled and off to find the Plaza was first on our agenda of things to do.

Luckily, a nice gentlemen who was attending the convention with his wife, overheard us talking about how in the world we were going to get to the Plaza by ourselves and told us that they were actually headed there for lunch and if we wanted, we could tag along. It’s a good thing we did because Marcy and I would have never found the way there or back, talk about a long walk! We had an enjoyable lunch with some new found friends and surprisingly the day was going pretty well. I should have known better.

Arriving back to the lobby of the hotel, it was now time to locate the convention information desk, the location to pick up our registration packets and also locate the Pearl Room where Marcy and I would be holding our iOS and Mac workshops.

A volunteer let us know that we could find everything we were looking for on the second floor but that the only way to get there was to take the escalator, so off we went to find the wonderful moving contraption so that we could get to where we needed to go. Easy, right? Not for us!

Getting to the second floor was not an issue for us ladies; however, finding the specific meeting rooms that we needed was indeed an issue. After walking around in circles and venturing down several hallways, we were finally able to arrive at our destination. We picked up our registration packets and goodie bags and left to find the information desk. Again, luck was on our side because we found someone who was headed to the same place that we were. We asked about the location of the Pearl room and actually was able to have someone walk us there. Hopefully, we would remember how to get back to the Pearl room the next day!

Marcy and I were exhausted and the dogs needed a well-deserved break, so us girls made an executive decision and went back to our room for a little while. Flopping down on the bed, the first thing that came off were my shoes and Jadyn was happy not to have to wear her harness for a bit. Our next decision of the day would be where we wanted to eat for dinner and then how to get to the Heart of Texas event later that night.

In the next installment of Adventures in Dallas, find out what happens when Marcy and I venture out for dinner outside of the hotel.

Will we make it to our dining location safely or wind up aimlessly wandering the streets of downtown Dallas. You’ll just have to visit my Fedora page to find out what happened.

Follow Friday With Donna Jodhan

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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 “Murdoch” 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

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 to learn more about her as an audio mystery writer
or visit to join her campaign against bullying

#AccessChat Announcement

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Fedora Outlier, LLC
AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed To Access

Please join Brie Rumery, Junior Partner of Fedora Outlier, LLC, on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 8:00 PM eastern with her guest Eva Bregara. Eva will be participating in Fedora’s #AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed to Access. This unique interview via Twitter allows the blindness community the opportunity to interact each week with a particular person, organization or business that is making or continues to make an impact or change the lives of the blind, low vision and deaf-blind communities.

Eva Bregara is another one of Fedora Outlier’s Blink Contestants. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Texas Southern University and is currently attending the University of Houston Clear Lake where she is working on a Master’s degree in Humanities. Eva is a member of the American Council of the Blind (ACB) and is also co-editor of the iBug Newsletter.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, October 29th @ 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central or 5:00 PM Pacific for #AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed to Access!

#AccessChat is held every Wednesday at 8:00 PM Eastern via Twitter and Brie would love to have you come and join in on an hour of enlightening conversation.

{EVENT} You & Fedora Outlier LLC Presents: The worlds largest virtual Thank you card to Apple Inc

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On Wednesday October 28th at 8PM EDT we invite you to join the Fedora team and the rest of the world in thanking Apple.

Apple is the first mainstream company that has taken accessibility for the blind and made it a priority in all of its devices, products and services and we want to thank them live.

Apple has allowed Fedora Outlier LLC to serve over 2,000 clients worldwide to date and we not only want to thank Apple for the opportunity, but more importantly Fedora wants to thank you for being a client.

The only way to predict the future is to invent it. – Steve Jobs

He built devices with accessibility built in and not bolted on.

Steve Jobs was one amazing man. He sat out to change the world and because of his dreams we are able to use Apple Watches, Apple TV’s, iPads, iPhones, Macs, Routers, Magic Track Pads, iPad Pro’s and home automation with free accessibility built in.

Let’s get together this Wednesday and tell Apple thank you. They will be listening for sure…no need to register. Here’s the info…

Be prepared to tell your story in three minutes or less, practice it, start with your name, if you have been a Fedora client in the past and how you got involved using Apples’ born accessible products.

From your iPhone click the number below ant you’ll automatically be added to the event.


If you are calling from a landline dial 712.432.0190. Use access Code 732659.

The live stream link is

Just click to listen live

Disclaimer: You may receive this notice in your inbox and, on social multiple times, however its not us spamming you. The world will be sharing this info and when it boomerang back back to you, we just ask that you share it again. We want to create and present the largest virtual thank you card to Apple ever!!

We also want to change the world. Let’s do it together!

Use#letschangetheworldtogehter on Twitter

VaShaun Jones – Visionary

Wild Card 2 (Employment)

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No matter if you call her Nelly Mel, Mel or Mary she’s back and we’re going all the way in on employment for the blind.

We’ll briefly touch on some of the issues that keep us from moving forward and generating income that is meaningful purposeful and profitable.

What’s your thoughts on the lack of employment in our culture?

Mary says that it’s time out for playing and that we need to screen and shout more for employment.

Personally I agree whole heartedly!

What about you?

Ever wanted to start a business? What about getting your career off the ground? Get with Fedora, Blind Alive or just get a mentor for where you want to be in life and lets go…

Blink Season 2 (Shark Tank) will be the best we’ve ever created and it will be in your ears after Wild Card…be right back!

Get your free chapter of the Crime Crushers with Detective DJ at

#AccessChat Guest Announcement

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AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed To Access

Please join Brie Rumery, Junior Partner of Fedora Outlier, LLC, on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM eastern with Blink contestant Shelley Smith. Shelley will be participating in Fedora’s #AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed to Access. This unique interview via Twitter allows the blindness community the opportunity to interact each week with a particular person, organization or business that is making or continues to make an impact or change the lives of the blind, low vision and deaf-blind communities.

Shelley Smith, 34, currently resides in South Carolina with her husband Scott and their two children. Shelley has been legally blind since birth from an eye condition called congenital optic atrophy in which the Optic Nerves that carry signals from the eye to the brain are not fully developed. Shelley is a Braille reader, is proficient with Voiceover and is also a Mac user. She is also one of Fedora Outlier’s Blik Contestants.

Make sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 21st @ 8:00 PM Eastern, 7:00 PM Central or 5:00 PM Pacific for #AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed to Access!

Find out more about #AccessChat – A Twitter Chat Committed to Access by visiting Fedora Outlier, LLC and make sure to mark your calendar for Wednesdays at 8:00 PM EST for an hour of enlightening and interesting conversation.

Wild Card 1 (Innocence)

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Stay tuned as we come back to Blink. The reality show where employment for the blind and deaf-blind is not just a dream anymore.

In the second season (Shark Tank), the Realist move to video. We went from 23 contestants to a little over a handful still in the running.

We’ve already brought a few individuals aboard the team already. They were just super valuable and we couldn’t resist.

We look forward to working with the new associates and changing the world together!

As we transition from audio to video we invite you to enjoy the Wild Card Series and we’ll be right back…

This one is me and my nephew T.

Let’s tell the story…

Its funny how life turns out. You go from being little, with no worries in the world to a grown person and lots of responsibilities to bare.

This one brings me back to my childhood as a 9 year old as I reminisce outside in the rain and follow through with a interview of my nine year old nephew Mr. Taboris Scott.

I wish I could go back to the days of innocence, don’t you?

After listening get a free chapter of detective DJ’s mystery book and join our campaign against bullying.