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A Long Awaited Evening with Anne Murray

Filed under: Motivation — by at 8:24 pm on Thursday, May 8, 2008

Canadian music legend Anne Murray in concert
(Photo credit: Vancouver Sun)

Monday evening, after waiting a lifetime, I finally had the pleasure of seeing Anne Murray in concert! Having grown up with her music, a wave of emotion with a high water level moment overcame me when walked out on stage.

Being present, in the same room, while she sunge Could I Have This Dance, You Needed Me, Daydream Believer, Danny’s Song, and, of course, Snowbird was amazing. A dream come true.

I find nothing more inspiring than watching someone do something with still so much passion after forty years – her voice, her confidence, the way she commands the stage, her joking with the audience. Inspiring.

What inspires you?

(The night was made a wee bit sweeter by Vancouver beating Ottawa’s standing ovation for Anne. Yes!)

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Accessibility Need Not Be Expensive: Preview of Upcoming Series

Filed under: Accessibility 100 — by at 6:12 pm on Saturday, May 3, 2008

Last night I received a Google Alert for Glenda Watson Hyatt – one way to track what is being said about me on the web. I also receive alerts for cerebral palsy, virtual book tours and a few other key phrases; it’s like having my own research assistant.

Clicking on the link in the email, I was pleasantly surprised to see it is a video clip from the Misbehaving Women event held back in March. The clip shows Isabella Mori kindly nominating me for the award and then me give my brief speech using my laptop:

It is nice having that moment caught on video. However, I am little disappointed the camera wasn’t turned a few degrees to the right. One of the other award recipients Karen Taylor is Deaf and two of her colleagues graciously interpreted the evening for her. Had the camera included the interpreter in the shot, then this YouTube video would have been more accessible to those who are Deaf.
(The transcript for my speech is provided in an earlier post.)

It is often assumed that accommodating people with disabilities is costly, complicated and time-consuming. However, in many situations, as with this video, the resources (the interpreters) were right there. The camera only had to be turned slightly to include both speaker and the interpreter to make the video more accessible without addition cost or effort.

That is what Accessibility 100 is all about – free and inexpensive ways to increase accessibility for people with disabilities. Accessibility 100 is launching soon! Stay tuned! Meanwhile, be sure to send in your submissions for the Logo Contest.

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