Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Letter to Santa 2015

Filed under: General — by Glenda at 11:54 pm on Thursday, December 24, 2015

Three candles burning in the windowDear Santa,

Gifts are wrapped. Christmas dinner for two, hopefully three, is planned. Stockings are hung. All that is left to do before I crawl into bed for a not-long-enough winter’s nap is to write to you.

Except for a few bumps along the road, I have had a relatively good year. I am feeling blessed and content. There is nothing specific I would like to ask for.

The one gift that I would like to ask for is that my family and friends, near and far, receive the one thing that they truly need at this point in their life’s journey.

Wishing you and the reindeer a safe trip. Merry Christmas!

With love from, 
Glenda

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Letter to Santa 2014

Filed under: General — by Glenda at 11:56 pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Three candles burning in the windowDear Santa,

When I look around, my heart breaks because so many people – near and far – are hurting and in pain. Not only physical pain and un-wellness, but also emotionally, relationally, and even spiritually. Some folks don’t realize they are hurting.

Santa, my one wish for Christmas this year is health, strength and happiness for those who are hurting.

Let 2015 be filled with well-being, health and happiness. Thank you.

Wishing you and the reindeer a safe trip.

Merry Christmas!

With love from, 
Glenda

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Communication Access: The Last Frontier in Accessibility

Filed under: General, Work — by Glenda at 2:09 pm on Friday, May 2, 2014

Communication Access symbol symbol contains two faces, one talking, both watching and a two-way arrow indicating an exchange or interaction

One morning, many moons ago…back in high school, while I was wheeling past the school office on my way to class, the boys’ guidance counsellor happened to be in the hallway and asked, “Glenda, would you rather be able to walk or to talk?”

Some people might find that question insensitive or even offensive. I found it sincere and genuinely interested.

I am puzzled by society’s obsession with the ability to walk. That not being able to move about upright on one’s own two feet makes you less of a person, less worthy or valuable. And it is something that needs fixing or curing.

But the inability to clearly communicate verbally is far more disabling. For some reason, which I still do not understand, the majority of society links the ability to speak with the ability to hear and to understand. When encountering someone who has troubles speaking or who they assume do not understand, they automatically begin talking louder and slower, and even use hand gestures as if an impromptu game of Charades had broken out.

Not being able to speak clearly causes much frustration, misunderstanding and isolation. It means the daily interactions people have with others without even thinking about it becomes an ordeal. Little things like making a hair appointment, ordering an iced mocha latte with skim milk, or talking with one’s doctor in private becomes an ordeal, if not impossible. It also means missed opportunities when it comes to socializing, making friends, and finding jobs. This negatively impacts one’s self-esteem and self-confidence, leading to further social isolation.

To the counsellor’s question, I immediately uttered “talk” and continued, unfazed, on my way to class.

Nearly thirty-five years later, the last frontier in accessibility is finally being addressed: communication access.

Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) has launched a 2.5-year national project Communication Access Now (CAN) to promote communication accessibility for people who have speech and language disabilities.

If that isn’t fantastic enough, I am excited to share that I am now the Social Media Coordinator for this national awareness campaign; a project very dear to my heart for obvious reasons. I am now tweeting and facebooking (that is a word, right?) on behalf of Communication Access Now. I get to help get the message out, using communication tools I love! How perfect.

How can you become involved?

Check out the education and resources about making goods and services accessible to people with communication disabilities. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Please join us in this awareness campaign. Together, we can conquer this final frontier in accessibility.

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Letter to Santa 2013

Filed under: General — by Glenda at 9:27 pm on Monday, December 23, 2013

Three candles burning in the windowDear Santa,

2013 has been a tough year for myself and several of my friends: many of us experienced heartbreaking losses, others dealt with health issues, while other friends faced disappointment and trying circumstances.

I would like to ask that my friends, near and far, receive healing and happiness.

Let 2014 be filled with hope, health and happiness. Thank you.

Wishing you and the reindeer a safe trip. Merry Christmas!

With love from, 
Glenda

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Celebrating the Sights of Summer

Filed under: General — by Glenda at 5:44 pm on Friday, June 21, 2013

Last Sunday, which felt more like summer than today does, Darrell and I went on a photo wheel around local Holland Park. We are fortunate to have such a nice park only five blocks from home.

I’d like to share these sights with you. (Click on each image to enlarge.)

Bed of pink roses

Close up of four pink roses

A single yellow rose with a tinge of peach

Various shrubs in a variety of colours

Spikey purple flowers

Darrell in his wheelchair and using his monopod to take photos

A close up of tall grasses with soft fuzzies on the tips

Wishing you a happy and safe summer! Get out and enjoy it while it lasts.

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