Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) Shares The Powerful Message of Donna Jodhan in Observance of the 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Video With Music and Sound. 1:23.)
Original Release: 12/5/2017
The Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) shared the powerful message of Donna Jodhan in observance of the 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities this year with this short video, compiled from a series of interviews taken with Donna at the 2017 Canadian Human Rights Symposium back in September of 2017.
Needless to say, we are very proud of it. And so very thankful to the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) at: http://www.chrc-ccdp.gc.ca/ for producing it.
And finally, we are so very proud of Donna, for all that she has done, does, and still plans to do to ensure both equal access and accessibility for all persons with disabilities.
Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) Shares The Powerful Message of Donna Jodhan in Observance of the 2017 International Day of Persons with Disabilities
(Video With Music and Sound. 1:23.) https://youtu.be/0sNd0YkmgEM
Beautiful piano plays in the background. The video opens with an abstract image of a person’s face that fades from black to white and then into full colour. The next frame is of Donna Jodhan speaking to the camera. When she says, “I still dream in colour,” the video shows a colourful kaleidoscope, then transitions to an image of Christmas lights, and then to an image of skates on ice. The remainder of the video shows Donna Jodhan speaking to the camera, while the music plays on in the background.
Video Dialogue Transcription:
I miss colour the most
and I miss being able
to see the faces of my family
I was born with little or no vision
I got a whole whack
of it when I was a teenager
and then I lost it 13 years ago
I still dream where I can see colours
So I sit there and I remember
all kinds of things
- like the Christmas lights,
going ice skating.
Don't think, "Oh she's blind or vision impaired and she can't see,"
just think of me as another human being.
There are so many artificial
barriers that are out there.
Employers feel it's too costly
to hire us, or it's not safe to hire us,
or that it costs more money
to have websites accessible,
or that it costs more money to have
documents produced electronically.
It is our right to have or be treated equally.
I may not be able to see,
but you know what folks?
I can talk, I can hear, and I can think.
That's the most timportant thing:
I can think for myself.