Lady Lynda reflects to herself how there was a personal stake in
her passion for finding solutions for deaf people in the work
place. She firmly reminded herself that she was born with the
leading genetic cause of deafness. That hearing test at a local
hospital ENT department determined she was partially deaf in her
“For me helping deaf workers is personal.”
The woman thought of some methods of help hearing impaired workers
in the workplace. Some of the ideas she came up with was closed
captioning including real time closed captioning, text
commmunicating, text phones, teaching non deaf employees sign
language. Writing memos as much as possible.
Next Lady Lynda delves into how best to implement the different
methods of helping workers with hearing impairment. The woman went
over each technology one by one. She began by starting with close
captioning, Mrs Toze thought of how on a possibly daily basis how
close captioning can help deaf employee, The first example she
thought of were training videos. How if everyone can understand
what the training or any company related video , for that matter,
it would be an even playing field. Each employee could now be
capable of understanding the training video.
Next Lady Lynda pictured a meeting where a close captioned video
was shown,.Lady Lynda envisioned the example of a video on close
captioning She winced as she thought of the irony of deaf workers
being unable to follow the video. She thought too that the wording
would need to be large enough and clearly written There would need
to enough contrast between the color of the words and the
Next she pondered the importance of sign language interpreters
She reminded herself not every person with deafness reads lips.
Sign language the woman reflected as essential for communication
between hearing impaired and non hearing impaired employees. There
should be no barriers to communication. Workers with hearing
problems should participate as much as possible as equally
participating employees in the workplace,
Finally she thought of the importance of text communicating
Lady Lynda busily, loviomgly vaccuumed the throw rug on
Seymour’s side of the queen sized bed. She thought to herself the
best way to please her mate was to make certain his belongings were
well cared for. Even if they seemed quirky to her. It was not for
her to criticize. It was her to make her spouse truly happy. Even
if it seemed strange to her that he kept his teddy bear from
childhood. Well at least he doesn’t sleep it she reminded herself.
It lays on top of the drawers forever in repose. Besides nobody
would want it Its not old enough to be an antique. Its quite
decrepit with a tear in the ahem shall I say crochet to put it
politely. Its only value is sentimental. Seymour Toze is so wistful
for his childhood. I think I’ll go over there to see Teddy and
think of my sweet husband.
Seymour’s wife goes over to the drawer. “Oh no Teddy is
missing!!!” Lady Lynda felt an emotional avalanche come over her.
“Seymour would be so crestfallen if I can’t find his beloved
animal. That bear is more than a play thing to him. It means so
much. My hubby still forlornly remembers when he was in
kindergarten his parents thought he was too close to the stuffed
toy So they took him away from little Seymour. Oh Perhaps it was
the fact he took the toy everywhere. He even insisted when they
went out to eat Teddy go with them. He even required Teddy sit at
the table on his own chair. I can still visualize what he did next.
He called Coatesevile PA information and asked for the bears phone
number. He inquired what’s teddy’s phone number? The operator
replied “I need his last name” Toze responded with a quiv4ring high
pitched little boy voice. “His last name is Bear”
s beloved childhood favorite was gone.
“That toy means so much to him. I must find it.” With that
determination Lady Lynda searched their entire home. She lifted up
the cushions of the sofa to see if somehow it wedged itself between
t hem. Seymmour’s wife looked to see if there tell tale bumps in
the carpeting. Lady Lynda searched everywhere in the home. She
wiped her weary, sweaty brow as she became increasingly frustrated.
It was as the bear walked off on its own two little plush legs.
Seymour was coming home in less than an hour. Oh how upset he’ll
be. If only I find Teddy the woman wailed.
“I searched every nook and cranny of our entire home” Lady Lynda
wailed. Where oh where can Seymour’s Teddy be. I need to find the
darling keepsake. Seymour’s coming home quite soon. He’ll be o so
upset his childhood plaything isn’t here.” “It’s like it was here a
couple hours ago and now its gone. How could that be” Seymour’s
wife bemoaned. “To most people its beat up old toy. To my husband
its the epitomy of cherished childhood memories.
Just then Lady Lynda heard the front door open. Her body
immediately grew tense when she realize Seymour was home. What was
she to do the woman desperately thought? Seymour’s wife heard his
footsteps getting louder as Seymour came closer to the master
bedroom. She needed to think something fast to explain why his
beloved teddy bear was missing. Unfortunately the now unbearably
close proximity made coming up with a solution as difficult as
finding someone liking cod liver oil. Lady Lynda feeling completely
overwhelmed, froze in her tracks. She was so tense she didn’t hear
her husband walk into the room. He immediately gasped with concern.
“What’s the matter honey?” “I said what is the matter” I’m quite
concerned” His wife slowly turned toward him. With tears in her eye
in a hesitant voice she told her mate “I am so….so sorry Seymour. I
don’t know what happened. I hope I can make it up to you. Teddy is
no more” Seymour was taken aback. “No no my darling sweet honey.
He’s with me. I took him to get a cleaning.” Lady Lynda didn’t know
to sigh a relief or bop him with his teddy bear.
It feels so cozy to be cozying next to each other by the warmth of
the fireplace in our little den. Seymour told his paramour and wife
Lady Lynda. “Yes the crackling fire with its rich warm hues gives
off such sparkling delight. Esepecially when we slowly sip our jugs
pf Snickerdoodle tea. replied Mrs Toze. “It makes me want to make
you even more proud of me”. Seymour Toze slowly, warmly embraced
his mate. “How could I ever hold more pride? That talk you did on
accommodations for seriously visually impaired workers was so
thorough, informative and dare I say brilliant”. His partner
blushed. With her face as red as a cooked lobster, Lady Lynda
humbly thanked her husband.
“I started off with saying I wasn’t referring to people who were
merely nearsighted, medical term myopic where the right
prescription glasses was the only thing they needed. I meant
employees who were at the very least legally blind who needed much
more help in getting the bulk of their responsibilities
“its really impressive how blind people can be helped so much in
doing their work” exclaimed Seymour.
“Yes it is quite. But let’s move on. There’s much more to tell.”
replied Seymour’s wife” “I’m eager to learn more” Her husband
Next I’ll tell you about how to accommodate workers who were
either hard of hearing or deaf. This disability you mentioned was
much easier to deal with then the visually impaired since those
withearing\impairments can wear hearing aids.
Lady Lynda smiles proudly as she blithely continues discussing
innovative technology for low vision employees.
One such neat device is the eye controlled TD pilot mentioned Lady
Lynda. The device is geared toward people with limited mobility. It
is operated by a worker’s eye movements There’s a different way of
assisting employees with intermediate low vision. That is make
certain the print is large enough and the background contrasts well
enough with the text and illustrations if any. Some prefer a dark
background and some like a light background. Generally speaking one
shouldn’t generalize. Each way of doing things should be geared to
the individual. It depends on how much the person can see . For the
completely sightless there is voice control, listening devices. For
those with some vision there are ways for them to see by enlarging
texts, contrasting backgrounds as I mentioned earlier. For those
who use them a service dog for the blind is permitted in the work
space. As long as its well behaved and the other workers don’t feel
its a nuisance. The staff member utilizing the canine must show
proof the animal is part of a disability service. There are dogs
for other handicapped staffers but that’s another talk.
Lady Lynda Mae Hoffenfetter Toze Seymourbrings home their
brick red boston terrier Buster. The couple beams with
delight there is a canine addition to their household. To
them the dog is perfect just the way he is. T I
don’t give a flying fig he’d not black and white or sable and white
snarls Seymour He looks so handsome to me.I like
just as he is. Toze happily gushes.
“He looks so darling to me too” commented his wife Lady Lynda
The couple relishes that Buster is a year old
and house trained. That “Being so compact twenty
pounds and fifteen inches he won’t need much exercise .
Plus his short furmerely needs a brushing with al dog brush
that can bepurchase in a pet supply store. Yes I
believe we made the right choice.Lady Lynda gushed. Seymour
The dog shyly comes out of his crate and immediately
surveys his immediate surroundings. He seems
bewildered. . The two fret about making a
mistake. Then Seymour urged his wife”Don’t give up too
easily. We just need to show him the layout of our domicile.
So he can used used to his home. Lady Lynda smiled at
Seymour’s suggestions. “Let’s go” Lady Lynda exclaimed.
“Let’s start with the foyer.. Then will work out way to
the living room, dining room,bedroom,. the kitchen,
guestroom, den, rec. room, basement” rattled
He needs to know that he feels comfortable, secure here..
We are responsible for his safety his well being. Yes
indeed. we must be fair to him. He is totally dependent on
us. He is here to stay. . They insist ot not shirking their
responsibilitities And with vet visits for periodic checkups for
making certain his shots are up to date that could be for a very
long time. Lady Lynda and Seymour Toze delight in their
“We must make absolutely certain he learns the basic commands
asap. I wouldn’t be surprised bein he’s a year old he
knows some basic commands. The next day we will test to see
if he knows the following commands. Come, stay, fetch.
If he know to walk with us not definitely not ahead of us.
That we are his alpha dogs. That he realizes he can’t jump on
people, especially our guests. It is of utmost necessity for
us , our guests and Buster he learns his manners. Well Lady
Lynda your first non human client in the teaching of proper
etiquette. I bet you’d be quite good at this since you are
expert on these manners . “But he’s a dog.” retorted Lady
Lady. He’s not a human. How can he learn as such.
How on earth can I teach him as if he were a little child. H needs
to be taught as a canine. I need to brush on the
training part of our dog books.I’m certain if I do that there
shouldn’t be much of a problem training him. I do recall
Boston Terriers pick up new information quite quickly. For
dogs they are very intelligent. I mean that they can easily
learn new information. He is not a small human
he is an animal of the canis major family “Your right my dear
sweet practical Lady Lynda But for now let him get a good night
sleep as much as he caninely possibly can. I suspect he right
now needs his sleep. Tomorrow as Scarlet O’Hara
said Margeret Mitchell epic civil war novel “Tomorrow is
another day” With that in mind why don’t we call
it a day and go our bedroom, get cozy and get some much
needed shuteye. The dog can sleep in his crate We
were told he is crate trained. With that comforting thought
in mind the couple are set t oget their much needed
sleep. For they are utterly exhausted and filled with joyful
excitement, anticipation of owning a pet.
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:ady Lynda sat there glumly on her paisley upholstered sofa
contemplating what precisely came in effect because of her
etiquette teachings to the students. How edifying was her
teachings? Yes it was true there was a soiree but what happened
next? Yes what did happen? Did her as they say on that new fangled
net , her BFF Auntie Carol. Did she know?
There was this Lourdes, aka Lala and her gentleman friend
Francisco. She of the Charm School for Wayward Girls. He of The
Pequot Reform School for Dastardly Bastards. That ruffian was no
gentleman when she first met him. Lady Lynda reminisced. She
thought of the Latino Francisco, olive skin, and ebony eyes. His
face was a stark contrast in disconcerting dissonance. His lady
friend Lala was olive, statuesque, voluptious. Lourdes was an apt
name for her for Lord knows how she’d turn out. Auntie Carol’s
colleague remembered her experiences with the wayward girls and the
dastardly bastards, las Combronas. She recalled most specifically
the remarkably handsome Francisco and Lala. Her successes in
inculcating in proper deportment. She made them former neer do
wells. That was her shining hour and her crowning glory. Now her
spirits brightened and knew what to tell her potential agent.
The woman was still nervous as she dialed the phone. This time she
was feeling somewhat more confident.