[nabs-l] The Carroll Center for the Blind

David Dodge daviddod at buffalo.edu
Sun Aug 14 19:43:24 UTC 2011


Chris,
I have visited the Louisiana Center before and know several people that have
gone there. Generally, they describe it as one of the most extraordinary
experiences.

When I visited the staff was very kind and full of information. They are
proud of what they do there.

David
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David Dodge
Doctoral Degree Granting Institutions Rep.
State University of New York Student Assembly
English Major
University at Buffalo
306 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
daviddod at buffalo.edu


On Sun, Aug 14, 2011 at 10:50 AM, chris nusbaum <dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> This is an interesting discussion, and one which I was planning to
> start in the near future. I agree with Peter's sentiments about
> attending an NFB training center (although I wouldn't recommend
> BISM... well, maybe they've changed as their leadership has changed,
> from Loretta White to Amy Phelps) and I'm planning to attend a center
> next summer. I'm trying to decide which I will go to, Minnesota,
> Louissianna, or Colorado. So, I'd like to know what all of you thought
> were the pros and cons of each program. What did you like about each
> program, and what did you not like about it? What are the differences
> in the programs, as they're all NFB training centers? I'll most likely
> be going to the middle or high school program, I don't know which. I'm
> going into 8th grade at the end of this month, so will be going into
> 9th next August. So, which center would you recommend? Thanks!
>
> Chris
>
> On 8/14/11, Peter Donahue <pdonahue2 at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> > Hello Justin and everyone,
> >
> >     For the reasons you point out below I wouldn't mess with the Carroll
> > Center under any circumstances. I'm originally from Massachusetts and saw
> > the same kind of results you mentioned from students who went there. What
> > can you expect from an agency whose founder viewed blindness as a
> "Dying."
> > If you want good blindness training go to an NFB center. Get what you
> need
> > once and it will last you a life time.
> >
> > Peter Donahue
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Salisbury, Justin Mark" <SALISBURYJ08 at students.ecu.edu>
> > To: <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> > Sent: Saturday, August 13, 2011 8:57 PM
> > Subject: [nabs-l] The Carroll Center for the Blind
> >
> >
> > I attended the Carroll Center for the Blind for two consecutive summers
> with
> > Justin Young, and I would like to give my personal take on it.
> >
> > Justin and I had this joke where we started the Justin Corporation, an
> > underground mafia meat market.  It was an amazing social experience with
> all
> > of the other students involved.  If only considering the social frontier,
> I
> > highly recommend it.
> >
> > I attended the Youth in Transition (YIT) program in 2006 and then the
> Real
> > World Work Experience (RWWE) in 2007.  I valued every bit of the
> experience
> > both years, but I want to first make clear a fundamental disagreement
> that I
> > now have with the training that I received.  I lost my vision in 2005, so
> I
> > was newly blinded when I went to the Carroll Center.  They taught me to
> use
> > my remaining vision as much as possible and taught me ways to use my
> > remaining vision.  I wish that they had taught me how to do everything
> > non-visually.  I wish that they had occluded (blindfolded) me during O&M
> > lessons and other lessons in general.  I learned a lot of great things,
> but
> > blindness skills should be about knowing how to do things non-visually.
>  I
> > am now planning to attend an NFB training center (Louisiana Center for
> the
> > Blind, Blind, Inc, or Colorado Center for the Blind), where I will learn
> all
> > of the skills I need non-visually.  Also understand that I have a stable
> > visual field and acuity.
> >
> > I am much better off having gone to the Carroll Center than I was before
> I
> > went there, but it wasn't the best possible program that I could have
> > chosen.
> >
> > In the Youth in Transition program, they worked with us on our confidence
> > and social skills.  They taught us some basic cooking skills, how to do
> > laundry, a lot of O&M, housekeeping skills, how to use low vision
> devices,
> > and they had a class called "personal management," where they taught us
> > about shaving, tying a tie, sewing a button, and things like that.  If we
> > already knew how to do something, they would watch us do it and suggest
> > modifications in technique if necessary.  They also had a class called
> > adaptive technology, where they introduced me to ZoomText and other
> students
> > with less vision than me to Jaws.  We had a lot of great group activities
> > and social opportunities that I will remember for a long time.  We also
> saw
> > a counselor while we were there on a weekly basis to make sure that we
> were
> > adjusting well to the environment.  Another activity, called "people
> talk,"
> > was a time that we all gathered to talk about certain issues that often
> led
> > to self-awareness and confidence building.
> >
> > In the Real World Work Experience program, we were evaluated on our
> skills
> > for a week and prepared for a month of work.  Once we started work, we
> > worked for three days per week in volunteer positions, and we were paid
> by
> > the Carroll Center.  The other two days were used for field trips and
> > training days.  Again, it was an amazing experience.  Different students
> > were placed in different positions in the Boston area.  We were
> responsible
> > for using public transportation to get to and from our work sites.  We
> had
> > two job coaches in charge of about 10 or 12 students in the program, so
> they
> > weren't with us all the time.  They were sighted people who watched us at
> a
> > distance while we were in the environment.
> >
> > At the beginning of the RWWE program, I met a few adults who were at the
> end
> > of their adult program, which runs during the regular school year.  They
> > spoke well of their program, but they told me that there wasn't an
> > aggressive Braille standard that they had to meet in their program.  They
> > studied it a little bit, but they didn't become what an NFB training
> center
> > would push them to become.  Also, students at the Carroll Center live in
> a
> > dorm and eat at a dining hall, which gives them a comfortable crutch, but
> it
> > does not push them to really be independent.  When you walk into the
> dining
> > hall, you are expected to put your cane in a docking station and navigate
> > the dining hall without it by walking in either a clockwise or
> > counter-clockwise direction.
> >
> > The Carroll Center is a good training center with good people in it, but
> it
> > is not the very best option available.
> >
> > I'd be happy to answer specific questions on- or off-list.
> >
> > Justin
> >
> >
> >
> > Justin M. Salisbury
> > Undergraduate Student
> > The University Honors Program
> > East Carolina University
> > salisburyj08 at students.ecu.edu
> >
> > “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can
> change
> > the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”    —MARGARET MEAD
> >
> >
> >
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