[nabs-l] rehab counselors and expectations

bookwormahb at earthlink.net bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Sun Mar 6 04:43:32 UTC 2011


Hi,
Oh what is the blind inc song?  I've heard other rehab songs.
I think they didn't pay for the university of your choice was because it was 
a private religious school; sponsoring religious institutions crosses the 
lines of church and state.
Still there are other ways of paying for school like loans and scholarships 
if you really want to go to such a school.

Glad you have a better counselor now.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Joshua Lester
Sent: Saturday, March 05, 2011 10:28 PM
To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list
Subject: Re: [nabs-l] rehab counselors and expectations

The NFB has been rather anti-rehab counselors, from the beginning.
After all, The Blind Inc song tells about how the rehab counselors'
expectations are much too low. Mine wasn't supportive at all. She
wouldn't let me go to ORU, (Oral Roberts University,) because the
state wouldn't pay for it. I wanted to be in the ministry, but my
major would have been music. Now, why wouldn't the state pay for it,
being that I was planning on going for a music major? I don't know.
All I can say is that I'm glad she's out of there, and I have someone
that cares about me, and my wishes. Blessings, Joshua

On 3/5/11, bookwormahb at earthlink.net <bookwormahb at earthlink.net> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Has your vocational rehab, vr, counselor been supportive of your goals?
> I don’t feel mine is.  First I wanted to go into education, but for 
> several
> reasons got discouraged and decided against it for now; maybe in the 
> future
> I can go to grad school for a masters in education with emphasis on 
> teaching
> blind/visually impaired students.  But for now, I want a job in
> communications, development, something human services, or clerical 
> support.
> I’m pretty open.  I got several federal internships through the intern
> program WRP, but don’t want to work in the government.  I just feel I won’t
> get much work in my job and will not be able to do outreach to the 
> community
> there.
>
> My vr counselor discouraged education or childcare.  Now I feel she is
> encouraging me and all clients for that matter, to go into the public
> sector!
> Another comment that bothered me was to look for jobs near my home, rather
> than in the more urban city area where I was looking.  Gee, why limit
> yourself!  Why not get a job near transportation as long as your commute 
> is
> reasonable!  Why limit myself to one location?
>
> I feel as if counselors don’t have the highest expectations for clients.
> Fortunately, I know successful blind people working in many areas; I know 
> we
> should be defined by our other strength and abilities and interests, not
> blindness.
>
> Okay just had to vent some.
> Ashley
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