[nabs-l] rehab counselors and expectations

Joshua Lester jlester8462 at students.pccua.edu
Sun Mar 13 04:02:16 UTC 2011


To answer the question, I think the lyrics to the Blind Inc song are,
"You better fight, for the right!" There's a verse about going to an
NFB center, and the rehab counselor telling the students, "no." If
there's anyone who is a part of Blind Inc, please give us the lyrics
to the song. I couldn't understand all of it at the karaoke. Thanks,
Joshua

On 3/12/11, Jedi <loneblindjedi at samobile.net> wrote:
> The NFB was NEVER anti-rehab counselors. But we are anti-low
> expectations. There is a huge difference.
>
> Respectfully,
> Jedi
>
> Original message:
>> 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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