[nagdu] O&M skills
carcione at access.net
Fri Jan 31 18:18:53 UTC 2014
Julie J, these sound like excellent ideas. How does one get hooked up with
volunteers, if one isn't part of a church or such?
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From: "Julie J" <julielj at neb.rr.com>
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Subject: Re: [nagdu] O&M skills
> You have to be a client of a VR agency because it is vocational
> rehabilitation funds that pay for those services. The VR agencies are
> federally mandated to provide services that will lead to employment.
> There are limited funds and services for non VR clients, commonly called
> Independent Living or perhaps Older Blind services. I doubt that you
> could get much O amd M training through these non VR services though.
> They are pretty limited and O and M is pretty involved.
> If you are willing to privately pay for O and M training, then there might
> be options. I know of one lady who is certified NOMC and I don't think
> she's found a job yet. I bet if you were willing to pay her expenses plus
> a fee for her seervice, she could come and work with you.
> If you just need specific information about your environment, what about
> finding a volunteer? I work in Crimminal Justice and all of my clients
> need to do community service. None of them are dangerous. Lots of
> college and high school students need to do volunteer work for classes.
> Quite a few church youth groups/confirmation classes also do community
> service. There are others, but these are some resources that aren't often
> discussed. Anyhow, the volunteer could walk with you, answering questions
> and giving you visual information. It's not O and M training, but what
> I'm hearing a lot of people say is that they aren'tt as familiar with
> their environment as they'd like to be. To me that's different from
> learning O and M. In the case where the person isn't able to walk long
> distances, the volunteer could go out and scccope out routes while talking
> through the details over the phone. Then the blind person could ask
> specific questions to determine if it's a route they wan
> t to invest the time to learn.
> Sent from my iPad
>> On Jan 31, 2014, at 11:24 AM, "Star Gazer" <pickrellrebecca at gmail.com>
>> So am I. This seems like it could and should be like any other service.
>> isn't it?
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: nagdu [mailto:nagdu-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of melissa R
>> Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 11:00 AM
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>> Subject: Re: [nagdu] O&M skills
>> I wonder if there is a way to get around being a client of rehab just to
>> services like O&M.
>> there just has to be a way.
>> I have a really good instructor who also worked at a guide dog school.
>> Not all people are working or going to school.
>> they just want to live their life.
>> Might have to ask my instructor.
>> I am curious now.
>> best wishes,
>> Melissa R Green
>> "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole
>> staircase." -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Tracy Carcione" <carcione at access.net>
>> To: "NAGDU Mailing List,the National Association of Guide Dog Users"
>> <nagdu at nfbnet.org>
>> Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2014 1:17 PM
>> Subject: Re: [nagdu] O&M skills
>> Hi Julie M.
>> I agree wholeheartedly. Being afraid to go out is very sad. It also
>> disgusts me to hear of people who want to get training but can't find
>> to provide it. It ought to be a basic thing provided by any state agency
>> for the blind, to help any blind person who asks for it get timely
>> in O&M. Is there anything we can do about this? And I don't mean just
>> telling everyone to take several months out of their lives to attend an
>> center. That's useful, but not always practical, IMO.
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