[nfbmi-talk] we are not the enemy
christywitte at sbcglobal.net
christywitte at sbcglobal.net
Wed Apr 13 11:33:03 UTC 2011
I know of a lot of blind people in my generation who don't understand what
This is a result of the faulty school systems who coddle blind people and do
not provide work experiences. I know, I worked in one and I went to one. It
is also the result of the programs of the philosophy of a lot of the rehab
teaching and counseling programs as well as teachers of blind children. I
think the job market would go much better if the commission counselors were
partially paid on commission.
I say this "with malice toward none and charity for all." No pun intended. I
know a lot of hard working counselors and teachers.
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Subject: [nfbmi-talk] we are not the enemy
We Are Not the Enemy
April 13, 2011
Yesterday I was in on the Service Delivery and Design meeting of the
Michigan Commission for the Blind via teleconference. Among other
interesting items, of which there were many Leemon Jones brought up the
difficulties with getting employment closures in this tough job market.
There were several counselors who variously blamed this or that, some with
merit and some not. But, Beth White who is a central Regional Supervisor
pointed to the real problem. For she basically blamed blind customers. Yea,
the comment is sarcastic. She basically said that people don’t want to work
or a large amount don’t and only want MCB to get the person this or that. A
few counselors sensing blood in the water like sharks started to pile on
too. This goes to the anti-consumer mind set so prevalent in MCB.
Of course, I chimed in and re-directed the conversation. But, I should have
said I know several blind people who are qualified to work and who wish to
work. They are:
- Hazell Brooks
And the countless others who have been employed either directly in the
agency or through the agency in BEP, but who have been thrown under the bus.
Now, we know of these folks within MCB itself. How, can we not see the gross
incompetence and the petty and out of control anti-blind mind set that makes
MCB a “closure” joke outside of the organization?
Oh, and where will the likes of Beth White be if all those dastardly blind
folks, who are such nuisances went away?> Oh, my I hate the mind set of the
custodians who think that these Vocational Rehabilitation programs are for
their employment only.
I did bring up though that BEP is the state’s largest single employer of
blind folks and we’ve had a lot of garbage in that program alone.
Anyway what is wrong with the picture of a blind VR program who is supposed
to help blind folks garner meaningful employment and who, in documented
fashion so abuses and by hook and crook fires so many qualified blind folks
in documented fashion?
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