[nobe-l] City Year

J Acheson listsetal at aol.com
Fri Nov 18 11:09:39 UTC 2016

My son did it. It was a wonderful experience. i hope that you do not live in Florida. He took a year off from college and the Florida Division of Blind Services dropped him as a client because they considered the program to make someone out of compliance. This is positively ridiculous. The program offers a tremendous mount of general career and professional training. To the participants through a series of workshops and activities. These are generally done before you begin the program and on planning days during the program. They oftentimes do telephone interviews during the intake. They had no idea that my son was blind. I suggested to him that he tell them at the end of the interview. Initially he was told that he was on a waiting list. However, they immediately called him back, ask what accommodations he would need, and he was hired into the program. My son had already earned his AA and an AS. At the time he took the year off from college, he was working on his bachelors degree, which after his year with city year, he returned to the university and completed.

I like very much the fact that he was not pampered in anyway. He was expected to initiate his own accommodations. 

I do think the division of blind services in Florida is in great peril why not considering the city year program to be an asset in the transition process. It was also quite unfortunate that the division of blind services did not tell him prior to his acceptance into the program that they considered it to make him out of compliance. However, I think that would have not deterred him from participating. It was a great work experience. 

I will send him your contact information. 

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> On Nov 17, 2016, at 5:14 PM, Miso Kwak via NOBE-L <nobe-l at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I am writing to ask if anyone on the list has done City Year or
> similar program (but not Teach for America) as a blind or visually
> impaired person.
> If you have experience or know anyone who may be able to talk to me
> about their experience, please let me know.
> Thank you,
> Miso Kwak
> -- 
> Mi So Kwak
> University of California, Los Angeles | 2017
> Psychology B.A. | Education Studies Minor | Disability Studies Minor
> (909) 660-1897
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