[Pibe-division] You can be Pitiful or Powerful, but NOT Both

Dr. Denise M. Robinson dmehlenbacher at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 17 19:25:52 CDT 2011

Yes Bryan
There are many scenarios off this. What I do know is persistence finds its way. A challenge is the mother of invention. When one way does not work, you have to think outside the box and find another.

I have changed direction and gone another route intentionally. I do not want to work for or with people who are keeping the status quo and cannot think outside the box of endeavoring to help everyone who wants to rise up, to rise up.

If what is not working or that employer cannot see the gifts that walk in the door, why would you want to work there? We have a long way to go....I just want to be on the road going there.

Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D. 
CEO, TechVision
Specialist in blind technology/teaching/training
email:  yourtechvision at gmail.com
Website with hundreds of lessons: yourtechvision.com 


>From: Bryan Schulz <b.schulz at sbcglobal.net>
>To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List <pibe-division at nfbnet.org>
>Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 8:18 AM
>Subject: Re: [Pibe-division] You can be Pitiful or Powerful, but NOT Both
>What about the first case, the person does well in 
college or trade school, hits many job fairs, etc. and can't 
become employed in their area, wants to be employed, decides to run their 
own business providing computer training for state agency clients then isn't 
truely employed when the rehab offices practice favoritism and another vendor 
receives 80% of all referrals?
>Bryan Schulz
>----- Original Message ----- 
>>From: Dr.  Denise M. Robinson 
>>To: Professionals in Blindness Education  Division List ; 2010-teacher-of-tomorrow at nfbnet.org 
>>Sent: Monday, October 17, 2011 3:13  AM
>>Subject: [Pibe-division] You can be  Pitiful or Powerful, but NOT Both
>>You  can be Pitiful or Powerful, but NOT Both 
>>I have the students who take on everything I  have to teach them and rise to the top of their class, eventually with no  accommodations at all. Completely supported by parents who fight for this  independence also and let their child know they can reach this goal. The  children have learned how to read their Braille work, so their fingers fly  across the page, then they quickly turn to the computer and output the answer.  When the teacher says it is time to hand in the work, they open their email,  attach the lesson and send it off before all the other work is collected in  the class from the sighted students. The teacher grades the work, using TRACK CHANGES to mark the paper. The teacher emails  the lesson back with grade and remarks and the student can easily read it with  her JAWS commands. , all independently. All these  children, are powerful and everyone looks up to them. One particular child  even scores the highest on state tests in the spring
 time and she is only in  the 6th grade. Greater things follow and people seek her out to be her friend  and she becomes middle school president of the ASB and later successfully  enters the college of her choice.
>>I also have other students, who are 
  backed or rather fronted by parents who seek unlimited time for their child to 
  finish work and they do poorly in class because their lessons have been cut in 
  half or less, so they are not learning the same amount of content as their 
  peers. This child has the same abilities as the fore mentioned child but 
  because of the limited work and due to an unlimited amount of accommodations 
  insisted by parents, they child cannot rise to their potential. Children like 
  this are frustrated by their poor grades and it hurts their self esteem and 
  they either act out or go into depression or just mediocre silence and apathy. 
  They feel sorry for themselves and believe the school needs to do more for 
  them. The parents believe this also. The more the school does, the less the 
  child does and the less they learn other than they have become pitied and 
  pitiful. They do not have friends. They stay home every weekend and do not 
  even have the skills to go to camps in the summer. They graduate school and 
  cannot get into college or find a college to finally go to after many 
  rejections. They go and within the first month cannot do school and drop out. 
  Some call later to ask what to do, others stay with their parents. Some insist 
  that their rehab counselor find them a job and the pity from others and 
  themselves grow.
>>This is not a blind thing or a sighted thing, this is 
  a human thing. I have seen it in every age, ability, creed and color. You have 
  the people who believe the world owes them something and you have the people 
  who actively put out the energy to make the world a better place. I go back to 
  what Kennedy said decades ago "Ask not what your country can do for you--- ask 
  what can you do for your country." So what are you doing? Are you taking or 
  are you adding?
>>You can be pitiful or powerful, but you cannot be both. 
  Life is choices. What choice will you make?
>>       Denise 
>>Denise M. Robinson, TVI, Ph.D. 
>>CEO, TechVision
>>Specialist in blind technology/teaching/training
>>email:  yourtechvision at gmail.com
>>Website with hundreds of 
  lessons: yourtechvision.com 
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