[audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible

  • From: Thomas McMahan <thomas.mcmahan@xxxxxxx>
  • To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 22:59:27 -0500

Just don’t throw them across their house *lol*.  

Well not when they are watching anyway.  

On Aug 13, 2014, at 8:54 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> My dad and mom just started using smart phones about a month ago. I 
> originally wished they had started with an iPhone, but they chose an Android, 
> the Samsung S4 Mini. I now am kind of glad they got the Android as it gives 
> me an opportunity to play around with their phone when I am not getting 
> aggravated at it *LOL*   
>  
> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Thomas McMahan
> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:20 PM
> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible
>  
> You wouldn’t be the first sighted person that I’ve heard say that.  
>  
> On Aug 13, 2014, at 7:31 PM, BethAnn LaPresta (Redacted sender 
> "bela28_02@xxxxxxxxx" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> 
> I'm sighted and I find Android products to be a little difficult...LOL
>  
> 
> On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 4:56 PM, Thomas McMahan 
> <thomas.mcmahan@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>  
> 
> Did Bethy just throw one of her sons under the triple decker bus?
> Well maybe she’s excused on this one since hates Apple products.  One thing 
> nice about Apple products, they work out of the box for us.  Can’t say the 
> same for most Androyd products.  
> On Aug 13, 2014, at 2:50 PM, BethAnn LaPresta (Redacted sender 
> "bela28_02@xxxxxxxxx" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 
> 
> I don't hate Apple products, my son is an avid Samsung Galaxy guy and he 
> hates Apple products.  If the iPhone products help those with vision 
> challenges have an easier time of things---I'm all for it.
>  
> 
> On Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:05 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  
> 
> Well… is there going to be a fight *LOL*? I bet I know what it is over. 
> Bethann hates Apple products and now Heaver has went out and bought an Apple 
> product *LOL*.
>  
> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Thomas McMahan
> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:52 PM
> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible
>  
> Since she used your middle name Heather, is that a sign that she is wanting 
> to visit you in Ohio because you’re in trouble with her again?
>  
> On Aug 12, 2014, at 7:20 PM, Heather H <copperlee73@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  
> 
> Um, excuse me BethAnn, there was no call for my middle name.  How rude!  Hi 
> Josh and Tom!  
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Aug 12, 2014, at 6:22 PM, "BethAnn LaPresta" <dmarc-noreply@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> (Redacted sender "bela28_02@xxxxxxxxx" for DMARC) wrote:
> I didn't realize you were offering a good sized weekend getaway at your 
> expense...I would really love a vacation right about now.  How about a trip 
> to Ohio to visit Heather Lynn?
>  
> In all seriousness, you and I seem to attract knobheads there Joshie.  You 
> with your schooling, me with doctors.  Oy!
>  
> On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 2:45 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  
> Well, it looked a little fishy or at least sounded a little fishy when Amanda 
> was reading it. Sounded like he had budgeted for me to get it, but was not 
> going to be dispersing it to me unless I needed it. Well, you know what 
> happens to that kind of money a lot of times. Someone would be havinga good 
> size weekened get away at my expense.
>  
> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Thomas McMahan
> Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:15 PM
> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [audio-pals] Re: FW: VR Counselor is Horrible
>  
> Makes you wonder what all they are doing with the money budgeted to them 
> doesn’t it?  I know in most States the budget allotment for rehab is on the 
> bottom, but it’s still pretty sizable, and at most it is frozen, not actually 
> cut.  They are more likely to cut services.  
>  
> The biggest thing you’ve got on them is if you take it outside the agency.  
> They will listen to you then because they don’t want it outside.  It’s been 
> that way my whole life, and I’ve been around for a little while.  
>  
> I think you can work out the rest for when it’s necessary.  
>  
> On Aug 12, 2014, at 3:50 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  
> The VR counselor sent me an e-mail this morning including his supervisor and 
> he attempted to clarify what he didn’t say yesterday, but says I must have 
> misunderstood because he was including funding to cover my textbooks. 
> However, he didn’t touch the fact that they cover rent and dorm room expenses 
> for students as well as meal money. He only went on to say that if for some 
> reason the money does not come in, in a timely manner then they would 
> definitely reimburse me. He isn’t getting the fact that he is doing this 
> completely different from the previous two VR counselors and he refuses to 
> provide me with any documentation regarding any changes that may have taken 
> place.
>     Interesting enough I found out before my previous counselor left that due 
> to the pay that they were offering for VR counselors, my state agency, they 
> couldn’t get anyone of any quality to take the job. This seems to be evident 
> without her ever saying the first word. I hope and pray that he gets better 
> in time and isn’t just there for a paycheck which it is seeming that way 
> right now. The good news is, he thought he was being a rather smart guy by 
> including his supervisor, but now I know who she is and have her e-mail 
> address. So, now I will start discussing all these new apparent chages with 
> her and see what she has to say about it if things continue to go down hill. 
> I believe I could do his job without a degree or at least as good as he is 
> doing anyways. Perhaps I will talk to her about taking his job *LOL* j/k.     
>   
> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Josh
> Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 9:51 PM
> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [audio-pals] FW: VR Counselor is Horrible
>  
> I have fought my VR counselor ever since he became my VR counselor. He has 
> requested documents that no other counselor has requested, he has made 
> incorrect statements regarding whether or not he will accept the university’s 
> recommendation for a lighter courseload, he has tried to shut down my 
> continuing education, and now he is messing with my money. I did gain some 
> ground though on the continuing education because when I first started VR I 
> told them I want to go to law school. Well, the VR counselor at the time told 
> me that I should probably go with a lighter load, so I did. I did make her 
> document somewhere though that I want to go to law school.  I told my second 
> counselor the same thing and told her I may continue on with psychology. 
> Well, it gets to this guy who thinks he is all of that and a bag of *insert 
> your favorite chip here* *LOL* and I talked to him briefly once before 
> regarding continuing on and he said that they would have to see, but he 
> sounded doubtful. So, when I was talking to him seriously about it I asked 
> him if the department was going to pay for me to continue on with a higher 
> degree or if I am going to have to get representation to fight for it. He 
> didn’t answer me directly and we hung up. We started discussing it off and on 
> and he opened up the door for me to ask about law school again when he said 
> that they cannot tell me what to do. I took the window of opportunity. The 
> latest is I need to pick between law school and psychology and let him know 
> by Friday. Now, a new battle has popped its ugly head up and that is him not 
> giving me funding for my textbooks when they pay other people’s rent. He 
> wants me to go out and purchase the 5 or 600 dollars sometimes maybe even 
> $800 worth of textbooks each semester and then they will reimburse me for 
> supplies and textbooks. Um, no! This has never been done this way before so I 
> want answers as to why it is this way now other than the fact I pushed them 
> on one battle so now they are trying to come at me from a different angle. I 
> told them I fight enough battles on my own without having to fight the very 
> system that is there to help me by providing the funding I need to go to 
> school. I am hoping that I can get someone a lot better to handle this or at 
> least make him better through prayer.
>     For some reason though I thought when given the opportunity to go to law 
> school I would jump on it and run, but really and truthful I am having a hard 
> time choosing. I am actually leaning more toward mental health counselor 
> which is completely different from what I was looking at from the get go 
> because if I stayed with counseling and didn’t go for the law school then I 
> wanted to do family counseling, but now the mental health counseling is 
> appealing to me. So, now that I havea choice the turmoil has started *LOL*. 
> Do I go for a JD or do I go for an MA in counseling.     

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