[audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible

  • From: Thomas McMahan <thomas.mcmahan@xxxxxxx>
  • To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 03:01:59 -0500

Yes he crawled out of whatever tree he was in.  Now he’s probably looking to 
instigate.  

On Aug 13, 2014, at 11:34 PM, Heather H <copperlee73@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Wow, we woke up Daniel!  He is out of hibernation!
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Aug 14, 2014, at 12:26 AM, Daniel Crone <averagegrabbag@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> 
>> I think of getting an android tablet so I can play with that system, but 
>> will not give up my iPhone.
>>> On Aug 13, 2014, at 2:53 PM, Josh <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> 
>>> It is true that other phones do not have voiceover, but it is also true 
>>> that even though they do not have voiceover they do have talk back. I even 
>>> seen a post that I initiated on the Android list the other day, a response 
>>> to it anyways that Android is now able to download and install eloquence 
>>> which JAWS and perhaps other screen readers use. I am thinking about 
>>> switching, the more I play with my dad’s Samsung s4 Mini the more I like 
>>> using it. The first time I picked it up I told them they were on their own. 
>>> What I am getting from the Android list though is it is largely for people 
>>> that like changing things on their phone or the developing aspect of things.
>>> 
>>> From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>>> [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Heather H
>>> Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:23 PM
>>> To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Subject: [audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible
>>> 
>>> Well, other smart phones don't have voice over.  That made my decision 
>>> easy.  Plus, with my contract, the phone only cost me $.49.  Can't beat 
>>> that!
>>> 
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> 
>>> On Aug 13, 2014, at 3:04 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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