[audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible

  • From: "Josh" <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:48:32 -0400

You Tube has a lot of basic things that you can figure out, but it is majority 
of the time I have found based on a sighted audience. I have looked at a number 
of You Tube videos, You Tube videos that I have loved and ones that I have 
hated due to the lack of description, on my dad and mom’s Androids and learned 
quite a bit about them, but I had to go and figure it out from a blind person’s 
standpoint. Something I didn’t mention about the Apple Vis sight is that it is 
completely designed and operated by the blind community and the podcasts are 
all on how a blind person would accomplish the task. There are a ton of other 
things on this site such as accessibility ratings for particular apps so you 
know before you buy what you are getting.

 

From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
On Behalf Of Heather H
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 10:06 PM
To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible

 

nk you.  I will admit that I have resorted to looking up stuff on YouTube.  
That is how I decided that I wanted to try an iPhone.  There is some useful 
stuff  on there.

Sent from my iPhone


On Aug 13, 2014, at 9:30 PM, "Josh" <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Trial and Error when possible that is. Sometimes I find it impossible so I 
resort to other means. There is one other site that I want to give you that may 
be of great help. It is a page full of podcast on Apple products and all you do 
is click on the podcast link and then just scroll down to the various podcasts. 
The website is:

 

http://www.applevis.com

 

 

 

From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
On Behalf Of Heather H
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:21 PM
To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible

 

Oh okay, that makes sense.  I just found where the purchases are kept.  Voice 
over is good for discovering things about the phone since the darn things don't 
come with a users manual.  lol

Sent from my iPhone


On Aug 13, 2014, at 3:58 PM, "Josh" <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I did have an entire article that I sent to the Blind Tech list the other day. 
I am not sure if I still have it or not, but the packages are not that 
expensive. I stumbled upon this one time when I had to remove all my apps and 
put them on iTunes, but then I discovered that if I just delete the apps and 
reinstall them from the purchased tab in the app store it is like the first 
time I used it. I don’t know if it will continue to be that way or not, but it 
was the last time I did it and I have only done it once. They treat that app 
like they are a crack dealer. Give you just enough to get you hooked and then 
bam hit you with the price tag for more *LOL*.

 

From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
On Behalf Of Heather H
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:18 PM
To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible

 

I got the tap tap see app a few weeks ago.  It is great!  How much will the 
info cost me?  It describes things so well.  Pwease oh pwease share!

Sent from my iPhone


On Aug 13, 2014, at 3:13 PM, "Josh" <lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Since you have the iPhone you may want to consider getting an app that is some 
what free, it is called Tap Tap See. I say some what free because it gives you 
a hand full of pictures for free and then it wants you to buy a package. 
However, I have figured outa way around the purchase. The trick will cost ya 
though *LOL*. The app is designed for the blind community you take a picture of 
something and then you wait for a few seconds. After waiting for the few 
seconds it will pop up an answer to what you took the picture of. I have taken 
a picture of Amanda before and it tells me she is a girl *LOL*. I have taken a 
picture of artificial sweetner before and it comes back with it is a yellow 
pack of Splenda. From what I understand there is a live person on the other end 
that writes back, but unfortunately you don’t have an area to ask them 
questions about it. If it had an aread like that then I may purchase a package. 
Many times though if it is confidential information like a card number and 
Amanda is at work then I will shoot her the picture and she will respond back 
with what it is. Amanda is not always available though and if it is like a 
bottle of cleaner then I will just take the picture and it will upload as soon 
as you take the picture as long as you took the picture using the app.  

 

From: audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
On Behalf Of Heather H
Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 2:33 PM
To: audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [audio-pals] Re: VR Counselor is Horrible

 

I am always in trouble aren't I Bethie?  Just another day here inn Ohio!  
She'll be here in less than two months and I'm shaking in my slipers! 

Sent from my iPhone


On Aug 13, 2014, at 12:51 PM, Thomas McMahan <shadowmonstrosity@xxxxxxx> wrote:

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:  <mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[ <mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Thomas McMahan
Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 5:15 PM
To:  <mailto:audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 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 < <mailto:lawdog911@xxxxxxxxxxx> 
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.       

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[ <mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
mailto:audio-pals-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Josh
Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 9:51 PM
To:  <mailto:audio-pals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 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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