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Services for the blind and visually impaired in America are deplorable

With the current job market the way it it, I decided to see if my local Department of Labor had any services that might help me to find employment. A few years ago I used the same service and (at that time) found it to be pretty bad. But since then I moved to a different area and figured "well, they all can't be the same." Sadly, I was mistaken.

Let me start out by saying that you would think the counselors who are involved in "helping" blind and visually impaired would be friendly people who would attempt to offer encouragement and helpful advice when it comes to both finding employment and information on services for those who are in our position. However, both times I have used services I've found the exact opposite. It seems to me that most people in this position are simply collecting a paycheck. They also seem to feel that they have the right to talk down to those with visual impairments as if we are children rather than grown men and women. I'm apparently not the only one in my state who feels this way; other friends I have who are also visually impaired have had similar experiences.

I'm curious to know what types of experiences others who are blind and visually impaired have had with services for the blind; particularly those dealing with the Department of Labor.

At least from my point of view, it seems like the service is completely outdated and in desperate need of a complete overhaul.

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My experience wasn't great either. The woman I met with was very unprepared and just not very professional in my opinion. It really turned me off the whole thing.


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"All generalities are false, including this one."
What you expect from the service may affect your feeling about it. Maybe you expectd too much. In a bad jobmarket, do you want them to be happy and lie about your chances? In the brokerage business, that is unlawful.
I have some experience in job hunting and have found that its not always easy on either side of the desk.


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do i have to spell it out for you all? if you put a line on my chat line it will make you $140 in a month. you don't have to talk just put a line in or ten. if you can add tell me how much a pre paid cell phone with free long distence will cost u. and how much I pay for putting one line in and what about 10 phones? I got this line for you the blind and visually impaired. So why not use it, it is not about talking it was for us to make money. are you all that blind. 724 444 3598


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I went to the local state unemployment agency and was referred to the vocational rehab. They wanted to teach me to be a home maker. there is no money in that! Now Iam on my own. No job No ss, no nothing. Don't know what to do!!


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gfmueden, I expect them to be courteous. That is a matter of simple good manners which seems to be sorely lacking in our world today.


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iam new member from australia i cant even find a australian chat room and yes it is the same here i tell them it is my eyes that are dying not my brain


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Sadly I'd have to agree for the most part. I don't want to start a flame war over this, but it doesn't seem to me like the American Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind are doing all they can to help out in this regard. They may have done some work in this area to try and improve things, but it really seems like they should be doing more. Some might ask me why I don't join one of them and speak out, and I have my reasons for never having been a member of either. I was a VR client for many years, and found the whole thing to be a big waste of both time and effort. Having said all that, there are those organizations that actually do very good work for and with people who have visual impairments. They include The Hadley School for the Blind and Horizons for the Blind, both of which are in my state. I know I'm leaving out some as well. I was a Hadley student for a few years and loved it, and I'm going to continue at some point with them.


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