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Working while during high school or college.

Hello, does anyone on here who either in High School or College have a job, or are planning to get one when they go to college?
I've thought about getting a job but I believe that balancing school work, family, my job, and everything else would be difficult, I would like others opinions on this subject and I wonder what jobs are good for the blind.
I hope to hear your thoughtsand thank you for any responses you may have.

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Re:Working while during high school or college.



Are guide dogs overprotective? What happens if a guide dog is too protective of it's partner?


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Quite honestly, having a guide dog is amazing. There are a ton of responsabilities that go along with a dog though. He/she walks on your left side, with you holding on to a harness. Generally, you walk much faster with a dog because they're watching what's there, so all you have to concentrate on is directions, and knowing what's where in terms of doors/stairs/driveways etc. Generally, they're supposed to find the curbs and make sure you make a straight street crossing. But (at least at the school I went to) you should tell them to find the curb. Every school is differeq though, so things I was told to do may be completely different from what you're told. I would apply to at least six schools, and only if you think you're ready to handle the responsability of taking care of a living, breathing, being. Ask anything you like, I'll create a new thread for it.

Neuron


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Hello Joe, thank you for the ideas they have helped me in answering my question about working, obtaining a job, and so on. I have ben asked by a teacher who teaches kids at an elementary school in witch I used to attend and she has asked me to come and read, and talk to the kids about what it is like in high school.
Thank you again.


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Does the dog walk on your left or right side?


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I actually use a cane, but I was an orientation and mobility instructor. I went through a training at the Seeing Eye on working with students with guide dogs. I also did some work with guide dog users. I got the opportunity to try out a guide dog at the Seeing Eye, as well. It is a much smoother and faster method of travel. There are positives and negatives to it.

Positives
* Users tend to travel faster
* Users tend to make contact wit less objects.
* You have a dog -- some would see that as a positive.
* Detects low limbs or over hangs, a cane can not do this.
* Dogs attract people, you will meet more people.
* Dogs are companions as well.
* there are more, but doing this quickly.

Negatives
* You have to take care of a dog.
* Cost of taking care of the dog -- food, vet, and more.
* You have to be concerned abotu the dog getting walks, food, water, and such when traveling.
* You are taking a dog pretty much everywhere.
* You miss out on things when traveling, canes hit things and such. You might not know these objects are even there.
* You still have to have good O & M Skills to have a dog.
* People will try and pet the dog and feed the dog.

Guide dogs and canes are both great, just a bit different.

Joe S.


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Joe, have you ever used a guide dog? Do you have any experience? Does it give you more freedom than the white cane?


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That is great experience and gave me an idea. Have you thought about doing some in-services at local schools. Going into elementary schools and talking to the kids about being visually impaired and braille. You could type up their names on index cards. You could bring a perkins brailler if you wanted. There is a website on AFB called Braille Bug which has activities to use in general education classrooms -- you could hook up the teachers from the classrooms with that resource. Plus, you can order Braille Bug cards that have the braille alphabet on it, for free. They are little stickers so they can put them on something, spelling words or names.

But you could tell them about sighted guide as well.

Talk about manners with persons with guide dogs.

Talk about the white cane and guide dog.

There are a lot of posibilities.

I have done a ton of these types of sessions for schools and businesses.

Just a thought.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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If I'm not mistaking you could put that down on your resume so your already a step ahead of several kids at my school
I'm sure you'll do great in whatever you decide to do


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Hello, I have actually ben teaching my niece, nephew, and others in my family the beginning of braille, mostly I've ben teaching my niece and she is doing farely well for her age. I think I will probably go on to teach others outside my family one day, who knows.
Thanks again.


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All sound like good first jobs, any thing related to to teaching would be great to get related experience. I taught prior to grad school. Volunteered at a preschool one day a week for a semester and then they offered me a job. You never know what opportunities are out there. If you work hard, polite, courteous, enthusiastic, and passionate -- you will be noticed! When working, it is about the people you are serving and the business. This applies to working in any field. Dress the part as well.

I have confidence in you! Keep up the great work!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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I think you would make an excellent telephone operator or braille teacher. I was told I should teach braille to students or be a court reporter.


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Hello, thank you for responding to my posts, I think I will apply for a job when I feel I am ready or when I feel I need the experience.
I was told to become a private tuder for students just starting out in braille, work at a light house for the blind, ora telephone operator.
I may do some volunteer work at an elementary school for other blind students, or at another place around here.
Thanks for the responses and I hope you have a great evening.


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I wouldn't say any specific job, but to think about the jobs that are open. Where do your skills and interests rest?

Think about how you would do the job, practice specific activities prior, and then apply for the job. Be prepared to deal with some weird questions. You will have to be quick, smart, and on top of your game. Dress up for the any interactions.

I know low vision persons who worked in offices while in college, worked at stores, and other tasks. It is all about being able to market yourself.

Bring your tools that will be needed to do the job! In case you have to demonstrate how you would do the job.

You can do this!!!

I had to apply for a ton of jobs prior to getting a job. Once you get your first job, it is much easier. I got other jobs because of my prior experiences.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Hey Paulina
I was thinking of getting a job this summer as well I was thinking about applying to the movie theater since I practically live there anyways I don't know if I'll get the job though my friends smirk at the idea
But anyways I'm planning to do volunteer work which can be easier
I'll be a sheriff explorer soon hopefully
I wish you luck


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Hello, thank you posting a response to my post, I wourld imag9ne that managing all of things was verry hard. I was wondering, do .now of any jobs that a legally blind or visuall impaired person might be able to do during the summer?


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I worked through high school, and actually had 3 jobs during the second half of my senior year. It was tough to juggle school and a social life with all of that. I worked full-time during the summers of college, and worked part-time during the year. I gave myself my first semester to get adjusted to college life, but then started working in my second semester of college. You have to be very dedicated to balancing and putting a priority on your classwork and homework. You are there for school, but I needed the money to afford living and such. Time management and scheduling studying and more.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Hello Paupna,

After high school, I will get a job. I tried getting one in my sophmore yeare of high school and they denied me because of my blindness. I want to work with animals.


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