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Hello to all, its Paulina, I know I havent ben here in a while.

I've ben pritty busy getting ready to go to this program for 6 months in witch you live there in a dormatory setting and they teach you how to live independently .

I am also learning to use the bus system here, and routes to different places like the mall, I know its stuff I already should know but I am learning something.

Anyways, how is everyone? what are you guys doing these days?

I hope you are all doing well, and I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!!

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Where are you going for 6 months? Where is the dormatory setting at?


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well, glad you're finally getting out and doing something. I am now in college trying to muttle through my freshman year and all.


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Hi, I'm Lizzy. I haven't posted on here in like a year lol. That program sounds pretty awesome, how did you find out about it?
And Rachel: what is college like? What college are you attending?


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Paulina, are you going to Jba? I been going there every month for weekend workshops.


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Hey all, Sarah no I'm not going to that, I am going to a program in L. A. its by the Jenior Blind Of America.

I heard about it threw the Braille Institute, and threw some friends.

Rachel, glad your going to colllege, what college are you attending, and is it a University?


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I know you will learn some great things at the Junior Blind -- great organization and center is amazing.

I am psyched to hear that you are getting orientation and mobility lesson regarding the bus system and routes. It makes a tremendous difference. It is a skill that builds confidence when traveling in other areas too.

Rachel, hope your first year of college is going well. It tends to be the hardest year due to the aspect of adjusting and learning the system. First two years often are filled of many general classes until you get into your major.

Good luck to you both! Keep working hard!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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Ok, are you going to the Davidson Program For Independence otherwise known as DPI? I have heard a lot of awesome stuff about that. I go to Junior Blind every month but I go for weekend workshops.


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thanks, yeah, I am at a university one up in northern california, so I am about 8 hours north at the moment, but will be back down by christmas.

It's stressful, hard, lots of work, but good in some ways too. It's really flexible hours, you get to choose your classes and instructor, you live in a dorm or can, um..... you write a lot of papers. but it all pays off and stuff.


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Hope you guys have fun
I am not doing much more than usual but something good has happened and some thing bad,
The bad thing is I went to another eye doc at duke and they were bias so nothing,
The two good things are I'm finally going to get some o&m training on bus routes from a confidant o&m that doesn't talk down to me.
The second good thing is I heard from guide dogs for the blind and so far it looks like I qualify, Sara have you heard anything new from guide dogs of the desert.
Oh I just thought of another good thing my game design teacher is taking me to a play to see a Christmas carol, I hear the actor is really dramatic.
How was everyone's thanksgiving? Mine was good I took up the tradition that my cousin that wasn't there started.
Lindsay


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Lindsay,

I am happy to hear the O&M training will happen, as you requested. Sounds life is progressing pretty well for you. Keep your head up and keep plugging away!

A Christmas Carol should be fun, I love plays! The more descriptive and dramatic, the better.

Hope the guide dog school stuff continues in the manner you would like it.

I had a good Thanksgiving, I hope yours was great. I hope the holiday season in general treats you very well.

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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I am new to this forem or message board. I am starting my first year in Florida. Does anyone go to the Braille Challenge.


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Hi all, I whent to visit D P I, about a week or 2 ago, I loved it!!


While I was there I was informed that I could start either in late January or early febuary.


I'm glad things are going well for everyone, and I had a good thanksgiving, whent to eat dinner at my uncles.


No I have never ben to a Braille Challenge, and I have a randum question.

How do you guys feel about blogging or starting one?

I have started a blog, but I have no idea what to post, I started it for music, and other stuff experiences, events, and so on.

Maybe I am having writers block, or something.

Any suggestions?


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You just might have writer's block. I haven't started a blog but I wouldn't even think about it unless it was here through teen connect because some websites aren't accessable.


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What about issues you deal with as a visually impaired or blind teen. You could talk about the issues you face socially and in school. You could talk about clubs or organizations you participate in. I am just throwing out some ideas for you. You could set out to accomplish a goal and write about your life as you take steps towards that goal -- it could career related or just something fun. You could write about an interest area and research it -- let us know things that you find and your thoughts.

Good luck with whatever you decide to write about!

Sincerely,
Joe S.
AFB Staff


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I have a blog but i have the same problem I haven't posted more than six times at most and its mostly been videos and a few movie reviews I still don't know what to write about entirely ive been thinking about writing about my experiences at school but I'm still deciding In general but I do plan to blog about my experience when I get a guide dog i wish you luck with your blog


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Hi all, thank you for responding to my question I really appreciate it.

Joe, thank you for those ideas, I think I will write about some of my experiences, and some of the social issues we face as visually impaired people.

Tyler, I use blooger to write on my blog, and its pritty accessable.

My only problem is I've only written one post and well I tend to criticize my writing witch is one of the reasons I havent posted anything, that and writers block.

Hope your all doing well and thank you.

If any of you guys have any more suggestions please leave them here.


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You should blog about what it's like to be blind and what kinds of experiences blind people face.


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Yeah, that's a good idea.. You should also describe what it's like getting around. Also, what is the sight for blogging. I might start up my own. And for the jaws users out there reading this, I am pretty tech savvy, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask.


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The one I use is blogger.com
One thing I love about it is if you are fluent in HTML you can make your posts all. The more accessible
Which it is great accessibility wise anyways I've met quite a few blind on there one of the people I met helped answer some guide dog questions I had

Lindsay


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Hey all, thanks for the great ideas, and Linzy I use the same site.


I like it, I just havent gotten to posting anything because of my critical view on my writing witch is a big problem for me.

I hope your all doing well and If you have any other ideas let me know.


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hey its jillian :) how is the program going for you? where is it at? i am really considering going to one starting this summer thats a 6 month program, I am in texas and theres one called the Criss Cole Rehab Center, where you go and stay in a dorm and they teach you how to live independently totally blind, if you have some vision they blindfold you. I am really interested in how the program is going for you :) and where is it you are going?


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test response lol confused why my response a few minutes ago showed up at the top? so yeah i replied but its at the top of the messages instead of the bottom :)


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Hi all, I was reading this and I came across I question that someone asked me.

To answer that person, I heard about the progrma threw people at the Braille Insitute, friends, and such.

Hope your doing well.


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That program is a lot like Davidson.


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