[nabs] getting out of state rehab training
bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Sun Oct 23 23:47:37 EDT 2011
Growing up, I was supported academically but I didn’t learn many daily living skills until a rehab teacher came to our house when I was a teen. I think my parents found it easier to do things rather than explain them. My vision teacher even showed me how to tie shoes and zip a coat. Some things I just figured out myself based on people helping me do them like buttoning a shirt and buckling a belt.
I am comtemplating going out of state for more training I went to our center in state. Yet most important classes like daily living were only twice a week! The instruction was fine, just not enough. But the cooking teacher did not have you do a whole cooking task; instead she divided it up among the class. So to make a cake one person might add ingredients ABC and another add DEF and another person stir them.
That didn’t help me learn. I need to do it to learn it.
How do you convince rehab you need training? What if you have a lot of skills? I use them regularly in school; I’m taking writing classes next spring at community college to finish a certificate.
I use my computer skills of word processing and research for school. I used the computer to look for work and generate cover letters. Still I need more such as learning excell though.
I already learned braille, labeling, and organization in school and through a rehab teacher.
I also use a cane and know some O&M although I could improve there too.
How do you convince them especially when you have some skills? What if they say, Ashley we can send a rehab teacher to your house. But the rehab teacher in my area won’t work due to her low expectations and she’s a heavy smoker.
I know home teaching will be their reaction because most skills revolve around cooking, cleaning, home maintenance, clothing care like ironing and other home tasks.
What if they say go back to the state center. Of course I don’t want that.
I don’t know if I want to go or not yet. Again, I’m brainstorming and preparing possible arguments while I have time so I’m ready if I decide time is right. Next semester I’ll be at Nova, community college, though; I’m finishing a certificate and taking an elective, probably public speaking, to further my business skills.
So if you went out of state, I’d be curious where and if you liked it as well as how you got funding.
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