November 21, 2013: Vocational Rehabilitation

I am very grateful for this little thing called VR (Vocational Rehabilitation) for many reasons. It is both something that has helped me tackle my vision loss and survive/thrive in undergrad and now grad, and it is also something that I have found my calling and passion in. I have mentioned DARS a few times throughout this blog but that is Texas’ Vocational Rehabilitation agency. They help individuals with disabilities gain and maintain employment, by providing them with a wide array of services from job coaching, interview skills, assistive technology, independent living skills, etc. They have helped support me through school and have helped teach me about the various types of assistive technology that can help me be successful at things that are now harder to do with my vision loss. I also have finally found something that I really love, and love going to school for.. and that is such a great feeling. VR does so much good for so many people. Yes, it is still a federal/state agency and is part of the government so there are some loops that still need to be jumped and some bureaucratic stuff to deal with, but it is a great agency and I am lucky to have wonderful people on my side to assist me with everything.

I am very grateful for VR.

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Jessica N and Makiko

Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs.

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