So this morning, I went to meet my new resource worker at the national council for the blind. It used to be that I had a social worker there, but recently they changed their role and job description and its now called a community resource worker, I had one woman for years, but recently a new lady started and today was my first time meeting her. Her name is Katrina.
She was really nice. I had spoken to her on the phone a few weeks ago. The reason we met today is because I wanted to get mobility training, since Nitro is retiring at the end of this year. So I need to learn new routes using a long cane, as I am going to keep him and not get another dog just yet.
There is a process, an assessment process before you can get long cane training. So she needed to interview me to find out about me and find out my history and stuff. Plus also, she just wanted to meet me since she didnt actually know me at all.
The meeting went really well. We talked about a lot. I even discussed my mental health difficulties with her. I had told her most things over the phone but I hadnt divulged that I struggled with PTSD and did and so I told her that today. She was very understanding and I felt like she got it and I am glad I told her that I have mental health problems. It felt like I was being authentic and honest, real and vulnerable.
She said she was going to push my case up the list, and make it a high priority. There is a long waiting list for long cane training, but she said I should hopefully hear something within the next few weeks. So thats all positive. I am looking forward to getting started with the long cane training. Learning new routes, and building up my cane skills and confidence.
I’m glad we’ve met now. At least now I know her. And if I need her in the future I can call or email her.