Aftercare visit with Nitro!

I just got a phone call from the guide dogs school, someone is coming out next Tuesday morning, to do an aftercare visit with me and Nitro!
It is time for Nitro to retire! I’m not exactly sure if it will happen next week, but it will definitely be happening soon!
He’s 9 this coming Friday!
He’s at that age where they retire!
The trainer whose coming out, I dont know him. I sorta wish it was Nitros trainer Nathalie who was coming out to visit me, but you dont get a choice in who does the aftercare with you.
I am really nervous about this visit! I just hope things go well.
Please keep us in your thoughts, its happening next Tuesday at 11 AM!

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An interesting article on disability!

I just read this interesting article! I thought it was a good read! I am interested to know what other people think of it!

I’m Not a Person with a Disability. I’m an Disabled Person

Conference

We had a great time at the conference yesterday. It was a lovely day.

There were a lot of talks from disabled people who are in employment. There was a talk from a visually impaired girl who used to be a teacher, she actually taught me a few years ago. It was so nice to catch up with her.

There was a talk from a blind accountant. And a guy who worked in the civil service.

And there was a talk from a blind psychotherapist. She gave a great talk on mental health and wellbeing.

It was so interesting. We also had talks from people from our local university, from the disability support office in the university. And there were also people from the local employment service speaking, and a job coach from employability, which I was glad to hear as I am waiting to see a job coach at the moment.

Lunch was provided for us, and in the morning there was tea and coffee and scones and croissants. In the afternoon there were technology demonstrations. I got to see the newest braille display. The orbit its called. I have never owned a braille display before. I dont think I’d like one. I prefer apple products and my laptop.

Overall it was a great day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking forward to giving the NCBI feedback on how the day went.

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going to a Conference

I am going to a conference this morning. Its a technology and employment conference, that is organised by the national council for the blind. Its just for visually impaired people. There will be a lot of talks from other visually impaired people, people who are employed, and technology venders, and in the afternoon, there will be demos of adaptive technology aids for the visually impaired. the conference is free of charge, so I thought I’d go to it. We’ll also get lunch while we’re there. I was told there will be around 50 people going. I will probably know most of them.
I am looking forward to it. I will enjoy the tech demos. It will be interesting to see what new things are out there that will make life easier for me as a blind person.
The conference will last from 10 AM until 5 pm. So all day. I’ll write more about it later this evening.

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Appointment with my resource worker at NCBI tomorrow

I have an apt with Catrina my resource worker at the national council for the blind in the morning. Its about employment, but I am not sure what we’ll actually be doing. I went to her a few weeks ago to do some work on job skills, and we did a personality test also. She didn’t tell me what this session is going to be about. all she said is, it will take an hour and a half. So I am wondering now what it will be all about.  I am a little anxious about it if I am honest.  I am still just getting to know her and its hard to open up to her.  I don’t know her well enough to be totally honest with her, although I do try to be as open as I can be with her. And I did tell her about my mental health difficulties.  I just hope that the apt goes well and is beneficial to me.  I guess we’ll see in the morning. I hope I can sleep tonight, but right now I am thinking I really don’t know if I will or not. I am hoping I do though.

#Writing prompt 27

The highest price I’ve ever payed for something is…

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I am going to talk about buying my MacBook. I didn’t actually pay for it, because I got funding, but I had to go in and get a quotation, before the funding came through, to find out how much it would cost.
It was 1300 euro. Its a MacBook pro!
Now that I have it, I need to start doing more with it than I’ve actually done. I need to try to learn how to actually use it and use it well. That has been a challenge for me. I am trying to slowly learn about it, but its slow going.
I am so used to my windows pc, and I sometimes don’t want to take out the MacBook, to use it.
I remember when I got my first I phone, I was also slow to learn it, but now, I wouldn’t use anything else. I’m hoping in time I will feel the same way about my MacBook pro.
Being blind, having a MacBook is awesome. Apple has built accessibility into all of their products, so right out of the box, its useable.
That’s something I love about apple products. And you can do so much with them too.

Writing Prompt #27

That skills audit

remember i was meant to go in to the NCBI to see my resource worker to do a skills audit? see where my skills are so I can search for a job that fits what I am good at? I was meant to go in last friday, but I canceled my apt, I had too much to do to get ready for the wedding on Saturday.

Well I rescheduled my appointment, and now I am going in to see her on thursday morning. For an hour. She said the skills audit takes about an hour.

I wonder what it will show. It will be interesting to see what skills I have, what I am good at. At least when I do this I will have a better idea of what I want to do and where I need to go from here.

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