Wednesday, September 28, 2011
This is a post from Caleigh's blog. I do not agree with what they are doing, and the supported typing is not putting words into somebody's mouth. I think that Caleigh knows what she wants, especially when Holly her mom says that she was choosing things that Holly didn't really want to do. That shows me that she can make her own decisions about different things, like what she wants to do. I don't think those people that she's working with really know what they're doing and they really need to get somebody else involved that is willing to listen to what Holly has to say. An ipad is definitely considered a communications device. They have it in my program where I go. This upsets me so much because I had similar experiences.
Friday, September 16, 2011
i am really angry because as I was reading Caleighs Corner; I came across..her getting her ipad taken away without asking. When her parents said they were sending her to school, they were afraid of that happening and so was I. I think that is there is no possible way for her to get a mount, they really need to talk about access because; I'll tape your mouth shut and see how you like it! It's kind of ironic that it was a speech therapist that took it away. They need to listen to the parents because they know more about this. It makes me very angry because it is like taking your voice away and a communication device replaces or enhances your voice. And nobody should be able to take your device away. Or at least tell you where they're taking it so you know and let you know when they'll bring it back. I know of three people now that have gotten there devices taken away. This should not be an issue guys! This is somebody's way of communication!! To all the teachers out there: PLEASE DO NOT TAKE PEOPLES COMMUNICATION DEVICES AWAY!! EVER!!! If it really bothers you maybe you could figure out a way to make it work. You can change the voices on them, make it quieter, etc. I hope Caleigh has a better time. And if her parents read this, I'm so sorry that this happened.
Friday, September 2, 2011
So you phone somewhere and people are always on holidays! Yesterday I phoned somebody for my home care call. The regular person wasn't coming. So I phoned the Coordinator to see what was going on (after waiting for 15 minutes to be absolutely sure they weren't coming). And she was on holidays until next week or the week after. She said on her machine to call the Case Coordinator instead. So, I did this.
And he said he was on holidays on his machine until later that day. So, I pressed zero for the reception because I think going to the washroom is something that requires "immediate assistance", don't you?
And so my worker talked to the receptionist who went "hold on, I'll just transfer you to the case coordinator." who she just called like 5 times just so she could hear all the details of the message he left which said, to call the reception if you needed "immediate assistance" (and it might have said to call the coordinator, which we have established was already gone on holidays).
Eventually, he got back to the office and emailed me that he talked to the coordinator's sub who phoned me back and arranged something...after I figured out the afternoon on my own.
But, this could have all been prevented if I knew who the replacement was and how to phone them...but apparently they always change..so they can never tell me who (!) and this day in age, maybe it's confidential! Everything seems to be that way. But it was a pretty funny day..you never think they are all going to go on holidays at once!!
I'm just happy I wasn't training anyone, that might have freaked them out a bit:)