June 14, 2017

My case manager contacted the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) for technical support for my communication device.  My occupational therapist at the Waisman Center resigned in June and suggested that I go to DVR technical support for the communication device.  We have been working on the communication device for about two years now.  This is a long story; I will make it short.  The communication device is incompatible with the electric wheelchair.  So I decided to not go to DVR, knowing that I wouldn’t get anywhere, but “DVR is new and improved” according to disabled advocates.  DVR wanted me to wait sixty days before getting evaluated for assistance, which meant another month of waiting and DVR wanted to know what kind of employment that I wanted.  I knew the first question the DVR counselor would ask. “How can we make you employed?” I imagined laughing and saying,” I am a real author.  Call my agent and my two publishers.” I told the counselor what I wanted.  The counselor looked at my business card and my two books.  “Very impressive.  Have you thought about going back to school?”  “I will be a New York author, ” I said, before walking out.  I don’t have time for that kind of nonsense.  The communication device is now working after spending some of my trust fund money.  I will buy a new computer to upgrade to Windows 10. I have XP Windows and that can be hacked losing all of my files.  My career keeps me alive and I take care of my business like repairs to my wheelchair and problems with care.  Writing is breathing to me.  Meanwhile, another book is being written.  Who does that?  An author. 


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