My second job fair: a personal story

Hi Blog world,

Have you ever had a craving for a certain food? Well, I’ve had a craving for a fish sandwich for the past week, and that’s what I had, from McDonald’s, after my second job fair.

This time, the job fair was much more crowded than the first job fair I went too.

Because of my eye condition, Nystagmus, crowds feel so overwhelming to me. So I ended up taking my time with getting around to the different employers that were there.

I feel like this job fair was a little bit more successful than the first, because I was able to fill out an application for a local law firm. The job I applied for was not a writing job, however, I would be able to use my skills from a previous job I had.

I gave my resume to a handful of other employees too. I know from my past experience that I will not get a call back because my skills didn’t match with what they where looking for. But at least, I got my name out there.      

I feel like this journey, has been a long one. Two years to be exact, however, the main theme of my current journey is the same. Keep trying, and don’t give up.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

My internship with She’s Social: Week 5:Learning and growing even with setbacks

Hi Blog world,

Well, this week as an intern sure has been a wet one! In the Panhandle, of Florida, it sure does rain a lot, and that’s what it has done for most of this week. Because of that, my internet went down most of the day on Tuesday, and I had to re adjust my schedule to get my hours in.

This week was an exciting week of learning for me-I learned a more simplified way to save files into PDF’s. I sure wish I would’ve known this trick in college because it makes saving things a lot easier.

My favorite part of this week, was working with my co-worker, Sara, to pre-record my Nystagmus segment. You guys will be able to hear my segment on Real Women Radio when it comes out in November! I’m excited to tell my community about Nystagmus and what you guys can do to support this amazing group of people who are fighting to beat Nystagmus on a daily basis.

Blog Soon,

Amanda Gene

Current event #5-Medicaid and Work

Hi Blog world,

This current event post makes me feel sad. In the article it states that people who receive certain government benefits and who have disabilities can only earn so much and work at the same time.  I know that everyone is different when it comes to working and managing their own lives, however, this article makes me think about what I want for my own future.  I would like to have a full-time job doing writing or something that is writing related. I want to have a good and fulfilling life.  With that being said, another thing that the article said that resonated with me is that having a disability is can be hard, and it take a lot of work to find a good job and to work on meeting your own personal goals.

Here’s the link to the article. If you have time please read it and leave me a comment below of what you thought of it.

Disability Advocates Push Back Against Wage Limits

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

Current Event # 3-Google helping people with disabilities

Hi Blog world,

This week I was looking through a website called DisabilityScoop.com, and I stumbled across an article about how Google is working with and finding organizations that help people with disabilities.

I like the fact that they are working to help make the lives of people with disabilities better. I also like the fact that they are working on trying to find solutions to technology problems that are giving people with disabilities problems.

In the article it states that people have problems with their technology and how this can impact the daily lives of people who rely on technology to live.  I can relate to this part of the article because I had a personal problem when I was in college; I had problems getting access to my textbooks. This was because my magnifier was not strong enough for me to be able to read my textbooks. The font was too small for me to read without my magnifier, because of this I struggled to see and do my work.  The class I struggled with the most was my computer class. One other hurdle I had been not being able to read for pleasure.   But once I gained access to a text reader, called Kurzweil 3000, I was able to read my textbooks and I also was able to read for pleasure.

Here’s the link to the article: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2015/05/27/google-millions-disability/20337/

What do you think about Google’s efforts to help people with disabilities?  Tell me in the comment below.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

My first week of school

Hi Blog world,

Well, it’s that time of year again; I am now back in school for the spring term. I am taking Environmental Reporting,   Media Convergence, The Constitution & Press and General Methods Teaching K-12.  I like all my classes, but I think that my battle this term will be Environmental Reporting. I think this because of my learning disability, Dyslexia, and with me still learning the Associated Press (AP) style that will be a challenge. With that being said, I can learn the AP style, it’s just going to take extra studying and practice on my part.

During my first week of class, I also take time to introduce myself to my teachers and make sure they have received my accommodation sheet. I also encourage my teachers to ask any questions they have about my accommodations.  So far I think this will be a great term for me.  During this term, I am going to be reading a lot of textbook material. It takes me a very long time to read because of my low vision and my learning disability.

I had a lot of fun this week too; I went to 8:28, a college worship service, and Church with my friend Becca.  One of the things I learned during the Bible study time is that I need to take time out to relax and pray each day.

Blog soon,

Amanda Gene

P.S. Here is a link to my archive blog post about Dyslexia: https://amandagene.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/dyslexia/