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Braille Part 2

Okay I am finally at the reason I wanted to write in my blog in the first place. Trying to find paid braille work has be very hard. I thought I could find it easier that I thought it would be. every braille job I have found wants either 2 or 3 years experience. In order to get the experience, I am going to have to do volunteer work. I was at first like forget that, I need money now. I also have been battling my past demons. When as a kid I would struggle with something, instead of letting me work through it, they would stop trying to teach me what i was struggling with & I wouldn't learn at all. I was taught that if life gives you lemons, to quit.

I have that negative self-talk in my head. With the help of my therapist, PO & my friends on here, I need to stop listening to that self-talk. I need to give this an honest effort before I say this isn't going to work. After thinking about, I got emailed the Iowa Department of the Blind last Monday so I can get some volunteer work. They emailed me back Thursday & are sending me something to transcribe.

For the first time in my life, I am trusting myself that if i do this for 2 or 3 years, that I will be able to get paying jobs after proving myself. I have no guarantees that this will work. I am going by faith. I do believe that If I really want this, that it will happen. I have support for the first time that I can go to if this kicks me down again.

I say this to anyone who reads this, get a dream, grab a hold of it & reach for the stars. Do not let anyone tell you that you can't do it. Do whatever it takes without hurting others. We all deserve the same chances as anyone else.

I will keep people updated on how my first assignment goes. It would be a dream come true to make a good living at home. I think most of us with AS would love to be able to do it.


I am rooting for you. Don't give up. Two to three years may sound like a long time but it goes fast. I hope you do get a job transcribing braille. I actually thought about doing something like that myself but right now I have too much to do between work and school. I know all about negative self-talk and being taught that if life gives you lemons, quit.

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