I've spent a little over 3 weeks at World Services for the blind. I get the impression that most of the important living skills stuff is nearly over, and the most I have left to gain is more familiarity with buses and cooking (this time last week, I would not have risked cooking on a stove without some incredibly extreme incentives). If I stay on, it will be for a vocational program (and if I do that, it'll probably be the "Desktop Support Technician" program, which lasts a few months and involves some manner of certification from Microsoft).
Mostly, WSB teaches the basics so far as life-skills go, and focuses on vocational training (especially the kind that likes call-centers). Aside from the cooking, it's been quite the waste of my time, but a newly blind would probably get more value out of it.
So I have 4 obvious options, with category 5 for "things I haven't thought of or that didn't seem worth considering for more than a couple seconds":
- 1. I can continue at WSB and maybe possibly get better at repairing (windows) computers.
- 2. I can go back to college, probably shoot for a computer science degree or something. Longer time investment, but potentially more efficient / less depressing (especially if I manage to go somewhere with people I "know").
- 3. An NFB center. Are they really as amazing as they claim? The internet doesn't even know, since NFB mouthpieces pretty much control the available information. I like their graduation requirements, but are they really as intense as they sound? How efficient? Will the people there be worth interacting with? Etc, etc.
- 4. Just go home and do my own thing.
Mostly torn between 2 and 3. 2 gets lots of weight just because 3 is filled with uncertainty and quite the time investment (6-9months). And if I can stop being a coward for five minutes, I might be able to get someone to put me through an equivalent of the NFB's graduation requirements until I can successfully rescue myself from Lake Ontario and get back to campus in time to stop Jafar.
And I'm having a hard time commiting to not-1, probably because I'm at WSB as I type this and have a hard time saying "This place kinda sucks" where anyone can hear. And I don't like lying and so my thoughts and what I say need to be reasonably close to one another.
Whatever I choose needs to be better for my executive function than WSB has been. The first two weeks, I felt like I could maybe build up the power to work on demand. But it's been a pretty crushing failure.