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We had a little bit of disappointing news today. Remember I said over the past few weeks that I applied to start a computer course? Well today we found out that they wont allow us to start until next September. We had been told we’d start next January but now the start dates been pushed out. All because they need to get us an individual workstation, because their virtual desktop that they use isnt compatible with our screen reader jaws. So that means buying a new laptop, a version of jaws to use on it, and I am not sure what else. But to do that they’ll have to make a submission to the 2015 budget for funding. They dont have intakes onto the course as regularly as they used to, since they’ve changed the content of the course, and how they run it. So in essence it means a long period of waiting time for us. Its kinda disappointing to me in particular. I was looking forward to starting soon. The other issue we had to discuss today with our OT Mark is our transport issue. He said he’d spoken to the manager of the college, and he said he may be able to help us partly with transport costs. Apparently its done on a case per case basis. What he said was they might be able to fun half the cost per week of transport. That would mean we’d still be paying 35 to 50 euro per week ourselves. But between now and starting next September, we’re going to start saving some money each week, to help us pay for the taxi’s to get there. Plus there is an organisation giving us a small grant of 500 euro too, which is also going to help us out a little bit. So thats where things are at with college and the transport issues. In the mean time we have the basement club to go to, which although we’re not getting a qualification out of it, it will keep us occupied and we do learn things there as they do groups which teach you things.
Carol anne

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