Alone and abandoned in las vegas

I live in las vegas and hae been out of work for well over a year. I have tried several places that social services tells me to contact to get help with my vision loss but they are not able to provide me with any help as I am not getting disability or working so I fall between the cracks. Or if I don not then I never get a call back as they always tell me that I have to talk to others instead. I will become homeless at the end of march and socail services is looking to forcible place me in a shelter knowing that I will be vulnerable to attacks as it happened the two times I was there before. Disability states that I do not qualify even though I am legally blind deaf in one ear and loss of 70% in the other. Without being able to get any help I will need to run into the street and hope that a bus will cure everything. Anyone know of something in Vegas other than the blindconnect, center for the blind, sncil, and voc rehab.

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From a purely human standpoint, it is distressing to read of your circurmstances. I suppose I have gone through my life thus far aware that events and failed strategies can beat me down but I choose not to admit that fact even to myself. Reading your post filled me with feelings of empathy. I am but for the grace of my own circumstances, in a similar emotional place as the one you describe. It is only through the help of a few close friends that I have not been driven to despair, again as you describe. The depression following "acquired" visual loss, in my case due to medical malpractice in 2011, has been just short of debilitating for me. Given the fact that I'm still in a depressed state of mind, I can only say that perhaps things aren't as black as you currently perceive. Some of the advice already written sounds true - circumstances, if nothing else always change. Small comfort, I know but it is a thought with which I have comforted myself - I hope that you can find a way to adapt and meet the challenges you have described.


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I'm so sorry to hear about your situation. Remember there is always hope and circumstances and situations always change. I was deeply concerned with your statement, " without being able to get any help I will need to run into the street and hope a bus will cure everything." I really hope and pray that this was not the solution you chose. I once heard a quote that stated:

“We are hard-pressed in every way, but not cramped beyond movement; we are perplexed, but not absolutely with no way out.”
I too have recently suffered partial vision loss within in the last week and I do recognize that although I'm new to this situation and I have not been dealing nearly as long as some of people on this site, I try to rememeber that I cannot scale a mountain in a single step; So I have learned to take on the challenge one step at a time. The first thing I asked myself is

WHAT CAN I DO TODAY? Maybe that might include talking to someone—perhaps a friend or a family member—about my situation. That person may be able to help me view my situation in a more balanced way. I am eager to hear if you have found another solution to the problem you were having being that this was posted a few months back. Maybe you might be able to help someone else ??


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Actualy I have contacted Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center (NDALC). They told me that until I am recieving benefits (ie SSDI) there is nothing that they can do for me. As I told Audrey I will try one more time to contact all of these agencies this coming week. But if I get the same response I am again nowhere. Since I have already had issues trying to find out about services thru this agencies I am not going to hold my breath that they are going to help.
As for complaining about Voc Rehab. They actually did what they said they would do but the real problem is the fact that employers will not hire handicapped people in this city and you can not sue them for discrimnation as no lawyer in las vegas will do that unless they have real hard evidence. That evidence would also land me in prison becasue of state laws. Nice catch 22 thisstate has.


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I agree with Audrey that you should contact CAP. Client Assistance Program if you are not happy with the providers whom you have gone to in Nevada.
The Client Assistance Program (CAP) is designed to assist individuals with disabilities resolve problems they may experience with any of Nevada's rehabilitation programs. CAP representatives are also responsible for informing individuals with disabilities of the rehabilitation programs, services and benefits available in Nevada.
The CAP program assists individuals with disabilities resolve problems or disagreements with rehabilitation service providers and referring individuals who are ineligible for rehabilitation services to other public or private agencies that may be of assistance
The Client Assistance Program (CAP) is provided by the Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center (NDALC). NDALC operates the CAP in an independent and autonomous manner.
Here is their phone and relay contact (888)349-3843 and (702)257-8150; Relay Nevada 711.
I greatly encourage you to contact them as soon as possible to discuss your situation.


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Hello-I am a Peer Advisor at VisionAware and my name is Audrey. I am so sorry to hear of the hard time you are having in Las Vegas. While I can sympathize with your situation, there are parts that I do not understand and may need more information. There is specific criteria that define legal blindness and hearing impaired. You would need to have diagnostic tests to demonstrate that you have reached these levels of impairment. Have you had them? Any of these agencies should have at least offered a low vision evaluation. It could be that you do not meet the clinical criteria yet. What is your eye condition? Is it progressive? If your vision is getting worse you may eventually reach the point of legal blindness and then you should qualify for Social Security disability. Or if you are able to work, the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency should offer you services to teach you skills to live and work with blindness/deafness. If you do in fact meet the definition of legal blindness which is a visual acuity of 20/200 or less in your best eye OR a visual field that is reduced in size to less than 20 degrees. By what you are saying here, it seems that you should qualify for hearing impairment as well-which makes your disability a "dual sensory"disability. Perhaps you should seek out agencies that serve the daf or deaf-blind. There has to be a reason why they are not serving you and I can't quite understand from what you are saying.

here is a link to the Helen Keller Center for the Deaf-Blind.
https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc
They offer training and support for youth and adults and may be able to help you find resources.

I looked in our directory of services and only found the agencies you already listed.here is the link to services for people in Nevada: http://www.visionaware.org/directory.aspx?action=r... Usually there are not many options outside of Voc. Rehab., Low Vision Service Agencies, and Independent Living Centers.

If you are unhappy with the service you received from Voc. Rehab, you can contact Client Assistance Program or CAP for your state to file a complaint and get help to advocate for services. Here is the link: http://detr.state.nv.us/rehab%20pages/cap.htm

Please feel free to write me at amdemmitt@gmail.com if you have further questions and I will be happy to try to help you find answers.
wishing you all the best...Audrey


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