The road to Red Roof Inn

Ha, as I’ve already heard from one person, “I didn’t know you were looking for a job.” Well, I don’t know what to tell you since it’s ben posted pretty often since March, smiles. But of course since the other big thing going on is the baby it’s not hard to over look the non-baby messages, smiles.

Thanks to a friend of mine named Wes telling me about his work at home job I started the process of applying for the same job. Let me say it seemed like a long process and thank goodness I had baby J to keep me preoccupied, lol.

So to work for Red Roof Inn you first have to go through your blind related service. Here it’s Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. From what I understand it’s pretty much just like or what BSVI use to be. All confusing if you ask me, lol.

So anyways, once you get in touch with your worker or sign up you let them know that you are interested in working for Red Roof Inn through Goodwill Easter Seals. If you’re lucky you have an awesome worker and the beginning process moves along pretty smoothly.

If not, well, then you probably end up with a worker who pretty much does nothing and you have to chase down to get answers like these:

I haven’t heard anything yet. just be patient.
Hurry and get this paperwork done so that we can hopefully fast track your application because training starts in April.
Oh, because you haven’t worked before they may be more interested in having you work somewhere else for a little while to get experience.

Or even better your worker may forget to let the job location know that your biggest concern is you being pregnant and you want to know if it would work against me for training and such and would be better to wait.

Moving right along. The next step is getting a Goodwill worker who works with you by preparing you for the screening interviews, finding out what you would need to work for Red Roof from home and just pretty much get a feel for who you are.

I just have to say that my person through Goodwill is just awesome! She’s kept in touch every step of the way since we met near the end of May. She’s been very reassuring when it came to me being pregnant and worked really hard to find out when training would be so that I could actually attend if all went well.

After you meet your Goodwill worker comes the first screening call and it’s done through Goodwill with a person named Bev and probably Jenny. During this call they find out things like what screen reader you use or large print software, go over a few of the scripts that would end up being your friend, tell you about the shifts that are open and things like that.They do ask a few questions relating to your work experience and what would you do in this situation type questions.

If all goes well during that call, you move right along to the Red Roof Inn interview. Now this can be done in 2 parts, the phone interview and then the face to face. If you get to the face to face there is also a typing test involved and you get to sit in and listen to some calls and a few other things.

Now I didn’t get to the face to face portion, yay! I had the phone interview yesterday morning and that’s where my road to working ends!

I was so so so nervous when it was time for my call because I have never worked before and this would be my first. I’ve wanted it since March when I first heard about it and with being pregnant and now near the end I was afraid it would stop me. But I shouldn’t have feared and listened to my bf and my Goodwill worker that was pretty sure I’d definitely get hired! smiles.

I HAVE A JOB!

What I will be doing is all the reservation type stuff and it’s a work at home job which is great! I’ll only take the short time off during the week I’ll be in the hospital evicting baby J, smiles. Since I like never sleep and I’m a night owl I’m going to be going for the third shift which is like the 11PM to 7AM shift.

Starting July 5, 2016 I will be going into training for one month with Red Roof Inn and I can’t wait! So once again it’s training time coming up for the blog along with baby entries hahah. So don’t miss the non-baby stuff, smiles.

Response from Leader Dog regarding the NFB resolution

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This post is long!

Recently the NFB National Federation for the Blind passed resolution 2015-05 seen below regarding Leader Dog for the Blind

the NFB is calling on Lions to cease funding of Leader Dogs for the Blind until or
unless it rejects NAC accreditation.
WHEREAS, in 1989 the International Federation of Guide Dog Schools for the Blind, later known as the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF), was formed to create and promulgate standards for the operation and administration of guide dog training programs throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, the IGDF today has over eighty member guide dog training programs around the world, including thirteen in the United States; and
WHEREAS, US-member guide dog training programs include Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Seeing Eye, and Leader Dogs for the Blind, the three largest guide dog training programs in the United States; and
WHEREAS, the standards of the IGDF are well known as a solid model for guide dog training program operation and administration; and
WHEREAS, in January 2015 Leader Dogs for the Blind announced that it had received accreditation by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC), an organization formed in the 1960s supposedly to create and promulgate standards for the operation of agencies serving the blind but which, in fact, has never provided a good model for the operation and administration of any agency; and
WHEREAS, NAC has no expertise in the guide dog arena, and any attempt by NAC to accredit guide dog training programs can serve only to undermine the efforts of the IGDF; and
WHEREAS, in the past Leader Dogs for the Blind, recognizing the worthless nature of NAC’s alleged accreditation, resisted attempts by NAC to accredit it and stood with consumers in opposing the shoddy and irrelevant standards NAC attempted to use to gain credibility among the ranks of guide dog training programs and their consumers; and
WHEREAS, Leader Dogs’ past vigorous opposition to NAC accreditation was expressed in part through a letter from Harold L. Pocklington, then-executive director of Leader Dogs for the Blind, to NAC’s president, and published in the February 1986 issue of the Braille Monitor, which said: We believe we can handle our own affairs. If the dog guide training programs don’t respond to your suggestions, it may be they don’t believe the method of accreditation can be done only by you. We believe we can be our own judge of operation, without any help from NAC or a committee NAC might appoint. We are not indifferent, unaware, or apathetic. We just believe if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it; and
WHEREAS, the purpose of NAC has always been to undermine and thwart the right of the organized blind to speak on behalf of blind consumers and Leader Dogs’ affiliation with NAC has the same effect in seeking to minimize the voice of the blind; and
WHEREAS, Leader Dogs receives a significant amount of its funding from Lions International and from individual Lions clubs; and
WHEREAS, any money spent by Leader Dogs in seeking and obtaining accreditation by NAC is a misuse of the support provided by its donors and can only encourage the efforts of an outdated and useless agency, NAC, to attempt to gain financial support from other guide dog training programs that it approaches in its attempts to convince them to accept its irrelevant and meaningless accreditation: Now, therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED by the National Federation of the Blind in Convention assembled this ninth day of July, 2015, in the city of Orlando, Florida, that this organization condemn and deplore Leader Dogs for the Blind’s accreditation by and consequent support of NAC; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization demand that Leader Dogs for the Blind take immediate steps to terminate its accreditation by NAC; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we call on Lions International and individual Lions clubs to cease their funding of Leader Dogs for the Blind until it terminates its accreditation by NAC; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this organization urge all guide dog training programs to resist any attempts by NAC to accredit them and insist instead that all guide dog training programs in the United States support the legitimate standards and accreditation of the IGDF.

Now this resolution caused quite a heated debate in many groups that have received service from Leader Dogs for the Blind. Why has the NFB decided to attack LDB? Did the NFB attempt to talk to any of LDB graduates or staff?

Some believed that the person that wrote the resolution was a person that had problems with LDB, but if that’s the case this is not the way to go about fixing it! This further gives the NFB the bad reputation it is known for, attacking when they shouldn’t and makes the good things they have done get overlooked.

Personal note…who the heck told this person that using *whereas* over and over again was correct? You seriously don’t need to say it that many times. It’s more likely someone will stop reading after the second or third time that word was said. I cringed each time my computer read it.

Leader Dog for the Blind sent out this response

You may be aware of a National Federation of the Blind (NFB) resolution that was recently passed against Leader Dogs for the Blind’s accreditation by the National Accreditation Council for Blind and Low Vision Services (NAC). Within the resolution, the NFB demanded that Leader Dog terminate its accreditation by NAC, in part because NAC has no expertise in the guide dog arena. Leader Dog’s NAC accreditation is for our Accelerated Orientation & Mobility Training and our Summer Experience Camp, both of which fall under NAC’s expertise. Our Guide Dog Training has been accredited by the International Guide Dog Federation (IGDF) since 1999.

We had reached out to the NFB upon learning about its concerns and the NFB did not respond to our communication. We know that this resolution may create questions for you and we’d like to address any and all concerns.

As you know, our goal is to provide consistent, high-quality service to all of our clients. Over the past decade we have made a significant effort to become a transparent organization that is receptive to outside review and input. Accreditation by third-party organizations, such as the IGDF and NAC, provide objectivity and hold us to industry standards when reviewing the services we offer.

Accreditation is a common practice in many industries and is used as a way to assess how quality is maintained. It provides a non-biased evaluation of the work that an organization does and helps establish standards to continuously improve the quality of service provided. We believe these certification processes provide our current and potential clients with relevant information when deciding who they trust to deliver high quality, state-of-the-art travel-related training.

If you have any questions about this matter and need clarification, please contact Rachelle Kniffen, Director of Communications & Marketing at 248-659-5013 or rkniffen@leaderdog.org.

Rachelle Kniffen
Director of Communications & Marketing
Leader Dogs for the Blind
1039 S. Rochester Rd. • Rochester Hills, MI 48307-3115
Direct (248) 659-5013

Now, seeing this response it tells me right off that the NFB did not do their homework before making their claims. This shows me that they did not think of the other services that Leader Dog for the Blind offers.