Empish’s Blog

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The purpose of the Empish’s Blog is to Educate, Empower and Enlighten you with news, stories and info about the blind and visually impaired community using my life as a focal point.

Confused About Disability? Read This Demystifying Guide  and Become a True Ally

Reading with My Ears Book Review I have read a lot of books about disability. Some were fiction while others  nonfiction. Some  were biographical, technical, historical  or medical in their approach. Others more laid back and conversational in tone. But the book, “Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an … Continue reading Confused About Disability? Read This Demystifying Guide  and Become a True Ally

July is Disability Pride Month and  Is There Pride in Being Blind?

A Response on Becoming Disabled Back in August 2016 I read a very interesting article in the opinion section of the New York Times. It was titled, “Becoming Disabled” by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. It asked the question, Where is our disability pride movement?” Afterward I wrote my own thoughts  and personal reflections. In honor of Disability … Continue reading July is Disability Pride Month and  Is There Pride in Being Blind?

Why Do  the Blind Wear Sunglasses? It’s Not Totally Why You Think.

Many of us have seen that stereotypical image of a blind person wearing sunglasses and carrying a white cane. For years I wrongly assumed that wearing sunglasses  was because the person either had no vision or their eyes  didn’t look natural. It wasn’t until I lost my own vision that I learned otherwise. Now blind … Continue reading Why Do  the Blind Wear Sunglasses? It’s Not Totally Why You Think.

Mamma Always Said Eat Your Veggies. Here’s How to Fill Your Plate and Make Her Proud

Do you remember as a child when mama told you to eat your vegetables? Perhaps it was broccoli, green beans, cabbage, spinach, Brussels sprouts. Or in my case those horrible canned red beets and raw  radishes! Yuck! Maybe you would dutifully eat them, as mama said, wanting to be the good little child. Hoping later … Continue reading Mamma Always Said Eat Your Veggies. Here’s How to Fill Your Plate and Make Her Proud

New York Times Columnist Shares Insights on Vision Loss and Found

Reading with My Ears Book Review I came across another excellent audiobook read from the library by  New York Times columnist and bestselling author, Frank Bruni. “The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found” is a wise and moving memoir about aging, affliction, and optimism after partially losing eyesight. The first time I heard … Continue reading New York Times Columnist Shares Insights on Vision Loss and Found

Making Accessible Origamis: How Folding Paper Stimulated My Brain

Accessible Origami Class Offered For some years now I have been interested in taking an origami class. I would see them advertised  all the time at my local library. But thinking they were probably not accessible I didn’t  pursue it until recently. The American Printing House for the Blind offered a virtual weekend origami class  … Continue reading Making Accessible Origamis: How Folding Paper Stimulated My Brain

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