Empish’s Blog

Mission Statement

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.

Should You Use Visual Description at Video Meetings? Yes, and Here’s Why.

Microsoft Receives Backlash I was listening to a recent episode of Mosen at Large, one of my favorite podcasts, and the topic came up about describing yourself at video meetings. There has been some backlash on social media toward Microsoft. During their annual Ignite virtual conference Microsoft drew criticism in response to its corporate introduction, … Continue reading Should You Use Visual Description at Video Meetings? Yes, and Here’s Why.

Author and Former Caregiver Abbie Johnson Taylor Writes About Life and Love

This is the month to write. Write. And write some more. November is National Novel Writing Month more commonly known as NaNoWriMo. Authors take on the challenge to write a novel (at least 50,000 words) by the end of the month. Although I am not a book author, I love reading audiobooks and engaging with … Continue reading Author and Former Caregiver Abbie Johnson Taylor Writes About Life and Love

Justice Department sues Uber Over Wait Fee Disability Discrimination and I’m Not Surprised

Last week I heard on my news podcast and it was confirmed in my ADA email newsletter that the US Department of Justice was suing Uber for disability discrimination over its wait fee policy. AS I listened to the news I was elated. It was about time but as they say, “the wheels of justice … Continue reading Justice Department sues Uber Over Wait Fee Disability Discrimination and I’m Not Surprised

My Writing Toolkit: Three Essential Instruments for Successful Freelance Writing

Creating Website and Blog It was this month 2 years ago when I decided to rebuild my website and launch my own blog. The desire to create a personal place to write my own thoughts and feelings about whatever was going on had been noodling around in my head for a long time. Prior to … Continue reading My Writing Toolkit: Three Essential Instruments for Successful Freelance Writing

Hey Siri, What Special Occasion is It? It’s Your 10 Year Anniversary

I remember several years ago, when I first started using an iPhone I was giving Siri a command. But before I did, I got distracted talking to my boyfriend at the time and said, “Oh, my God!” Siri heard me and immediately replied, “I am not a spiritual advisor. You must get a human being … Continue reading Hey Siri, What Special Occasion is It? It’s Your 10 Year Anniversary

Making Smart Money Moves: How Accessible Online Banking Benefits My Life

For the last several years I have enjoyed the independence and convenience of online banking. But there was a time when that wasn’t the case. I remember getting on the bus to make that commute to the bank. Rushing after work to get there before they closed. Or getting up at the crack of dawn … Continue reading Making Smart Money Moves: How Accessible Online Banking Benefits My Life

My Blindness Protected Me From the Full Grief and Horror of September 11th

For years I have said little to nothing about the September 11th attacks. Keeping my thoughts and feelings to myself for the most part. Not because I didn’t care or have empathy for all the people who suffered and died. Not because of the seriousness of the attack and later our involvement in a war. … Continue reading My Blindness Protected Me From the Full Grief and Horror of September 11th

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