Empish (pictured above) is the Public Education Coordinator for the Center for the Visually Impaired.
Hello everyone and welcome to CVI’s SightSeeing Blog. I want to take a moment to formally introduce myself. My name is Empish and I will be hosting this blog. Ever since I lost my vision about 16 years ago I have had a deep passion for helping those who have disabilities and working in my community.
After finishing my rehabilitation training at CVI, I began this journey by volunteering to write and edit a newsletter that blossomed into a paid position providing information and resources to people with disabilities. At the same time I worked part-time as an AmeriCorps member providing peer support and advocacy. I later launched my freelance writing career with an emphasis on portraying people with disabilities in a more positive light than what is seen in the news media. This passion and journalism experience landed me a column in Dialogue Magazine writing career profiles on people who are visually-impaired. Each issue I profile people working successfully in a variety of career fields from education, government, science, self-employment and arts and entertainment.
In addition to my column, I work at CVI as our Public Education and Referral Specialist. For over three years now, I have been conducting facility tours, managing exhibit booths at community/resource fairs, and posting InfoLink, our community bulletin board. I also am a public speaker for United Way and manage our speaker’s bureau. Additionally, I respond to calls for information and resources.
So, now that you know a little about me, let me hear from you. This blog is an opportunity to share and discuss topics that are important to the blind community. Let me know your thoughts and ideas of things that you would like to see. CVI is excited to provide this platform and want to bring information that will educate, inform and entertain.