Disability rights advocacy, podcasting

Inspirational Journeys presents: Audio/video weekend wrap up

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,

Today I have great news! I have finally received a sponsor from Anchor. I won’t get paid for this sponsorship, due to the fact that Anchor is partnering with the Add Counsel to give podcasters the opportunity to be the voice for their chosen charities, but it’s a new milestone in my list of milestones for 2019.

Aside from my newly acquired sponsor, Today’s podcast episode is my weekend wrap up. In this audio/video episode, I share the following goals that I have accomplished:
1. I updated my podcast logo with Jen’s help.
2. I updated my podcast description, so that the copyright for the previous cover art is taken out. I also made the description fit my brand.
3. I updated the introduction to my podcast and incorporated the tagline: “Writing from the heart, adds value to your life”.
4. Sent out my email newsletter.
5. Wrote the introduction to My upcoming poetry book, at 1 AM, no doubt.

Along with an announcement about what’s coming up tomorrow, and a challenge and a bit of writing encouragement to all listeners and viewers, There’s a special surprise at the end. To listen to the podcast episode, visit the following link

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author interviews, Disability rights advocacy, indie author promotions, podcasting, publishing

Kristi Bridges interviews Yours Truly for her 1 Moment Wiser podcast

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have a special treat for you. If you listened to or watched my interview with Kristi Bridges on the Inspirational Journeys podcast, you won’t want to miss the interview she conducted with me for her 1 Moment Wiser podcast. Here’s the blog post with all the important links to the podcast episodes and some earlier blog posts that I published as show notes for my podcast and the link to the podcast itself.
I hope you enjoy this three part interview. Have a blessed day.

The Insightful Ann Harrison-Barnes

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Inspirational-journeys presents Special Guest Interview with Mark antony Raines

The link below will take you to a duel podcast episode. My special guest interviews me, while I interview him.


MARK ANTONY RAINES, an author who is also the host of the Holsworthy Mark podcast show!
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

Friday, June 21, 2019


Mark Antony Raines has written several horror stories with a hint of comedy. His books include: Just A Nightmare, Freddy The Freak, Freaky Fables andShort Horror Stories, some of which are available for free on his Ghostman blog. One of his hobbies is drawing cartoons.
Mark is a podcast host and a presenter on three radio shows: He Sayeth on Kingdom influencers Broadcast, Horror for all, and The Mark Raines Show on Freedom Talk Radio Wednesday night 8 pm and Saturday Night 8 pm UK time. Mark is also the owner of the Mark Antony Raines podcast radio station. When he’s not podcasting, writing horror stories and drawing cartoons, he sings and performs stand-up comedy.
He co-authored a book entitled Cartoon Occult Martial Arts alongside S. Rob

Book Description:
This book teaches the weird art of cartoon occult martial arts. This is an effective martial art, drawing on fighting, cartoons and occultism. The reader will learn to attack physically and use these methods to attack from longer distances as well. A genius work from S Rob and Mark Raines.

Purchase link:

Book Excerpt:

Cartoon Occult Arts Moves by Raines
The following are effective moves and methods of cartoon occult martial arts. First you should aim to keep your entire body strong. Find some exercises to keep your art sharp.
Stretch. Flexibility is important in almost every martial art. In learning a martial art you’re going to work muscles that tend to get overlooked.

Connect with Mark online at the following links:

Mark Antony Raines Podcast Radio Station:

Author Page:

Horror for all and The Mark Raines Show:

He Sayeth:




As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:

Disability rights advocacy, Uncategorized



Personally, I have four books published, all of which I eventually published on Amazon myself, so it just goes to show you that with a little help from writer friends and a publisher who knows how to format books, we too can publish our own books independently if we are unable to work with agents and editors.

Disability rights advocacy, Uncategorized

Break the Cycle of Discrimination amongst blind and Disabled Job Seekers

Good Sunday afternoon, everyone.

Today I want to talk to you about a serious topic. My discussion is about the unemployment rate and where blind people stand, where finding a job is concerned. Now please don’t think that I am judging employers, but there is a problem, that I feel needs to be solved.


As a blind person, finding a job, whether as a writer, or in any other industry is nearly impossible. I say nearly, because I did find a few writing jobs in my nearly eight years of experience as a freelance writer. However, when I look for a particular job that I am interested in, there are several things that stop me in my tracks. For instance, many company managers/clients want pictures added to their blogs or websites. When I write the article and tell the potential client that I cannot add pictures to my pieces, due to my visual impairment, they choose to give me the silent rejection. What do I mean by those? These potential clients don’t reply to me, or they don’t respond to my application.


Here’s another example of a blind person not getting a job, because employers won’t give him a chance. My husband has tried to find jobs in a variety of different places. For instance, the church we used to go to offered to give him a chance to start a ministry for people with disabilities. However, when he asked about getting a job within the church, he was turned down. This is a large church, with many business people as members, but no one would give my husband a chance. I tried to work for a member of the media team, who runs his own business. I was hired to write op-eds for a web site that his company started. However, I had to remind him that I had sent him the article, and I had to ask to be paid for the article. I sent a second article, with no results.


Although I have had mishaps during my job hunt, there are a few people who did hire me based on my high-quality content. First of all, I want to thank Ernest Dempsey for hiring me to write for his blog called Word Matters, which can be found at the following web site:


I also want to thank Dan Antion for hiring me to review his company’s web site for accessibility. This job I thoroughly enjoyed, and I learned something interesting about a nuclear power plant. Finally, I want to thank Mia Bysinger from a web development company called Rushcube, for hiring me as part of the team of writers, who created landing page content for various websites. If you look at my professional writing services” page on my web site, you’ll not only see links to some of these landing pages, but you will also read her client testimony.


There are several blind people looking for jobs today, who either have no success, or have to work for the industries for the blind in their state, who hire more blind than sighted employes. This is a problem in the blind community and is the reason for the unemployment rate amongst blind people to be at a staggering rate of 62.3% according to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) in 2012.


I am starting my own business, and here’s my take on hiring people to work for me. As a blind business owner, I will need the assistance of a sighted employee, and I would hire him or her, if he or she is qualified to perform the duties I need him or her to perform. I would also treat my employee(s) with the utmost respect, while monitoring their work. I would hire people to help me run my writing business, based on their qualifications, not merely on the basis of their disabilities, or lack thereof. If sighted employers would give blind people the same respect as we would give them, the economy would be in much better shape, and the unemployment rate would be much lower for blind people and people with disabilities as a whole.


Here’s my point: there are companies that claim to be equal opportunity employers, yet they reject qualified candidates with disabilities. Why can’t all companies, regardless whether the businesses are large, midsized, or small, treat applicants equally? Why can’t employers without disabilities base their hiring decisions upon the applicants’ qualifications, instead of discriminating against them on the basis of their disabilities? For those of you who are business owners, would you be willing to hire a person with a disability, based upon his or her qualifications, or are you hesitant to hire a person with a disability, because you don’t understand their needs, in order to provide them with reasonable accommodation to help them perform the duties of the job you wish to hire them for? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


Please answer this question in the comments also. If you are a business owner, looking for qualified employees, are you willing to give candidates with disabilities an opportunity to work for you with reasonable accommodation? Let’s break the cycle of discrimination against the disability, please give a disabled person a chance to work for you, dependent upon their qualifications.

Thanks for reading and considering my opinion post today. Until next time, happy reading, writing, and please reach out to help blind and disabled people become employed, so we can lower the staggering unemployment rate.

God bless you my dear readers.


Disability rights advocacy

Guide dog discrimination in Athens Georgia

This evening, at the ?Georgia Square Mall in Athens, GA, My husband Michael Barnes and I, along with a couple of friends were taking care of some personal business, when Michael was approached by a security guard by the name of G. Keene. Keen asked whether Michael’s dog was a service dog.
“Yes.” Michael said.
“Well, your dog needs to wear a vest,” Keene replied.
Michael pointed out to Keene that his guide dog wasn’t required to wear a vest, because as any guide dog user, or establishment will, now, that the harness is identification enough. Michael got his black lab guide dog named Indie, from Pilot dogs Inc., located in Columbus, OH.
Keene continued to argue with Michael, and our friend and driver Pete Nichols, stood up for Michael, and Keene threatened to call the police and escort both Pete and Michael from the Mall.
When Michael left the mall, and became very irate, he said “Blind Power!”, and others followed suit. After this scene, Keene left him and us alone.
This is not the first time my husband has been bothered by management or security because of his guide dog. This type of incident has happened more than five times at the same mall by the same security guards. He had a recent incident at Kroger on Alps Road, where the manager supposedly banned him from coming into the store, because the lady running the self-checkout machines was scared of Indie. However, we have been back in the same Kroger, and the same manager has said hello to Michael, and said nothing about Indie at all.
He’s not the only one who has been accosted by managers of businesses about a guide dog. I have had a similar problem myself when I had a black lab/golden mix named Star, from Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, FL. My x-husband I along with my in0laws were at Ryan’s in Canton, GA. David Carter was the manager of that particular store. He and his assistant manager were trying to say that we needed identity tags for our dogs, which isn’t true. We were seated at the back of the restaurant, and when we showed Carter the laws and our ID cards, he wanted to start a stink. We went somewhere else to eat, after getting our money back, and I found the phone number of the Ryan’s corporate office and put in a complaint. We received a return call introducing us to the district manager, who “educated” Carter. I believe that he was fired.
I had a friend who was refused a room at the Ramada Inn because they thought her dog was a pet, and not a service dog. She sued the hotel for noncompliance of the ADA.
There are countless incidents of people not complying with ADA laws where dog guides are concerned. If you are a business owner who has denied a blind person access because of a service dog, I suggest that you do your homework and google the guide dog laws in your state. If you are a guide dog handler and have been denied access, contact the owner of the company, the security company who runs security, or even the news media to make a formal complaint. If you know of attorneys who handle discrimination cases, please feel free to share links to these sources in the comments below, so that other people who are harassed because of their service animals can have a point of contact. This is one of many disability rights that need to be advocated for. Please educate your local law enforcement, so you don’t run into the same problems that I and others have run into in the past.
Thanks and happy reading.