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Blind Beauty 79 | Elaine Huitt

Blind Beauty 79 | Elaine Huitt image is described in the body of the post

You don’t need full ‘vision’ to have a ‘vision’ to ‘see’ your way through life.

~Elaine Huitt

When I interviewed Elaine Huitt for her Women On The Move piece I was moved by her entire story. However, the above personal quote that she shared at the end of the interview was a particularly powerful statement.

As a society, we are so consumed with how things are presented, many times we miss more meaningful messages. Pretty packaging, bells, and whistles can be a distraction for what really lies beneath. Conversely, packaging without the glitter and glam might appear ordinary until you unpack what’s wrapped inside.

Elaine, like many of us who live with disabilities, overcompensated and worked extremely hard to keep up in school and on the job. She did whatever she had to do to be successful which meant developing creative workarounds.

Viewing people with disabilities as broken is a “we vs. them” mentality that comes from a place of superiority. Not only is this thinking unkind and divisive it sometimes and makes inaccurate assumptions. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses yet when we talk about people with disabilities all we can see is their difference.

Maybe one of the reasons our planet is so diverse is we all bring something unique to our world. Together we are like a beautifully designed masterpiece that was meant to be as it is.

Despite everything working against her, Elaine was able to move up the ranks and become a huge success. In her current role, she helps youth understand that lack of physical sight has little to no impact on their inner vision. So many more just like her are waiting to make their mark, the question is, will we give them a chance?

Image Descriptions:

Featured image – A headshot of Elaine wearing a crisp white shirt paired with a silver statement necklace. She has wavy dark hair, with on-point makeup that includes pink lip color.

11 thoughts on “Blind Beauty 79 | Elaine Huitt

  1. This really resonated with me, Steph, as someone who is also perceived as broken. I think I am just wired differently, with a chronic mental illness. This gives me a special empathy with people in distress and that is a silver lining.
    Your written descriptions of photographs are really beautiful. When I started reading them, I realized yet another aspect of a visual impairment that hadn’t occurred to me.

    1. I have a hard time believing that even today in 2019 as ‘aware’ as we are that misconceptions around ‘those viewed as different’ persists. Empathy is one of the key elements that we sorely need more of. Thank you for commenting on my image descriptions.

  2. Very inspiring blog post.

    1. Hi Aimee, thank you!!

  3. Elaine sounds like an incredibly inspiring woman. Loved her quote too. It says volumes.

    1. Hey Miriam!!!🤗 How are you?? Thank you so much for your comment on Elaine’s post, she’s a phenomenal woman.

      1. Yes, she really does sound amazing. I’m well thanks Steph, hope you are too. 💕

      2. I’m hanging in there Miriam. 💗

  4. What a lovely compliment to Elaine, Steph! Your previous piece encapsulated Elaine’s background, fortitude and determination so well and this post provides us with further insight into her persona and her goals. What I took away from both posts was, never to give up and it’s a powerful and encouraging trait.
    By the way, I’ve added Elaine’s quote to my collection. Bouquets to both of you.

    1. Hey Wendy, thank you so much. I’ve noted her quote as well. As soon as she said it I asked her to repeat it a couple of times because it went so well with her story. She’s an amazing person and her students are so fortunate to have her in their corner.

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