A Message From Steph
Hi, I’m Stephanae McCoy, welcome to Bold Blind Beauty, an advocacy platform that shares uplifting stories from around the globe about the lived experiences of people navigating the world while on the blindness spectrum. I created this brand to celebrate our diverse and inclusive community through empowerment, connection, and barrier-breaking.
Prior to my sight loss, my personal and career successes continued to mount. I scored a huge promotion from the Big Four accounting firm where I was employed. I married my best friend and extraordinary carpenter who was also renovating my first house. Everything was coming together and I had big plans for an even brighter future.
After I lost my sight my confidence level dropped and I struggled to come to terms with my life as a blind woman. Feelings of isolation, fear, and depression overwhelmed me and halted my dreams. To hear more about this experience check out this interview: Bold Blind Beauty, A.I.R. & Abby Reveal.
As a lifelong abilities crusader who fought for the rights of both my son and mother, I didn’t know how to self-advocate. Immersing myself in the blind community was the turning point in my blindness journey.
As people on the blindness spectrum, the greatest challenges we face are societal barriers, stereotypes, and misconceptions about blindness. Transformation within these systemic barriers can happen with A.I.R. (access, inclusion, and representation). With the appropriate tools, training, resources, and ongoing advocacy we can live extremely productive and abundant lives.
Together let’s continue to break barriers by improving humanity by changing the way we perceive one another. Read about our values, mission, and vision.
You can support Bold Blind Beauty’s mission, advocacy, and projects through sponsorships, shopping in our online store, or buying a cup of coffee. ~Steph
Bold Blind Beauty adopted the acronym A.I.R. (Access, Inclusion, and Representation) as it’s essential for people with disabilities. People with disabilities need Access, Inclusion, and Representation to survive and thrive.
A Q&A interview with Caroline Desrosiers of Scribely who discusses accessibility as it relates to web-based images and videos.
Monthly Beauty, Catarina Rivera is a Disability Public Speaker and DEI Consultant with 14+ years of experience in the public sector.
Representation Matters! Marta DiVito, our summer intern eloquently shares her story on why representation is so important.
What People Are Saying
You help many people with your honest and authentic thoughts. Not just those who are sight impaired. Your words about ‘ the paradox of being strong yet fragile’ being part of the human condition is quite profound for me.
Your page warms my heart! I have a blind 5-year-old and she wants to do everything when she grows up! Something (like driving) she knows may not happen, but she’s positive about everything.
I am legally blind, disabled, and most importantly isolated and totally misunderstood! The invisible disability no one understands…. nor can I truly explain…. Thank you for giving me a place of inclusion!