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A Message From Steph

I’m a 61 y/o, medium brown-skinned, black woman with short salt & pepper standing on stage at a podium. The backdrop is dark blue curtains. I’m wearing a salmon-colored jacket over a black maxi dress with gold jewelry.

Hi, I’m Stephanae McCoy, I created Bold Blind Beauty, to empower women who are blind/low vision to embrace their beauty, increase their confidence, claim their power, and BOLDLY break barriers. As a blind woman who loves style, I’m a lifelong abilities crusader who believes that “Real Beauty Transcends Barriers.”

‘Real Beauty’ in people goes deep beyond the surface level. I believe real beauty acknowledges the value of a person regardless of anything that might set them apart from others. Real beauty is inclusive; accepts and embraces people where they are, as they are. Today, the site features stories of people from around the world who are on the blindness spectrum across all walks of life. 

When I began Bold Blind Beauty my original intent was twofold: 1) to empower others by sharing lessons learned through my sight loss journey 2) connecting sighted people with people across the blindness spectrum. However, as this site has evolved I’ve found that all of us are the beneficiaries of empowerment and connection through the blindness/sight loss stories of others.

Each of the people featured here in Women On The Move, Monthly Beauties, Men In Motion, and Cane EnAbled has unmatched strength and resilience. Every story is different as we walk separate paths yet the one thing we share in common is a shift in our perspectives.

Experiencing losses in life is universal. How we deal with our losses is the difference between living and thriving. I hope you enjoy perusing the site. If you’d like to experience more of our content I invite you to listen to our podcast Bold Blind Beauty On A.I.R. ~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 to thrive.

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Access

Caroline Desrosiers

A Q&A interview with Caroline Desrosiers of Scribely who discusses accessibility as it relates to web-based images and videos.

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Inclusion

Catarina Rivera

Monthly Beauty, Catarina Rivera is a Disability Public Speaker and DEI Consultant with 14+ years of experience in the public sector.

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Representation

Marta DiVito

Representation Matters! Marta DiVito, our summer intern eloquently shares her story on why representation is so important.

Values, Mission & Vision

Our values rest on the four pillars of P.I.E.R. (Passion, Inclusion, Equity, and Respect).

Passion

Inclusion

Breaking down barriers
drives our passion.

Inclusion

Passion

We accept people where
they are as they are.

Equity

Equity

We see, hear, and
value individuals.

Respect

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We respect life; humanity,
and this planet.

Mission Statement

Bold Blind Beauty’s mission is to improve humanity by changing the way we perceive one another.

Vision Statement

Bold Blind Beauty envisions a judgment-free world where blind and visually impaired individuals are doing what they love and are equally represented in ALL areas of life.

Breaking Barriers

We believe the spectrum of blindness like any disability is a natural part of the human experience. With the appropriate tools, traning, and resources we can live extremely productive and abundant lives.

The greatest challenges we face are stereotypes and misconceptions about blindness. Societal barriers to education, healthcare, housing, technology, transportation, etc. still exist today. We believe transformation within these systems can happen through A.I.R. We’ve come a long way since the ADA became law and while air is free there are some who believe not everyone is deserving of A.I.R. We are “Breaking Barriers With A.I.R.”—Access, Inclusion, and Representation.

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What People Are Saying

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Profound”

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.

Robyn

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Heart Warming”

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.

Mrs. Marshall

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Inclusive”

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!

Deebra

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