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Monumental Moment: The Passage To Acceptance

Beyond Sight Magazine cover is described in the body of the post


Editor’s Note:

At various points in my sight loss journey, I volleyed between acceptance and denial which are totally human and natural responses to trauma. Today’s post while written for GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day), deeply touched me and is one of the reasons I created Bold Blind Beauty. When we talk about awareness a huge part of it is simply seeing us and respecting us as part of humanity. Awareness for anyone with a disability is not a trend, it’s our lives. The tools we use to live our lives represent strength, resilience, and independence.

The young woman you are about to meet today, Mady Amirah, has used her white cane for several years. What makes her post monumental is that this is the very first photo of her posing with her cane. She is a Boss! ~Steph

Monumental Moment: The Passage To Acceptance

Image is the same as the header without the cover and Mady is sitting facing the camera.
Mady Amirah

For Global Accessibility Awareness Day, I’m posting my very first white cane picture. For those of you who don’t know, I’m visually impaired and was born with a genetic condition called retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Without this white cane, I would be royally screwed after sunset, in any dimly lit area, or in novel environments. Although I don’t like to admit it, I am an independent woman because of devices such as this. I definitely hope this opens up a door for more accessibility posts in the future.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day always gets me reflecting on how I am able to be the boss I am. It’s days like these when we are reminded of the importance of raising awareness, and it’s my goal to raise awareness for visual impairment every day of my life. I’m applying for my MA in special education to do just that. I’m starting a blog to use my experiences to inspire others.

P.S. This whole outfit is a Ross & Marshall’s mash up.

Can you remember your monumental (literal or metaphorical) white cane moment?

Connecting With Mady

Image Description

  • Header: The Beyond Sight Magazine cover has a gray/white marbled background. The date & edition numbers are in the upper right corner in black ink. Mady’s photo is aligned on the right margin with the background appearing on the top, bottom, and left margin. In this photo, Mady is smiling, sunglasses atop her head, and holding her white cane while sitting on a cement wall. She is wearing a white tank top with blue jean shorts, sandals, and a mauve sweater exposing one shoulder. “Beyond Sight” is in large black text and a teal-colored circle with Mady’s name is in yellow text.

9 thoughts on “Monumental Moment: The Passage To Acceptance”

  1. Thank you. It is difficult but I think it was the right decision and she was the one who made it after moving back into the community nearly two years ago. At 82 living on her own again was becoming a burden and she was fearful of nearly everything. We do zoom and talk with her by phone and even in the midst of this pandemic she seems to be in a better frame of mind.

  2. I’m so sorry your mom is in the nursing home right now. It’s a hard time since you can’t go visit. Glad you get to zoom call with her. Glad she is doing well.

  3. This whole CoVID thing has knocked everyone for loop. Nearly everything in Pennsylvania was locked down except for essential businesses and I’ve been quite happy being here at home. The idea of exposing those like your parents is worrisome. My mom went into a nursing home right after the lockdown went into effect but she seems to be managing well. I was on a zoom call today and we were talking about what the world is going to look like now that they’ve begun lifting restrictions. Be safe.

  4. It has been a while. I took a break from the blogging world for a while. I was working everyday and just didn’t have the time to check in. I haven’t worked the last couple of months because of CoVID. I am a substitute teacher at a daycare, as you may recall. I told them to only call me if they were desperate because some of the children’s parents work in health care and I don’t want to be exposed and bring it home to mom and dad, who are in their 80’s. It’s been nice being home and getting some of my to-do list things done, but I do miss being around the kids.

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