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Abby’s Reflections #6 | Universal Design

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Insights on Beauty & Sight Loss

“Using unlimited imagination to design inclusive products and services for blind and VI people will benefit everyone because when we, to the best of our ability, design at the outset from an inclusive perspective no one is excluded.”

Description: A white, teal, and gray template utilizing the ‘Abby’s Corner’ image of Abby sitting cross-legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Behind Abby to her right is a teal colored Christmas tree with a gold star and ornaments. She is sporting her signature explosive hairstyle while wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her. In the background are light gray snowflakes.

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Women On The Move: Rose-Ann Lyons

What am I Doing Now? How is my Life? It takes Courage!!

After losing my Peripheral Vision in a Boating Accident on July 1st, 2008, it has been a long journey. Nine years later, this is “NoW” What I am doing?

I am learning to Curl! I have joined the Kelowna Curling Team for the Blind and I am being Coached by Dan Martel at the Kelowna Curling Rink. I am providing pictures of what my Coach has created in me with one month of coaching in February; then the season ended, and of coaching that started up on October 8th; the season beginning. I have a whole truckload of thank yous’ to my Coach. He has helped me and inspired me; resulting in me developing a “NeW” passion: Curling! I love to throw the Rocks! I love the ride!   

I have previously provided an Article as a Guest for Bold Blind Beauty.  With this subsequent Article, I am elaborating on What am I Doing “NoW”?

It began when I was approached at Christmas, 2016, and was asked to attend at the Kelowna Curling Rink to Curl with the Curling Team for the Blind. It was February 2017, and I had not yet attended at the Curling Rink. What was stopping me? What was I afraid of? I got upset with myself. I decided that I was going to the Curling Rink. It was the 1st Sunday in February 2017, my Guide Dog in Harness, my husband driving and I was heading to the Kelowna Curling Rink. I had been informed that the practice started at 10:00 a.m.on Sundays. It was 10:45 a.m.; Sunday morning, I’m late! but I was on my way.  

I was tempted to ask my husband all along the way to turn around; take me home. Entering the parking lot, I was still thinking about turning around; take me home. “THeN” the truck stopped at the doors. I inhaled a deep breath! I got out! I “NoW” knew there was no turning back! I walked in and was approached and welcomed by such warm, kind, people. I relaxed! No more panic! The “fun,” the “joy,” the “excitement” began!! When I arrived, I was asked what I wanted to do. I have never curled before so I said I was there to learn to Curl with the Curling Team for the Blind. There was one month left before the Curling season was ending. I began learning to Curl! Coach Dan Martell gave me lessons and with his coaching skills and inspiration, I developed a new passion. “Curling!”

It was a huge step for me to take A N D I am now part of something that gives me great “joy.” New team! New friends! An outing in the winter months! I love the game! I am starting in a Ladies League; with one percent vision, in the second week of November; that being twice a week. I love it so much that I will Curl in the Ladies’ League and continue to Curl with the Team for the Blind. Love the game!! Love to Curl!!


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Guest Post: Angie Roberts

The Christmas Sweater

Mmmmm…love it! Or hate it? In the UK we have this tradition it’s called ‘The Christmas jumper’ think back to Mr. Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’s Diary, he was hot but not his Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer jumper!!!

  • In the pictures are a Lego Santa black jumper
  • A quite nice red jumper with a cream heart and sparkly gold reindeer antlers, I like that one it’s kinda cute and low-key lol.
  • The dreaded Christmas Penguin with Santa hat and snowballs! The jumper itself is a lovely mid blue which is quite pleasant.
  • Christmas tree and gifts with delicate snowflakes not for me! The jumper is again a lovely royal blue. A black jumper with a red nose Rudolph with gems hanging from his antlers.
  • Then there’s this one I am afraid of Christmas pudding with a sprig of Holly on the top. No, it doesn’t work for me. The last thing I want is to look like is a Christmas pudding!

What do you think? Christmas jumper/sweater… would you give one a home this Christmas? 🎄🎄🎄

About The Author:

Angie Roberts is seated and holding her white cane in front of her. She is looking like a rock star in her fabulous oversized shades, a sheer black cover-up over a black flapper dress, and jewelry.

Angie, a fashionista from the UK, manages Abby’s Fashion Brigade, a gathering place for blind and visually impaired women to talk all things fashion. A young heart attack survivor, Angie says: “There is no positive in going blind, but there is positive in not giving up! Wear it the way YOU want, do it the way YOU like…never give up on your self.”


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Blind Beauty Issue #13 | Megan Darcy

Meg is looking fabulous in oversized shades as she poses for the camera with white cane in hand and her daughter, Emily in her carrier on Meg's back. Meg is wearing a stylish red coat, blue jeans, and knee-high tan boots. They are in a playground on a bright, sunny day.

“I can allow others to disable me through the filter of their ideas, assumptions, opinions, expectations, and experiences. Alternatively I can go out and do this on my own terms. creating my own ambitions, accomplishments, and version of success.” ~Megan Darcy

Description: Featured image is a mock magazine cover titled Blind Beauty. Meg is looking fabulous in oversized shades as she poses for the camera with her white cane in hand and her daughter, Emily in her carrier on Meg’s back. Meg is wearing a stylish red coat, blue jeans, and knee-high tan boots. 

Blocks of text superimposed on Meg’s photo are: “Bold | She Keeps Pressing Onward,” “Blind | She Has Deeper Insight,” “Beautiful | She Sees To The Heart Of Others.” 

An avid runner, Megan is also a wife, mom, fashionista, and author of Blind Mama. If that weren’t enough, when Meg puts on her entrepreneurial hat, she runs Taylored Thinking, maker of creative fashionable accessories and athletic gear for people who are blind or visually impaired. 

Special Note: In celebration of the Christmas season Meg is hosting a Giveaway today through Saturday, December 9. Be on the lookout for the tag #megsgiveaway on Bold Blind Beauty’s IG and FB pages.