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Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence

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Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence

Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence Jessica Cox Image description is in the body of the post.
Jessica Cox

Today, I feel both satisfied and a little guilty. Why? Well, as you might recall, back in December my business associate, Chelsea Nguyen of CN Vision Image Consulting and I launched our dream project CAPTIVATING!

So today I’m excited because we’ve published our second edition of CAPTIVATING! last night. I feel guilty because Bold Blind Beauty will always be my first love and it feels like I’m cheating. In truth, I know my limitations and I decided this year my focus will be mindfulness. Since my purpose is to help make the world more inclusive as long as I remain on this course I’ll be okay.

Bold Blind Beauty’s mission to improve humanity by changing the way we perceive one another remains the same. While intentionally broad, I believe if we can give people a chance by getting to know them, then we’re all enriched. Is it a perfect plan? No, it isn’t but then again as homo sapiens, we aren’t perfect either. When you think about it, if we can’t get along with all members of our families how can we possibly hope the same for strangers? We are never going to achieve 100% consensus on anything and honestly, I wouldn’t even waste my time trying.

What’s so cool about both Bold Blind Beauty and CAPTIVATING! is the idea of acceptance. Will everyone agree with us? No, and that’s okay. We are here for people who share a mutual desire to improve humanity period!

So what’s the future plan for Bold Blind Beauty? We will continue to publish content in our three main categories:

  1. Women On The Move
  2. Blind Beauty
  3. Cane EnAbled

Since Abby is a very important element here we are also looking to build upon her story. Stay tuned!

Like today, from time to time there will be some cross promotion among our websites and those of our contributors. It really is all about community and being respectful of one another. When you have a moment or two I’d like to encourage you to check out CAPTIVATING!’s January contributors:

Creating Change Through Mindfulness & Persistence Featured Image Description:

The cover of the January edition of CAPTIVATING! with the logo and name of the magazine on the top quarter. “CAPTIVATING” is written in white bold all capital letters except for the “V” which is drawn with an artistic style font in bold red and looks like a big check mark. And at the end of the word, “CAPTIVATING” is also a red bold exclamation mark. 

Our featured guest, Jessica Cox is smiling while looking straight into the camera in an outdoor shot. She is wearing a light blue short-sleeved crew-neck top. Her long brown hair, parted down the middle, is draped over her left shoulder.

Jessica Cox Image Description:

A meme of Jessica created for CAPTIVATING! In the black frame of the photo is” “The Gift Of Disability Lights The Way For Others | by Jessica Cox.” Here is a snippet from Jessica’s story that she shared with CAPTIVATING!: “I was born without physical arms but my “arms” are used to lift people up…Disability has become a gift—a way for me to light the way for others. The challenges have become more about how to lift other people up in even stronger ways.” ~Jessica Cox

A close-up photo of Jessica looking into a makeup mirror while applying her mascara with her right foot. She is wearing a light blue short-sleeved crew-neck top. Her long brown hair, parted down the middle, is draped down her back and over her right shoulder.

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Broken Glass From Pushing Boundaries | A Dedication

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Broken Glass From Pushing Boundaries | A Dedication

If you happened to come across my ramblings over the weekend I excitedly announced my latest project. CAPTIVATING! a new and soon to be fully accessible digital lifestyle magazine.

In case you missed it, in my attempt to be clever I did a little Coming Soon teaser post. Then later in the day, Digital Magazine Accessibility Experiment IRL went into a little more detail. I was so proud of my accomplishment of being a “cool kid” by using the IRL acronym I didn’t realize until after publication I didn’t define the acronym. You’ve probably already known IRL is “In Real Life.” The first time I saw it I Googled it.

I’m not afraid to admit that I’m seldom in the know when it comes to pop culture, never have been. Case in point, as I was streaming some music while working on the follow-up post, one song caught my ear. It sounded so good I had to play it again and again and then looked up the lyrics. Here I’m thinking “wow, I found a new song”―wrong! I shouldn’t have been surprised that the song now at over 9 million hits came out last year such is the story of my life.

Dancing On Broken Glass

Okay to the point of this post. The song “Broken Glass” by Rachel Platten really spoke to my heart in light of what our team at CAPTIVATING! accomplished. One person in particular, Victoria Claire, made us all look good by creating our sharp logo. I had no idea she was a graphic designer in another life and when she offered to create the CAPTIVATING! logo, I accepted her offer.

#1 CAPTIVATING! Logo description is in the body of the post.
#1 CAPTIVATING! Logo

Vicky has appeared on Bold Blind Beauty several times as we’ve become great friends. The thing that gets me about this lady is her talent. I mean I don’t there’s anything she can’t do. She’s a sculptress, composer, singer, speaker, and if that weren’t enough she surfs, skateboards, and boxes. And, while I don’t like doing this, in this case, I think it bears mentioning, she does all of this partially sighted. Yes, Vicky is losing her eyesight to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). Like many of us who experience sight loss, she had to go through some stuff before reaching the point of acceptance. To be clear Vicky isn’t phenomenal because she does these things without seeing, she’s phenomenal because of who she is.

Generally speaking, society has a hard time understanding the capabilities of people with disabilities let alone those who are blind. Like anything else in life when the desire to learn is in place there’s almost nothing we can’t accomplish. I dedicate this song to Vicky and all of my persistent, strong-willed, resolute friends who constantly push boundaries―we are survivors!! Thank you!! Enjoy!

Broken Glass From Pushing Boundaries | A Dedication Featured Image Description:

In this photo, Vicky is sitting, leaning forward, and looking directly at the camera. Her straight blond hair parted in the middle frames her face.  Wearing minimal makeup she is stunning with pink frosted lip color and intense green eyes. She is wearing a sleeveless black dress with a keyhole neckline.

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  1. CAPTIVATING! logo: captivating, is written in white bold All capital letters except for the ‘V’ in the magazine name is drawn with an artistic style font in bold red and looks like a big check mark. At the end of the word, ‘captivating’ is a red bold exclamation mark. Under the text is the tagline “The power and possibilities of inclusion are limitless.”

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Digital Magazine Accessibility Experiment IRL

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Digital Magazine Accessibility Experiment IRL

“Diversity Is Being Invited to the Party; Inclusion Is Being Asked to Dance”

~Vernã Myers

I published a quick blog post earlier today about a new project. The original idea involved creating a fully accessible digital magazine for blind and visually impaired people. As my partner, Chelsea Nguyen of CN Vision Image Consulting and I continued hashing out our plan it evolved. Since we agreed our publication should be wholly inclusive then so should our readers and contributors. So we expanded our idea to include people across the disability spectrum.

Chelsea, a talented image consultant, agreed to give our featured guests and cover models, an online consultation. We divvied up our tasks then got down to the serious business of pulling together a team of contributors. Within a couple of weeks, we had a name, domain, logo, social media platforms and more. The only thing missing? I’m glad you asked. Allow me to elaborate.

We found a cool magazine creation platform that was relatively easy to use if you don’t have a disability. I noticed missing alt text fields which are used to describe images to people who use screen readers. Not to be deterred, we asked a Techno Wizard if he knew of a company who would work with us.

During our initial email exchanges with the company, we thought they might work out. Sadly during our live demo, while the platform was WCAG 2.1 AA compliant it was a bust. WCAG 2.1 or Web Content Accessibility Guidelines is just fancy talk for sites that meet accessibility standards. Our problem was the service didn’t include the ability to create the magazine on the back end.

Where Do We Go From Here?

CAPTIVATING! is the name of our publication. Why? Because we believe people with disabilities are valuable, capable, and tenacious. The problem is society isn’t set up to accommodate many of us. Case in point, CAPTIVATING! Oh, and word on the street is a new content editor isn’t accessible (but you didn’t hear it from me). Thank heavens we developed a tagline that’s fundamental to our belief system: “The power and possibilities of inclusion are limitless!”

#1 CAPTIVATING! Logo description is in the body of the post.
#1 CAPTIVATING! Logo

Currently, there doesn’t seem to be a wholly accessible platform for people with disabilities to collaborate and design a digital publication. In view of this Chelsea and our team had to get a little creative to pull this off. Our end product isn’t perfect and as we keep going we will get better. But imagine how much we could do if we had the proper tools? This is what it’s like living with a disability day in day out.

The world wasn’t designed for us and so many times we have to create workarounds just to do basic tasks that many take for granted. Is it fair? No it isn’t which is why we advocate for change, for inclusion. Disability rights are human rights.

We couldn’t create a fancy online magazine with audio, video, alt-text and yet pretty. It just doesn’t exist yet so we had to improvise. Here is a link to the first issue of CAPTIVATING! An accessible copy of the magazine will be distributed by our friends at the NFB (National Federation of the Blind).

Digital Magazine Accessibility Experiment IRL Featured Image Description:

CAPTIVATING! Front cover: on the top Quarter of the cover page Is the logo and name of the magazine, captivating, written in white bold All capital letters except for the ‘V’ in the magazine name is drawn with an artistic style font in bold red and looks like a big check mark. At the end of the word, ‘captivating’ is a red bold exclamation mark. Under CAPTIVATING! is the tagline “The power and possibilities of inclusion are limitless.”