“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much”
VIP Community Raises Voices & Shares Common Vision
It’s so exciting to see how the VIP Community (short for visually impaired people) continues to grow by leaps and bounds. YouTuber team Matt and Corey of Blind to Billionaire help this growth by promoting the work of fabulous VIPs.
In Blind to Billionaire’s latest YouTube video, they feature 25 blind and visually impaired online communities. Everyone in this video sheds some light on what they are doing to raise awareness on blindness and visual impairment. Below the video are links to the channels I could locate.
What’s so nice about being part of a community is working towards a common vision and drawing strength from one another. Each of the channels represented demonstrates the amazing possibilities VIPs can achieve. Together we are raising our voices to break down barriers and promote inclusion.
So the answer to how you can help is simple, just remember the 3 S’s:
Support our efforts by being a VIP Champion. You can do this by becoming more familiar with us. I promise, most of us don’t bite.
Subscribe and/or follow our online communities and engage with us.
Share our content.
VIP Community Raises Voices Featured Image Description:
A closeup image of a gray microphone on a white background.
Standing Apart An Empowering Message To Teens From A Teen
I am honored to introduce you to 12-year-old Blogger and Empowering Teen Extraordinaire―Maleeka. Maleeka, of the blog, Meeks Speaks, has a heart of gold and a passion for people. I love what she has to say to teens about standing apart by being unique. Maleeka, who recently received a letter from Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May congratulating her on her work, is going places.
“Unique and different is the next generation of beautiful.”
The main problem for teens, in an era of social media, is being judged and becoming someone that society demands. Media does not help especially the fashion, beauty, music industries, and those magazines that target young people. Luckily as a VIP (visually impaired person) as I can’t see images and adverts:
I have the space to find out who I am,
what I love about myself, and my unique personality
I don’t pretend to be someone I am not to be accepted by others.
Pretending to be someone you are not to impress others can cause health issues like depression, anxiety, bulimia, and anorexia. It can also make teens feel suicidal when the pressure to keep up with societal expectations are just simply unrealistic.
Being A Cool Kid
Also, people who do not “act cool” or follow the latest trends can be neglected. This is wrong because they are not appreciated and don’t get a chance to share their unique qualities. By “acting cool”, I mean dressing a certain way or using abusive language. Even bullying and disrespecting others to seem strong or being part of a collective force against a vulnerable person.
Some people also don’t stand up for injustice on another as seen as “not cool” by their peers. To me being cool is having a kind heart not about what you look like and treating people with respect. Being cool is being open to different people, their cultures and accepting for who they are.
Teens are obsessed with social media, likes, shares, and comments on their posts. But if you look deeper they really only want one true person who will accept them for who they really are. Social media is a fake reality and anyone can pretend to be anything they wish. But in day-to-day life, they may be really lonely and sad and suffer from many health problems. We all just want to have one special person or a small group of people who love you and are loyal to you
Tips To Help Yourself
Calm down, try to get away from the noise and have a think.
Understand the nature of social media and bring to your awareness that is not your real world.
Find out what you are passionate about, what makes you smile, brings joy into your life.
Find your unique way of expressing yourself whether through art, music, voice, writer, and comedy.
Put your focus on developing your area of interest and be the best you can be in your chosen passion.
Don’t take personal what people say or opinions about you. It is more important to be unique and find a special group of friends than to have many and still feel lonely.
It’s not cool to be part of a crowd but being unique is cool.
Don’t feel pressured to follow the everchanging trends that ruin personalities and confuses identities.
It is great to look good and look after yourself but don’t make this your purpose.
You will attract the people who will admire you for who you are and be happy in the process of genuine meaningful friendships and interactions with others.
As a VIP I love makeup and fashion. Luckily As a VIP, I can’t see what people are wearing or looking like so I don’t judge them for this. It is my hearts eye that “sees.” I am impressed with people who have good hearts and I like to surround myself with people who bring value into my life and I can do the same for them.
To Expect A Change
Helping people find their uniqueness is my big passion behind my blog. To empower young people not to copy others but to be you. There is only one of you just as our fingerprints are all different, we as people are all different too and should be happy to embrace this fact. This way society can grow as you bring unique ideas and creativity to the table rather than same old thoughts and being regurgitated over and over again.
“To expect a change, be the change and encourage others to do this too.”
Standing Apart An Empowering Message To Teens Featured Image Description:
Maleeka is sitting upright on a tree trunk wearing a big smile, black jacket and blue jeans holding a cane leaning to her right. A quote on the image reads: “Be Proud Of Who You Are.”
Letter From Theresa May Image Description:
This is a photo of the letter and envelope Maleeka received when she was in school. It was during her lunch break when her assistant came up to her and gave me her an interesting looking letter from the House of Commons. It was a letter from Theresa May.
I’m pleased to announce my good friend, Victoria Claire has launched a new VIP Community Resource. VIP or ‘Visually Impaired Person’ is an acronym that’s been fondly embraced by fellow VIPs. The resource, www.victoriaclaire-beyondvision.com, is a website and community where VIPs can find inspiration, support, and advocacy-related information.
Victoria, who is losing her sight to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) has an extraordinary story about how she found personal freedom in acceptance. Today, as an Ambassador for Retina UK, she’s a beacon of hope to others as she shares her acceptance journey. A journey, shared through her artwork, writing, and speaking engagements.
Losing eyesight can be a lonely and scary experience but it doesn’t have to be. If you or someone you know is going through sight loss I’d like to direct you to www.victoriaclaire-beyondvision.com.
New VIP Community Resource Featured Image Description:
The image is a screen capture of Victoria’s website landing page. It includes her photo and the site’s logo. In Victoria’s photo, she is sitting and leaning forward, with her eyes downcast. Her straight blond hair parted in the middle frames her face. She is stunning in minimal makeup and is wearing a sleeveless black dress with a keyhole neckline. The logo is on a black background with white and purple text and wings on both sides of the text. The copy reads “Victoria Claire beyond vision | Inspiring Supporting Advocating for the VI Community.” At the bottom of the image are social media icons.