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Embracing Independence With The White Cane

Embracing Independence featured image description is in the body of the post.

Embracing Independence With The White Cane

“Failure to understand why I use a white cane on your part does not constitute an explanation on my part.”

~Stephanae McCoy

Originally published on April 28, 2017 and lightly updated.

1. Gold Ambutech Slim Line cane image description is in the body of the post.
1. Gold Ambutech Slim Line Cane

If you fear using a white cane because of what other people think, fear no more. Do this for you and no one else! Accepting your white cane offers you the irrefutable gift of independence.

While the stigma of the white cane still persists, there are increasing numbers of people opening up about blindness/sight loss. Having conversations about the topic of blindness helps to not only increase awareness but also empowers those affected by it.

Managing Bold Blind Beauty has enabled me to connect with so many others who are thriving with their blindness/sight loss. Sharing stories of our featured guests continues to stoke the flames of my passion for advocacy. Breaking down barriers, focusing on abilities, and pushing for inclusion by connecting sighted and non-sighted people is key.

If you’ve been following me for some time now you know that blindness is unique for each individual. There is no one way to ‘look’ blind and thankfully technology is helping to open doors previously inaccessible to us.

2. Posing with my black Slim Line Ambutech Cane image description is in the body of the post.
2. Posing with my black Slim Line Ambutech Cane

I’m now 58 years old, still don’t ‘look’ like I’m blind and there is no need to prove this to anyone. Today, I boldly use my white or colored cane depending on my mood. There was a time when foolish pride and worrying about what other’s thought kept me from doing what’s best for me ‚ÄĒno more. Nowadays when I fall it’s no longer a joke, it actually hurts. So to keep from stumbling, I use my white cane and I’m ALL IN!

There is no shame in having a disability or using a white cane or other mobility device. So SHINE ON!! Get out there and LIVE lifeūüíĖ You got this!

#NoFear #NoShame #NoExplanation #YouGotThis

Embracing Independence With The White Cane

A tri-collage of me posing with my white cane in front of my counter. I’m wearing a black cold shoulder top, blue jeans and light colored mules.

Additional Images:

  1. A photo of my Ambutech Slim Line gold cane and one of my mustard pointy slingback flats.
  2. I’m posing outside with my black Slim Line¬†#WhiteCane wearing ivory leggings, tan tank under a tan dolman sleeve sweater, and sneakers. My white backpack is sitting next to me on a wall.
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Style & The White Cane Can Coexist

Style & The White Cane Can Co-Exist

Real Beauty Transcends Barriers

Bold Blind Beauty

Style & The White Cane Can Coexist

Beauty, Blindness & The White Cane

Stephanae & white cane Image Description is in the body of the post.
Stephanae & White Cane

“But you don’t look blind” Many of us blind/VI ladies hear this quite often, especially if we are stylish and walk confidently with our white canes or guide dogs. But here’s the thing, if someone told you they had cancer to say “you don’t look like you have cancer” would be considered rude. The same holds true for blindness and many other disabilities. Fact is there are many fashionable and attractive women who happen to be blind. The thing that sets us apart is we refuse to let our lack of eyesight prevent us from living life on our terms.

I think it’s important for all of us to remember things aren’t always as they might appear.

“Everybody, including people with disabilities, makes assumptions. Problems arise when we are not open to learning our assumption was wrong.”¬†

Libby Thaw, The Checkered Eye Project

Featured Image Description: 

I am posed standing in this photo (a collage of three images) with my white cane. My outfit is a black tee, black leggings, black crisscross heels, gray long hooded vest.

Additional Image:

Another tri-collage where I’m standing with my white cane against my counter in the living room. This time I’m wearing all white (jeans, cami, open shirt) with beige block-heeled lace-up sandals. A silver cuff bracelet, statement necklace, and earrings complete the look.