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A Dream Of Inclusivity Is Coming True For BBB

Inclusivity is a major concern here at Bold Blind Beauty. This image is the first tactile coffee mug designed with braille. Full description is in the body of the post.

A Dream Of Inclusivity Is Coming True For BBB

Inclusivity “an intention or policy of including people who might otherwise be excluded” is one of my favorite words. Living on a planet with so many diverse people can be a challenge from an inclusive perspective. Yet, like eating an elephant the massive task of creating an inclusive world begins within each of us.

Inclusivity Begins With Vision

Have you ever envisioned something so marvelous and so vast just thinking of it makes your heart sputter? No matter what you do the idea plagues you to the point of obsession and you cannot let it go? Has your brain worked overtime seeking ways to make your dream reality so much so at times it shuts down? 

Ever since the birth of BBB aka Bold Blind Beauty we had a dream of changing perceptions on blindness. We dreamed of helping blind women feel more confident, beautiful, and empowered in a world that doesn’t quite understand or accept us. Our hope was to bring together sighted and non-sighted communities to show that we share more in common than we presume.

Our journey is taking longer than we anticipated. We’ve hit a few bumpy roads, have broken down, taken detours (sometimes down the wrong road) yet we continue moving.

Each ‘First’ Is A Celebration

From our first Woman On The Move, the Abby unveil and developing the online store, we’ve celebrated many firsts. Today, we are thrilled to show you our very first tactile coffee mug. Yes, that’s right our very first mug with tactile braille incorporated into the design. We expect to have the tactile mugs available to buy this summer, so stay tuned!

Last year we focused on updating the site. This year the focus is on marketing and expanding our line of merchandise to include pretty tactile products. Be on the lookout for some fascinating things to come over the next few months!

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A Bold Blind Beauty Coffee Mug features Abigale (Abby) to the left & right of the mug’s handle. In the center of the images are the words “Bold Blind Beauty” stacked vertically in raised braille.

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When We Connect We Are Stronger

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When We Connect We Are Stronger

Three of Diane Krek's landscape paintings are on easels behind a banquet table with Chinese Auction and Silent Auction items. In front of each auction item is a pink or blue foil gift bag for the raffle tickets.
Diane Krek’s Paintings, “BLT Art For A Cause”

This past weekend the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind (PCB) was an exhibitor at the Pittsburgh Vision Seminar. The seminar, hosted by the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) reminded me once again of how lonely sight loss can be. When we connect we are stronger because losing one’s eyesight can be a lonely experience but it can be different.

The first person I met was so upset over her sister’s sight loss to diabetic retinopathy I thought she might break down. When I asked her if her sister was given a referral to low vision rehabilitation I wasn’t surprised when she told me no. This conversation set the tone as we spoke with many people and family members of those new to sight loss.

It’s Helpful to Know You Aren’t Alone

While those attending these events are looking for a cure to their inherited retinal disease I think it’s equally important to adapt. For this reason, I am so glad several of the exhibitors were blind or visually impaired. This was an opportunity for a vital connection between sighted and non-sighted communities. My friend Diane Krek, who was recently featured in one of our local newspapers, was there with her beautiful paintings. Then there was my friend Christine and I who represented PCB.

When I lost my sight it was my friends at PCB and our local chapter who helped me get through it. So Saturday was my chance to give back by letting people see us in action. It’s so gratifying being in a position of helping people understand they are not alone in their sight loss journey and assure them that life goes on.

Giving people a few simple tools like 20/20 pens and check writing guides along with other resources enlightened them. Advising others of our local PCB affiliate in Pittsburgh gave them the opportunity to join our peer network.

Gene Therapy & Latest News

While I couldn’t stay for the entire seminar, the speakers I heard were awesome. Dr. Leah Byrne, Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh and Ben Shaberman, Senior Director of Communications, FFB shed light on the latest research. Another interesting tidbit of information was the My Retina Tracker Registry. The voluntary registry is designed to help accelerate the discovery of treatments and cures for those with inherited retinal diseases.

When We connect Featured Image Description:

A photo collage of images from the event. Left to right, the first photo is a blue and white FFB vertical banner. The only text I can read is Foundation Fighting Blindness and their website address. The second photo (top right) is the jam-packed hotel meeting room filled with people sitting at round tables. There is a big screen at the far right of the room where they shared a PowerPoint presentation. The third photo is the FFB registration table just outside if the meeting room.

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On Being Legally Blind

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Are those who are ‘legally blind’ able to hold a job? And if so, what fields would you advise them to enter?  

On Being Legally Blind Q&A 

Recently I was interviewed by my friend and fellow blogger Wendy Robinson of Wendy’s Written WordsIt’s so nice to take trips down memory lane to see how far we’ve progressed. Following are a couple of snippets from the post. You can access the entire article here: On Being Legally Blind A Q&A

Are those who are ‘legally blind’ able to hold a job? And if so, what fields would you advise them to enter? 

This is a question I’m deeply passionate about. Yes, people who legally blind or partially-sighted can hold a job, so can people who are totally blind. The idea that people who are partially sighted or totally blind cannot hold a job is a myth. In answer to what fields? I don’t feel qualified to give advice in this area except to say, ‘find your passion and pursue it’. No one is an expert at everything! With the exception of being a driver or pilot, sight or lack of sight has nothing to do with being able to hold a job.

You have been so successful that you are generously helping others with advice on mixing and matching items in their wardrobe. Can you expand on that? 

We cannot simply look at a person and think we know their story. We are complex creatures and there is so much more to us than mere appearance. My desire to change perceptions is why I share what I know, with respect to style, from personal experience.

No doubt you need help to get to appointments, social functions, and gatherings, shopping et al. Do you have designated drivers? How do you feel in losing your independence and having to depend on others?   

As far as independence, I refocused my thinking to what I am able to do vs. what I could do prior to my sight loss. For me, this boils down to choice and I choose not to view myself as dependent. Everyone is skilled or deficient in some manner and I choose to promote my strengths.

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White Q&A text and white question marks sprinkled throughout are on a multi-shaded navy blue background.

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Honing Expertise Takes Time, Focus & Elimination

“Edit your life frequently and ruthlessly. It’s your masterpiece after all.”~Nathan W. Morris

Expertise

noun
1. expert skill or knowledge; expertness; know-how: business expertise.

Mirror selfie. I'm wearing one of my assymetrical wigs. The hair sweeps over my left eye. I'm smiling and am wearing a coral lip color, silver dangling earrings and a black shearling sweater/jacker.

We usually hear from Abby today but I want to share some exciting news with you! Bold Blind Beauty is my baby and like my children, I’ve watched it grow and continue to evolve. Before writing my first words, I did some research, took some online WordPress courses, created the site, then let it simmer for a year.

During the year of simmering, I was working full-time, learning all I could about blogging, and community service gigs. Looking back, I’m still not sure how I was able to manage my time but I succeeded.

In May of this year, it will be five years since I was laid off and transitioned into retirement. Yet, these last five years have been busier and have tested my limits beyond what I could have imagined. When I first found out I would be out of a job I was excited because finally, I’d have enough time to do my advocacy work. If I only knew then what I know now.

Having worked the majority of my life it was weird redefining myself after my job ended. I was writing but didn’t feel like a blogger, taking pictures but wasn’t a photographer. As a matter of fact, during my year of simmering, my expertise boiled down to cutting back.

More Is Not Necessarily Better

When I launched Bold Blind Beauty at the end of 2014 I was all gung-ho and was going to write—every. single. day. Well, about six months or so in this plan was scrapped and it was back to the drawing board.

Trying to be all I could be with all the organizations I was working with was in the end futile. While I thought I had more time to devote to community service I spread myself too thin. Eventually, I had to let step down from several positions to regain my focus.

Today, thanks to periodic personal audits, I can easily see what needs to be removed from my life to keep me on track. Here are just a few steps I’ve taken to continue my journey:

  • Unsubscribed to email lists & only subscribe to retailers temporarily for discounts
  • Shut down Facebook and email during the day (check them in the morning, and twice during the day)
  • Deleted social media apps from my phone except for Instagram
  • Use the “do not disturb” cell phone feature and mute notifications on the computer
  • Left all but two Facebook groups
  • Use Hootsuite, a social media management tool, to schedule Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts
  • Blocked or unfriended social media nuisances
  • Frequently say no

This ongoing journey on the evolution of Bold Blind Beauty is still a learning experience for me and I love it! However, in order for me to be at my best, I’ve learned, to be selective, to be me.

The Good News 

A few days ago I was accepted into an Adult Continuing Education program. My participation will allow me to compete for a chance to win a monetary award to help fund my business. The deadline is quickly approaching but even if I can’t reach my goal it’s still a win because I’m gaining knowledge.

Also, I’ve been asked to do a breakout session at a #STEM Career Expo in Pittsburgh. This event will be for blind and visually impaired students and their parents. I’m so thrilled to be able to take part in an event geared to the growth of our future generation.

Be selective in seeking opportunities to expand your horizons. You never know what will come your way! ~Steph

 

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Stepping Into Stories

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Have you ever met someone who you immediately connected with? My friend Nicole Schultz-Kass is one of those people. Aside from being an amazing wife and mom, she’s an excellent writer, crafter, YouTuber, and friend. It’s an honor to share “Stepping Into Stories” with you. Be sure to check out her Holman Prize video submission.

Stepping Into Stories | By Nicole Schultz-Kass | Crafty Blind Chick

This is my application video for the Holman Prize 2018! The video is 90 seconds, and shows in 90 seconds, the project I would take on if awarded the Holman Prize. Please view the video, and if you are able, click “like” (“thumb’s up” icon), on the video.

The video with the top number of “likes” is guaranteed a spot as a finalist in this contest.

Also, feel free to share this post or my video. If you share it, it would be great if you could explain the highest number of likes guaranteeing a spot as a finalist in the contest so that your friends know they can show support by clicking the thumbs-up button!

I would REALLY appreciate your support! Additionally, you can check out ALL of the Holman Prize applicant videos on the Holman Prize webpage through the San Fransisco Lighthouse for the Blind. You will see INCREDIBLE ambition, energy, creativity, and adventure through the stories of these blind individuals and their applications!

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A black background with words in print and print-Braille, in varying fonts and colors, with professions, passions, and hobbies such as “equestrian”, “engineer”, “counselor”, “author”, “teacher”, “mother”, “father”, “bookworm”, and so on. in the middle of the word cloud in large, uppercase letters is the phrase, “I AM BLIND”. #blind #blindness #ambition #daringgreatly #brave #experience #adventure #storytelling #stories #holmanprize #holman #video

Oval shaped Abigale cookies. Some are teal with a white Abigale and others are white with a teal Abigale.This Instagram post was originally published on February 26, 2018, on Crafty Blind ChickNicole Schultz-Kass, Blind Mama, speaker, YouTuber, Lover of Crafts & Organization is the creator of Crafty Blind Chick. Nicole, the creator of my awesome Abby cookies, is also a Woman On The Move. Is this woman talented or what? I cannot say enough good things about Nicole because she seriously is one of the most beautiful souls I’ve ever met. 

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Reflecting Back Can Help Forge The Path Ahead

Golden hour glass. sitting atop sand with a with background. The sand is filtering through.

Back Down Memory Lane

Reflecting back really helps to put life in perspective. Like many people in my age group, my memory is fading and I struggle daily. Because Alzheimer’s runs in my family, it’s important to me to get as much done as possible. Looking back helps me to see how far I’ve come and confirms the path I’ve chosen.

The following lightly edited article was originally published to VisionAware a few years back when I became a Peer Advisor. If memory serves it was probably around the time I began Bold Blind Beauty. While many things have changed since this article was published, overall I’m pleased with the progress to date.

Stephanae (Steph) McCoy

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Eight years ago, going blind was not on Stephanae (Steph) McCoy’s bucket list. Since life threw her this curveball, however, how was she to continue her plan to change the world? Life produced the formula: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) + Life-Altering Event = World Changed!

Steph, always a little quirky, began with picky eating and excessive hand washing. Her behaviors progressed to extreme cleaning and a driven purposefulness that would make the TV character, Monk, weep. After losing most of her eyesight, Steph credits OCD for making the situation bearable thanks to many regimented routines. After developing macular holes, cataractsglaucoma, and becoming legally blind, Steph is still striving to change the world by:

  • Serving on the Board of Directors of Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh
  • Serving as a Low Vision Committee Member and Chair of the Publicity Committee of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind
  • Member of the Committee for Accessible Transportation (paratransit service)
  • Fundraising Committee Member of the Golden Triangle Council of the Blind (GTCB)
  • Led a team in raising over $10,000 in donations to finance research for Foundation Fighting Blindness
  • Campaigning for an international low vision awareness effort
  • Publicly speaking at various organizations on a range of vision loss issues

Because Steph is a single-minded, determined, advocate, and conqueror, it made sense that she would find a way to face losing her vision head-on by promoting low vision awareness and creating an open dialog to dispel societal myths on blindness and visual impairment. Helen Keller once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Steph’s vision is to educate and alter the mindset of how people view others with disabilities, and to that end, she is changing the world, one conversation at a time.

A Look Back Image Description: 

A selfie of me wearing a long-sleeve white tee with a gray vest and a Low Vision pin. I’m also sporting one of my favorite black asymmetrical wigs, the hair slightly covers my left eye. My makeup in this photo is mainly eyeliner and lip balm. A small section of my red couch is behind me as is a standing floor lamp.

For additional information:

 Visit Steph’s LinkedIn profile.

Read blog posts by Steph McCoy on the Visually Impaired: Now What? blog.

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A Valentine’s Day Greeting

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 “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of Hope.” ~Maya Angelou

I couldn’t think of a more appropriate quote for Valentine’s Day than this one by Maya Angelou.

Bold Blind Beauty is all about transcending barriers by changing the way we perceive one another. On this Valentine’s Day when we interact with others let’s err on the side of kindness and love.

Happy Valentine’s Day From Bold Blind Beauty!

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Like Threads In A Tapestry We Weave Our Story

Talk about misunderstanding. This featured image is a selfie of me weaing a black knit headband and furry sweater. I'm also wearing bright red lipstick and to many people I don't look blind.

That which we do not understand may seem to us to be incongruous. Could there be more to the story?

Understanding, is it me or does it seem to be in short supply today? Then we have assumptions, we all make them.

Unfortunately, based on our assumptions, we often come to conclusions without understanding the full story. In the realm of disabilities, assumptions can be particularly venomous.

When we don’t meet certain ‘expectations’ weird things can happen and we may find ourselves on the receiving end of a tongue lashing. For example, a wheelchair may signal to us the user is unable to stand or walk when this may not be the case at all.

There is no “all or nothing” approach to disabilities. Yet we mistreat people with disabilities because we fail to understand their individual situation.

In today’s climate, it is so easy to have our say with a couple of keystrokes. I sometimes think we forget the targets of our comments are human.

Social media furthers misunderstandings partly due to the following reasons:

  1. We don’t read an entire message
  2. We take it out of context
  3. We believe something simply because it’s published

Bold Blind Beauty believes for us to transcend barriers we need to change the way we perceive one another. The only way to achieve this goal is by sharing our stories, and being out here living our lives to shift the narratives.

Change begins with us. If we can acknowledge we don’t understand all things or all people perhaps we can open the door to learning.

Why don’t we begin with what we share in common, our humanness? We all have flaws and are not perfect. We have biases, thoughts, feelings, opinions, and pride.

Like individual threads in a tapestry, each of us is different. By ourselves, we can be colorful. However, when woven together we can create a beautiful picture telling a different story.

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2017 We’re In The Homestretch!

White text "Its Bout To Get Nostalgic Up In Here" in on a black spiral bound journal with a pencil laying next to it.

A Look Back On 2017 | The Good, The Bad, The Meh

Steph is standing with her white cane in hand in front of Bold Blind Beauty's exhibition booth at White Cane Safety Day in Market Square, Pittsburgh on October 13, 2017
White Cane Safety Day in Market Square, Pittsburgh

The 2017 year-end review, just the thought of it makes my heart race. It’s during this time I get to see how far Bold Blind Beauty has come since the start of the year.

2017 got off to a remarkable start with two focus groups. What was so exciting to me about these sessions was the ability to gain valuable insight into my target market. Receiving confirmation we are on the right track was so gratifying it spurred even more creativity.

What Were Some Of The Biggies?

People

  • I created a Steering Committee to bring together multi-talented community leaders to set our direction.
  • I worked with a designer to create more images of Abby and images for store merchandise.
  • I’m working with a web designer to update several elements on the site.
Gift basket contains Bold Blind Beauty tote bag, tee shirt, coffee mug, ball cap, Abby cookies and large print informational packet.
Gift basket for 2017 PCB Conference Raffle

Website

  • Upgrading from WordPress Premium to the Business Plan gives more flexibility in managing the site.
  • The Business Plan has a built-in e-commerce solution, so we no longer needed a separate online store.
  • Blind Beauty, the weekly mock fashion magazine highlights phenomenal blind & visually impaired women.
  • Abby’s Corner, presents fashion tips, techniques, Q&A, and reviews.
  • Cane Enabled, speaks to white cane safety, usage, and personalization.
Image: In the foreground is a closeup of two teal Bold Blind Beauty braille bracelets sitting next to a red serving tray with an open eyeglass case on top of a table. In the background is beautiful lit Christmas tree.
One of my friends sent me this photo of her Bold Blind Beauty bracelets.

Events

  • Designed Bold Blind Beauty teal and white wristbands.
  • Bold Blind Beauty was at Pittsburgh and Milwaukee’s White Cane Safety Day Awareness Events.
  • Developed the White Cane Rules of the Road, a card (printed in large type for low-vision persons—and in braille for blind persons) as part of an information packet about boldblindbeauty.com
  • Bold Blind Beauty was at the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind (PCB) Annual Conference and we donated a gift basket full of BBB swag and cookies.
Oval shaped cookies with a tall, slim, woman, wearing a dress and holding a cane in front of her as she walks forward, toward adventure and exploration, her hair styled and sassy. Half of the cookies have a teal background with a white Abigale logo and the other half have a white background with a teal Abigale logo. Most of the cookies have three Braille letter "B"s on the cookie to the right or left of the Abigale logo.
Abigale Cookies

The biggest accomplishment to date aside from the completion of the Business Plan was these fabulous Abby cookies made by my friend and Woman on the Move, Nicole Schultz-Kass. I’d love to say I shared these cookies with others but I’d be lying. Except for the three included in the gift basket, I wolfed down the remaining nine cookies.

The Abby icon is depicted shopping by holding up a teal dress on a hanger in her right hand. She is wearing a stylish black off the shoulder dress, black heels with ankle straps and a white hat with a a black band with a loose end waving. In her left hand is her white cane.
Abigale (Abby)

While we didn’t hit all of our targets for the year we made huge inroads and put things in place to make next years’ goals. As long as we keep moving forward we’re headed in the right direction.

Abby is sitting cross legged in her PJs (gray bottoms & white top with a gray collar) with a teal Abby logo laptop on her lap. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.

Thanks go out to all of you for sticking with me. It’s my hope that next year I will be able to spend more time on WordPress visiting you and making new connections.

Have a Safe and Happy New Year!! ~Steph

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A Bridge to Independence & Opportunity

When we share our stories we go beyond giving hope—we offer confirmation and affirmation that life is not over because of sight loss. Shoulder to shoulder we stand, a network offering a human bridge to carry others through their sight loss. ~Sue Lichtenfels, President, PA Council of the Blind  

Bold Blind Beauty gift basket includes a "Relax It's Only A Cane" white tote bag, white coffee mug, BBB white ball cap, BBB blue tee shirt and 3 Abigale cookies in brand colors teal and white.
BBB Gift Basket for the PCB Auction

Thursday evening was the opening session of the 82nd Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind (PCB). I was so excited for this year’s 4-day event because it was hosted in my hometown of Pittsburgh which meant I could easily travel to and from the hotel each day. Adding to my excitement was the anticipation of reconnecting with friends from across the state and meeting new people I’ve only before met in social media settings.

Sue Lichtenfels, President of PCB, opened the conference with a powerful and heartfelt message on transition. Our new tagline “PCB, A Peer Network for All Impacted by Vision Loss” extends beyond just those of us who are living with sight loss to include family, friends, caregivers, and professionals in the field.

As I listened to Sue speak I thought back to my personal transition from living with sight to learning how to live without it. Like the flame of hope shriveling up and dying, back then it seemed everything in my life was dependent upon my eyesight and I couldn’t see past the dark days that threatened to consume me.

Oval shaped Abigale cookies. Some are teal with a white Abigale and others are white with a teal Abigale.
Abigale Cookies

Crossing the bridge to grab hold of my new life without sight by becoming involved with PCB saved my life. I met and befriended so many positive, passionate people who were living their purpose and it’s because of them my view of the world has changed. Even when life doesn’t go as planned I’m more appreciative of the beauty surrounding me.

BBB sign with Abigale and 5 Coffee mugs each has a saying like, "Relax It's Only A Cane", "Blind Chicks With Attitude", "Handbag, Heels, White Cane, Ready to Conquer" and an image of Abigale. Mugs are available on the Shopping With Abby Link on the main menu.
Coffee mugs available on “Shopping With Abby

At this year’s conference I was excited to once again be a part of an organization working to improve the lives of those who live with blindness. Even though I got sick, lost my voice, and could only attend a portion of the event, I was able to represent Bold Blind Beauty in the exhibit hall. It was here where I spoke (or rather whispered) the importance of how we as blind people can live fulfilling and productive lives while eradicating misconceptions around blindness and sight loss.

Teal Bold Blind Beauty silicon bracelets with white text and braille.
BBB braille & text silicon bracelets

Like our stylish fashion icon Abigale, being confident and radiating a positive attitude of empowerment despite our blindness enables us to navigate the world with our white canes or guide dogs and our heads held high. Being Bold, Blind, and Beautiful is less about how we look and more about who we are. When we are beautiful on the inside it shines forth on the outside.

 

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From Passing To Passion—Finding Strength In The White Cane

Tri collage of me posing in front of my counter with my white cane wearing a black off the shoulder choker top, white jeans, black suede chunky high heels and silver jewelry..

“The white cane is more than just a mobility tool for blind and vision impaired users. It is also a badge of strength and boldness. It allows us to take back our lives, regardless of where we fall on the sight loss spectrum.”

Ambutech White Cane with a neon green grip and neon yellow section nearest the tip.
Ambutech White Cane

What bothered me most about my sight loss was my fear of people knowing I couldn’t see. Everywhere I went I felt so vulnerable and isolated not to mention, my anxiety levels rocketed off into the stratosphere.

Each step I took was a step closer to breaking my neck. So what was my solution as my sight kept deteriorating? I faked it of course.

Adjusting to sight loss is a process and everyone who goes through it does so in a different way. I was so used to putting on my professional mask each day. It was important to me for people saw what I wanted them to see—a composed person. Yet after work, and sometimes throughout the day while hiding in a restroom stall, I was a blubbering mess. My life was unraveling.

When I met with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) to discuss the assistive technology I would need to keep my job, I was stunned when he mentioned the white cane. To determine my needs, I had to answer questions but I never thought the white cane would enter the discussion. For Pete’s sake, I mean I couldn’t see but I wasn’t blind. I had a lot to learn.

“The only person you are fooling is yourself when you pretend you CAN see when you clearly CAN’T.” This comment from the VRC didn’t go over well with me. Even so, I grudgingly took Orientation and Mobility training to learn how to use the white cane. Once my lessons were over the cane went to my closet where it stayed for months.

My eventual acceptance of the white cane came about as I began to accept my sight loss. Meeting and befriending blind people who strongly advocate for the rights of blind persons led me to volunteer for several blind organizations. Becoming a part of the blind community and refocusing my efforts on helping others was the most important piece that ultimately gave me a sense of peace.

I still have days where I don’t feel as secure as I’d like, we all do, but when I come back to my ‘why,’ I can recharge, readjust, and refocus to stoke the fire of my passion. Improving humanity by changing the way we perceive one another is my mission and to achieve it I must continue moving forward and doing so with my white cane. I’ve found that being Bold Blind and Beautiful comes from living life to the best of my ability.

If you’re facing a similar white cane struggle, it’s okay. You got this! ~Steph

 

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Abby’s Reflections #36 | What’s In A Name?

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Insights on Sight Loss & Beauty

Abigale comes from Abilities + Nightingale (the small ordinary brown bird known for its extraordinary voice). Sometimes things aren’t as they might appear. ~Abigale

Changing perceptions is a massive undertaking but I believe anything is possible. If we could throw out everything we THINK we KNOW about a GROUP of people, allow ourselves to be accepting, and place our focus on INDIVIDUALS it brings us closer to inclusivity.

Description: A white, teal, and gray Bold Blind Beauty 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. Sporting her signature explosive hairstyle, she is wearing a headset with microphone and her white cane is propped up next to her.