Changing perceptions begins with building awareness and promoting respect for people with disabilities. While our major topics revolve around accessibility and inclusion achieving the goal of changing the way we perceive one another will be accomplished by sharing our stories, living our lives, and having a mutual respect for one another.
“Your life can be so great, but not when you can’t see it. So really open your eyes to life. To be able to see it in all the beautiful colours that the amazing Lord gave us, to enjoy life to the fullest, to make it count.” ~Mara Lauren
Earlier this year Mara was featured on www.boldblindbeauty.com‘s “Women On The Move.” One of Mara’s greatest strengths is her ability to see way beyond the lack of physical sight. She shares deeply profound and genuine aspects of life from the perspective of a woman living with Usher Syndrome, an inherited disorder characterized by hearing impairment and progressive vision loss.
Does Mara have bad days? Yes, she does, even so, because she appreciates this marvelous gift of life she plows ahead through the pain, disappointments, and fears to share her remarkable journey with the world by encouraging us no matter what to keep going.
Be present and enjoy the moment denied to so many others who didn’t make it to this day.
“I am strong, because I’ve been weak. I am fearless, because I’ve been afraid. I am wise, because I’ve been foolish.” ~Anonymous
End this week on a positive note. Believe in yourself and don’t let anyone diminish you or your story. You are a warrior who must think of your struggles as the resistance that will increase your strength. No matter the battle formulate a plan, stoke your ferociousness, face it, then fight to the finish. You will come out on the other side a conqueror.
“Everybody, including people with disabilities, makes assumptions. Problems arise when we are not open to learning our assumption was wrong.” ~Libby Thaw, www.checkeredeye.com
My beautiful friend and dedicated advocate, Libby Thaw, has taken her awareness effort to yet another level with a tattoo. Demystifying and embracing our disabilities drives out feelings of shame and we emerge victoriously!
Image: A close-up photo of Libby waving to the camera with her right hand and wearing a black sleeveless top to display her newest tattoo. Her eye chart tattoo is on her left shoulder. The letters of the eye chart spell out S.T.A.R.G.A.R.D.T.S.E.Y.E.S.
The features I have because of albinism: my porcelain skin, my white hair, and the unique blue-grey of my eyes, these features are rare, they are beautiful, and they are MINE.
Recently I had the pleasure of featuring Nicole Schultz-Kass as a Woman on the Move in Beauty Is An Alabaster Princess. Nicole’s piece spoke to me because she is so eloquent and transparent in talking about the insecurities she had as a young woman. Once she fully embraced the very things that made her stand out she became confident through self acceptance and today she is one outstanding lady.