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What Does Disability Look Like? People with Disabilities Are CAPTIVATING!

My name is Rebecca, and I am a visually impaired writer and Filipino-American clergywoman. I am proud to be a volunteer staff writer and contributing columnist for CAPTIVATING! The mission of CAPTIVATING! aligns incredibly well with my own personal mission to make both the church and the world more accessible for people with disabilities.

 

Our Search for Models with Disabilities Went Global!

I was so excited when Steph, one of the editors of CAPTIVATING! magazine asked me to help lead the search for people with disabilities to feature on the front of our March cover.  Throughout the campaign, I learned so many great lessons about social media and marketing that I can apply to my ministry.

Starting in February, the team at CAPTIVATING! began a search utilizing social media in order to find cover models to feature on the front of our March issue. CAPTIVATING! is a magazine that is breaking barriers and empowering people with disabilities. It was created by Social Entrepreneurs, Chelsea Nguyen of CN Vision Image Consulting and Stephanae McCoy of Bold Blind Beauty.

I am completely astonished by the multitude of amazing submissions we received through e-mail and Instagram! We received entries from all over the world and every single one was absolutely fabulous.

Every Entry Was Amazing!

Frequently, people tell me that I don’t “look blind.” I never know what to say to this because blind is beautiful. There is no one way to be blind, just as there is no one way to live your best life with a disability. Every photo that was submitted touched my heart because it served as an important reminder that people with disabilities can do anything anyone else can do- we just do it differently!

We had entries from men, women, and children from all over the world, including the United States, Kenya, and the United Kingdom. We had submissions from acrobats, bloggers, writers, and athletes. Each image captured a moment of one person’s unique and beautiful story.

I was particularly touched by the images of the children that were submitted by their parents. Seeing their smiling faces reminded me why I write (as well as why I preach!)

At CAPTIVATING! we write to change the world.

It is our hope that children with disabilities will grow up to inherit a world that is accessible and accepting of what makes them different and unique.

I love every single image that was submitted. Each image told the story of a person who was living their life to the fullest with a disability. The people in these photos are NOT inspiring “because” of their disabilities or “despite” of their disabilities. Their stories do not exist simply to inspire an able-bodied world. Their stories are all authentic, beautiful, and unique.

 

The people in these photos are amazing because they are living their best lives in a world that was not designed to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities. In a world that is often ableist and frequently hostile to people with disabilities, the people in these images choose to wake up each morning and face the world with grace, poise, and dignity.

I can’t take my eyes off of them because each and everyone is truly CAPTIVATING! 

Congratulations to our New Cover Models!

Models Selected (1)

We are so happy to announce the winners of our March cover contest:

@shines_withrp

 @kympossiblexoxo

@g_maya77 

@speakunspokenly 

and Krystle Allen!

 

It was a huge challenge for our editorial team to make a decision, but they finally decided to focus on five amazing women in honor of Women’s History Month. These wonderful ladies come from all over the world and they are all truly CAPTIVATING!
We had so many wonderful entries that we wish we could have featured all of them on our cover.
I want to say an honest and sincere thank you to every single person who submitted a photo and shared their stories with us.  We’re sorry that we can’t fit you all on the cover, but we wanted to make a space for you here in order to thank you so much for contributing!

We would like to thank everyone whose image is listed on this page: 

Carol Weeks
Caitlin Best
Rosalie Dias
Gracie (Laura Dotson-mom)
Hannah Blair
Mary Klynn
Austin Clark
Grace Nzomo
Krystle Allen
@navigatingblindness (Kai Owens & his mom, Kim)

 

Remember- your stories matter. Thank you so much for sharing your images and your stories with us!

Never be ashamed of having a disability.  Never be ashamed when people stare at us because we are different.

Let them stare at us. They can’t take their eyes off of us because We Are CAPTIVATING! 

Stay tuned for our next issue of CAPTIVATING! – COMING SOON!


 

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5 thoughts on “What Does Disability Look Like? People with Disabilities Are CAPTIVATING!”

  1. Reblogged this on CAPTIVATING! and commented:
    “Frequently, people tell me that I don’t “look blind.” I never know what to say to this because blind is beautiful. There is no one way to be blind, just as there is no one way to live your best life with a disability. Every photo that was submitted touched my heart because it served as an important reminder that people with disabilities can do anything anyone else can do- we just do it differently!” ~Rev. Rebecca

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