Spotlight on Stephanae V. McCoy
A Passion for Fashion
I’m so excited to introduce Stephanae to you!
She’s from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, my home state, and lives less than three hours from me. It would be wonderful to meet up with her in person. I first “met” Steph through our VisionAware connection, which led me to her blog. Her upbeat, bubbly personality immediately captured my interest and the different topics on fashion she posted kept me coming back to read more.
An Unusual Formula!
Eight years ago, going blind was not on Stephanae (Steph) McCoy’s bucket list. Since life threw her this curve ball, 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!
Changing the World…
With most of her vision gone, Steph credits OCD for making the situation bearable, thanks to numerous regimented routines. So, after the development of macular holes, cataracts, glaucoma, and a legally blind diagnosis later, she 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 on 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
One Conversation at a Time
Since 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.
I love it how Steph is creatively using her sense of style and fashion as a vehicle not only to continue incorporating something she loves into her own life but also to use it to encourage others to live and feel their best, regardless of vision limitations.
Check out her article: “How can I be fashionable in the new year if I am a blind or vision-impaired woman?” This post can also be found on her blog.
How do you feel about fashion, or making a fashion statement? What aspect of style / fashion most interests you? Looking forward to reading your comments!