Unseen & Unspoken

Hey amazing friends, as an optometrist in the making, i have come across a handful of people with visual impairment and dyslexia and i must say the neglection and tough “daily” experience some talk of is enough to literally make a heart bleed. I remember one who said she had to cry out to a neighbor saying “I can’t see but I breath the same way you do” so it is necessary for us through any means possible to create awareness and educate these individuals on how to properly care for one with a disability, encourage these individuals with disabilities to focus more on their strength, encourage those who already know their strengths and won’t let anything stop them and also create opportunities for them in any way we can in order to improve their quality of life. Dear friends, are you a poet? with or without a disability? Do your magic! because we care, because you are able and of course a disability never defines a person. #iamABLE #mydisabilitydoesn’tdefine me


To commemorate World Braille Day, the Commonwealth Youth Council launches “Unseen & Unspoken.” This is a segment of creative expression of the #iamABLE campaign through the art of poetry. The theme of the competition is “My disability does not define me.” The theme can be interpreted many ways – writers could focus on achievements and talents they have in spite of a disability, or positive traits they have or have developed as a result of their disability. The objective of the competition is to raise awareness of the experience and lives of young people with disabilities which are often unseen and not spoken of. Note that the CYC is taking a broad definition of disabilities to include visible and invisible disabilities such as autism and dyslexia.


Below are the guidelines for the poetry competition:

Who can apply?

  • Aged 15 – 29 years old
  • National of Commonwealth country
  • Applicants with disabilities…

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