"A LACK OF SIGHT IS NOT A LACK OF VISION"
Our vision is to build a community where people with disabilities can connect with one another, have someone to talk to and have someone who understands how they feel. We also want to educate others about disabilities whether it's learning about the different types of disabilities, about a specific disability, or if your just curious about all of it. Many people don't think much about disabilities when it does not effect their everyday. That's why, with Tru Faces, we want raise awareness about disabilities and break the stereotypes surrounding them.
We are Based on 3 Pilars
We strive to educate individuals and organizations about disabilities and issues that the disability community faces through presentations and conversations.
We listen to our community memebrs to find out what issues the disability community is facing and use our platform to advocate for these issues.
We focus on connecting individuals with disabilities together to strengthen bonds and connections, and know that you are not alone in your journey.
Why We Started Tru Faces
We started Tru Faces in November 2018. We started it because after attending a blind school in Brantford for weekend programs, we began to understand how important it was for individuals with disabilities to feel supported and connected to their community. Having that connection can make going through something like vision loss or hearing loss feel less frightening and lonely. We knew how good it made us feel to talk to others with similar challenges that we wanted everyone to have that same feeling and support.
Why "Tru Faces?"
When first creating Tru Faces one of the things we obviously needed was a name. We believe in not hiding who you truly are, or staying true to yourself, and originally our plan had been to focus on the facial difference community so we used true faces. The “e” in true got taken off because apparently that instagram username was taken. We have also since changed the idea of just focusing on facial differences and expanded to all disabilities to create more inclusion and diversity to our page.
I'm Emilee! I'm 21 years old and I was born with Cone Dystrophy, a genetic retinal condition that causes me to have 10% remaining vision, be light sensitive and colour blind. I have about 12 pairs of colourful sunglasses to help with that.
As far as hobbies, I was a gymnastics coach, curler, outdoor enthusiast and previously competed on Junior Team Ontario for GoalbalI with a bronze at nationals. I have competed in Tandem Cycling on Team Ontario with two golds at provincials.
My disability has never stopped me from doing anything, including starting Tru Faces with my sister. I compete in pageants and am currently Miss Personality Eastern Canada 2022, Vice-Chair of the CNIB National Youth Council, a CNIB Ambassador AND drove a car, even though that is slightly illegal, just don’t tell anyone.