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Local photographer leads effort to draw awareness of invisible disabilities

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:35 AM EST
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NEW RIVER VALLEY, Va. (WDBJ) - In the New River Valley, a woman is working to help people with invisible disabilities - by taking their picture.

She wants to show the community how a photo can help others see what they don’t know is there.

Vici Davis sees folks through a different lens.

“It’s crazy to believe how much people go through on a daily basis that people just don’t say they can’t see it, so they don’t think it’s there,“ said Davis, a local photographer.

She knows their stories, things people don’t see.

Like Kayla Crowder, who has Type One diabetes, or a mother battling depression, and her young daughter living with Atretic Meningocele.

“I wanted to do this to show them that just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there and does not mean it doesn’t affect the person that that goes through it every day,” said Davis.

Davis simply takes their photos for free to show the world that living with an illness doesn’t always look the way they think.

“I think that people, if they can’t see it, like if they don’t see you in a wheelchair, they don’t see you walking with the cane or they can’t see inside your head, they can’t know what you’re going through or what you’ve been through, what you go through on a daily basis,” said Davis.

She wanted to do something good to kick off 2021 to show those with invisible disabilities that they are awesome, despite everything they have been through.

“I live with them myself some and I see how hard it is for people who have these disabilities that the people can’t see, and how hard it is to be judged for that,” she said.

Fighting a fight no one can see. Davis hopes to change the narrative about invisible disabilities and make sure people can see these faces and know they are strong.

“You’re powerful, you succeed more than you could ever believe. Just living one day at a time with these disabilities is amazing, and you’re an amazing person and don’t give up,” said Davis.

She hopes to gather all the photos she takes and put them in a gallery for others to see.

Davis plans to do the photo sessions until January 14. To learn more or to book an appointment, visit her professional Facebook page Victorian Rose Photography.

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