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Image Shift

Shifting Perception of Disability

it only takes one to make a difference

Shifting Perception' of thoughts


Jo is trying to make a difference as small as it may be. Shifting Perception firstly requires understanding, then acceptance, then action. Let’s start in our own backyard – right here – right now . It Only Takes One to Make a Difference...​

The video on the website on body image sparked the idea for this event. The combination of the article and the videos, and obviously my experiences living with severe disability, sparked the creation of:

'Image Shift'

Joanne strives to show that disability does not have to be considered unfair, that is just how it is, 

but it can be taken to another place of thought, where beauty can be encompassed..

The second video is a strong typical style of statement, invoking a nodding head of empathy and the thought of unfairness. The first video shows disability in a different light of art and beauty.


Yet both vibrate from the heart.... 

Disability can be seen from two different viewpoints: from a place of discrimination anger and unfairness; or from a place of ACCEPTANCE, SERENITY and BEAUTY.

Image Shift' was created to inspire and help others find their sparkle as well.

Even if only for one day, the effect will be long lasting. 'Shifting the Perception' is not about the discrimination, but about seeing disability through different eyes of beauty and sparkle.

Jo states; A common misconception for people living with disability is that being beautiful and made glamorous is out of the question. But former Melbourne designer, Jo Blesing, who has lived with multiple sclerosis (MS) for the last 17 years has a vision to inspire an image shift.

 In October 2021 Joanne will host an evening inaugurating the new wave of attitudes towards the disabled and their image.

 Shifting Perception firstly requires understanding, then acceptance, then action.

Acknowledgment of country:  image Shift and Joanne blesing acknowledge​ the Traditional Owners and Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to their cultures, Elders past, present and emerging.