A native Sicilian-Italian speaker, Mariagrazia Buttitta is an author, a motivational speaker, and a mental health and disability advocate. Mariagrazia holds a Master’s Degree of Arts in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The College of New Jersey and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC).
In 2015, Mariagrazia founded an Instagram social media campaign, the (#YSS) Your Sunglass Selfie Project, using the hashtag #eye4acure in an effort to tear down stigma and negative assumptions held about the many different types of blindness that exist, including her own cone dystrophy.
Mariagrazia is a tireless advocate who aims to address and end the stigma that surrounds both mental and physical disabilities through speaking engagements, writing, and advocacy work. Her website, the cornerstone of her advocacy efforts, is also designed to help people who face the often-crushing burdens of disability and stigma to face adversity, connect with professionals, and embrace their differences.
When not working, Mariagrazia loves spending quality time with family and friends, hiking, collecting sunglasses, exercising, shopping, and hanging out with her two therapy dogs, Happy and Lucky. Her one true weakness—espresso . . . and lots of it.