Mariagrazia Buttitta stops by to share her story of growing up in Sicily with Cone Dystrophy, a rare eye disease and her work with Eye2Eye. She also discusses her book, Now I See, where she chronicles her struggles with acceptance, mental health and give...
Mariagrazia Buttitta stops by to share her story of growing up in Sicily with Cone Dystrophy, a rare eye disease and her work with Eye2Eye. She also discusses her book, Now I See, where she chronicles her struggles with acceptance, mental health and gives John a beginner’s lesson on the art of making Sicilian style espresso.
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Author. Motivational Speaker. Advocate
Mariagrazia Buttitta, MA, NCC
A native Sicilian-Italian speaker, Mariagrazia Buttitta is a National Certified Counselor
(NCC), an author, a motivational speaker, a wellness and health enthusiast, and a
passionate 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. Mariagrazia — the author of, Now I See: How I Battled Blindness, Mental
Illness, an Espresso Habit and Lived to Tell the Tale, has also been featured on
the Huffington Post, Medium, Writers Digest, and Counseling Today (a publication of
the American Counseling Association), to name only a few outlets.
In 2020, Mariagrazia joined Rutgers Eye2Eye Peer Support Program for Vision Loss
as a program promotion, outreach, and peer support specialist. Mariagrazia is a
tireless advocate who regularly educates and speaks to college students and
organizations about her blindness and her long-term battle with depression and
When not working, Mariagrazia loves spending quality time with her mother, family,
and friends, writing, riding her bike, exercising, shopping, hanging out with her Shih
Tzu furry friend, Happy, and embarking on life’s adventures. Her one true
weakness—espresso … and lots of it.
If you want to book, collaborate, or get in touch with Mariagrazia, visit her website at
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