My Thoughts on the Bird Box movie and The #Bird Box Challenges

I found out about this movie and the Bird Box Challenges When I watched YouTuber’s Joy Ross’ video, Talking about Bird Box and demonstrating the audio description feature! Since I had never watched a movie, on Netflix, using audio description before I decided to check it out. I liked being able to see the movie better because of the audio description feature, however I did not like the film as a whole because of the content.  The movie is about people who cannot leave their homes without taking off their blindfolds.  These creatures who are outside are dangerous to these people.  If the people go outside without their blindfolds, and they see the creatures these creatures will tell the people to kill themselves. In general, I do not watch action-based movies that often. I know that some people may like the movie and that is fine.

Furthermore, I do not care for these Bird Box Challenges.  The Bird Box Challenges are where normal sighted people are wearing blindfolds and doing daily tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, ect., because the general public are trying to experience the world like a person who is blind or visually impaired.  So far from what I have seen of them, people are getting hurt by doing unsafe things. I feel that these challenges do not give the general public better understanding of what it is like to be visually impaired or blind. I would rather the general public get a better understanding by gaining correct information, and there are several ways that you can do this. First, you can read blogs, not only can you read my own content, such as my latest Christmas Party Fun (Independent Living Skills Series 30), to find out what training is really like for someone who is blind or visually impaired, but you can read a great blog, that my friend, Holly wrote, What do blind and visually impaired people think about the Bird Box Challenge?, besides Holly and I there are other great bloggers who share their experiences on what their lives are like. You can ask questions about different eye conditions the next time you go see your eye doctor.  You can even experience what it is like to be blind in a safe way, such as taking workshops at local training centers. Lastly, you can reach out to other blind and visually impaired people to ask questions; you can reach us on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, ect. Remember, I am open to questions so do not hesitate to ask. 😊

I rather the general public have correct information then to try to figure it out on their own and get hurt in the process.

2 thoughts on “My Thoughts on the Bird Box movie and The #Bird Box Challenges”

  1. I agree, Amanda. Hopefully the people taking the challenge will come away with a positive experience. “Wow, that was hard, but it can be done.” However, this type of thing has been done over and over with wheelchairs. Like the blindfold and no training, the wheelchairs used are cheap, and the person gets no inkling of what can be done with a custom chair. Neither do they get the feeling of permanence because the test will be over in 5 minutes and things will be “normal.” You make some good points.

    1. Thank you for your comment. It is hard for me to help people understand what it is like to have low vision too. Because I am in between two worlds, I am not sighted enough to drive a car nor “Blind” enough for a guide dog. I wish people could understand better. By no means are these challenges helpful.

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