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Dr Amy Kavanagh @BlondeHistorian
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So here are my #BirdBox thoughts as a visually impaired person. There are #Spoilers

First, they all needed to learn cane skills. It makes life a lot easier. It gives you more information than your feet & sounds alone.
I have useful residual vision which I rely on, but I do experience frequent short periods of nothing but light & dark vision. It is extremely challenging to adapt to sudden sight loss, but of course many people do! Therefore in my opinion it’s not unrealistic that they adapted.
However, I wish there had been a bad ass blind survivor character from the start. Demonstrating how we navigate the world & maybe they could’ve RESCUED the sighted people? Instead of the blind people being passive saintly characters at the end who seemed to still NEED help.
Yes the blind people would’ve still been at risk from the sighted individuals affected by the creature...

However, wouldn’t the more interesting film have centred the radical experience of blind people in this new world when its suddenly an “advantage” not to have sight?
Also it could set up an interesting dichotomy between the experienced blind community & the at risk sighted community. The power dynamics would’ve made for a fascinating narrative & the potential for rounded complex disabled characters!
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