A man who has been blind since he was 14 years old says he feels betrayed by blind people, and wants to end the “blind blind faith” phenomenon.
Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland on Saturday, Kevin McClelland said he has not heard from anyone since he became aware of the blind faith phenomenon, in which blind people say they want to see blind people but are rejected.
“I don’t know where blind people go to be blind but they don’t go anywhere,” he said.
“It’s a little bit of a sad situation.”
Mr McCleldens parents are blind and he has been unable to work in a company with people with vision impairments.
He said he was trying to “save” blind people from themselves.
“What if I went out blind and I saw somebody else that had vision, what would you do?”
I’m not the person to tell them they’re wrong, it’s my job to make sure they get the help that they need,” he added.
Mr McClesant said he hoped the incident would encourage others to be more open and understanding.”
When we do get someone that has vision impairment, I’m hoping that by making them aware of it, hopefully that maybe we can encourage them to take the time to be open and have conversations with someone that understands,” he told RTÉ.
Mr McClane said blind people in particular needed to accept their disabilities.”
It’s hard for blind people to be accepted by others, they’re so ashamed of it and they can’t see,” he noted.”
We’re still trying to see if we can help them and make them feel better about themselves.