One can’t measure the struggles of a blind person could face in a daily basis. Despite from being disabled, they also face rampant discrimination.
Amit Patel, a former A&E doctor, lost his sight after a cornea transplant. He’s tired of being the subject of abuse and discrimination because of being blind.
Since then, he has a trained guide dog named Kika who accompanies him daily. However, people still push them out of the way and. Amit decided to attach a GoPro to his guide dog to capture the abuse he gets from other commuters as he goes around London. This has to stop once and for all.
Amit’s wife reviewed the footage and shared her thoughts about it online.
Amit shares his experience, “Kika always sits to my left hand side so we often block the escalator and people will hit her with bags and umbrellas to get her to move out of the way. The worst part is the tutting and negative comments behind me. People are so rude and arrogant and assume they can do whatever they want. One lady even said I should apologise to the people behind her for holding them up. I asked her if I should apologise for being blind and she said, “yes”.
What’s more troubling is that the guide dog is also affected. Amitshares Kika’s experience, “It really scares Kika sometimes, I can feel how upset she gets and when I get upset she senses it and she won’t go on the escalators for a few days.”
Amit still believes that there’s good in every person. Just like the man who helped Amit and Kika during the time that they got off at the wrong train station and helped them reach the correct location.
“Sometimes I wonder who is the blind person when there are people glued to their mobile phones.” Amit openly shares.
This video showed the public’s behaviour towards a blind man. Watch this video and share to raise awareness.
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