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Re – Featured episode Monday 1st of February 2016.

Dear Corrie/ITV,

As a blind person I found your ‘sketch’ regarding Eileen’s blind date very insulting.  Eileen was explaining to Pat and Jason how she had been once asked to go on a “blind date” but when she arrived she discovered the guy was actually blind. She said to Pat and Jason if she had realised that the guy was blind beforehand she wouldn’t “have put as much effort into getting ready.” What does that mean?  You don’t need to make the effort around ‘Us’ blind people?  You can be lazy with your attitude and appearance? Is that because blind people are lazy about their appearance?  Would you make a similar joke / comment about someone’s colour or religion?

Your sketch was offensive and puts people who are blind down. It gives the perception that people should not make an effort around blind people and neither do blind people make an effort. Well, I have many qualifications behind my name Sinead Kane, PhD Researcher, BCL, LLM, Solicitor, Mediator, Ultra Runner, Speaker. Why do I have these behind my name because blind people do make an effort contrary to what your show tried to portray. If any guy were to go on a ‘blind date’ with me I would like him TO MAKE THE EFFORT rather then turn up lazy and smelly. Please educate yourself about blindness.

You might say I am being oversensitive – but this is not about – sensitive – it is about – perceptions – it is about giving people who a re blind a positive perception in society. This is not about – sensitivity – it is about – respect – and showing respect to blind people. This is what I try and do on a daily basis but sketches like yours defeats my efforts. This is about being treated equally. Any fully sighted person would want a person to turn up to a ‘blind date’ making an effort and blind people want that as well. Why wouldn’t we? To me it is just common sense that we would want that respect shown to us..

I’m sure I’ll find it  – if I make the effort – to ‘Look’ but can you please send me the address to which I can forward a complaint.

Regards

Sinead Kane

Thank you to all at Irish Life – in particular Gerry Hassett, Susan Kelly, and Bill Kyle – for inviting me as guest speaker to the Irish Life Strategy Expo.

It was a fabulous few days and I enjoyed myself. #motivational #speaking

Picture of myself and Bill Kyle – Irish Life
Sinead Irish Life Talk 15th January 2016Irish Life Strategy

Minister for Children and SineadMinister Mona Sinead James ABC 12th Feb pic 6

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. James Reilly, today launched two important resources to help support young people affected by bullying, their families and teachers.

  1. Tackle Bullying, an online resource for young people affected by bullying, was developed at the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC) at Dublin City University and funded by National Lottery Funds. It is the first forum of its kind and encourages teenagers to share their experiences with their peers or offer support to others.
  2. Understanding Cyberbullying, a Guide for Parents and Teachers, by Professor Mona O’ Moore, was also launched. This book is designed for anyone who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of cyberbullying and its prevention methods. It is unique in its recommendations for best practice which draw not only on the most up-to-date research but also on the author’s many years of professional experience working with the Anti-Bullying Centre and with schools and individual children, parents and teachers. Author Mona O’ Moore commented, “There is a great urgency to address the growth of cyberbullying among our young people. The book will complement the online forum by helping schools, parents and teachers to better identify, prevent and deal more effectively with the mean, downgrading and cowardly behaviour that constitutes cyberbullying so that few children will suffer the pain of victimization.”

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