Vermont visually impaired community discourages 'Bird Box Challenge'

BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Netflix movie "Bird Box" has inspired a viral trend of people blindfolding themselves and trying to complete everyday tasks.

That's because the movie is about a mom who blindfolds herself and her kids to protect them from a monster.

Netflix has asked people to stop putting themselves in danger trying this "challenge." Now, so is the executive director of the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Steve Pouliot says it's upsetting to the community and just not indicative of what a visually impaired person actually deals with.

"It makes them look kind of silly. It definitely makes people more fearful of having a vision impairment and it's not as bad as what that is being portrayed," Pouliot said.

Pouliot says his association has mobility experts to work with people and help them remain independent and involved in their community.