Opportunity for groups to interact with vision impaired people
Guests are supported with a white cane while a guide who is blind or vision impaired provides skilled leadership through life’s everyday challenges and activities. Within a 60-minute tour experience, visitors collaborate without sight and discover how to orientate and move themselves in the dark and identify the world around them through the other senses.
Dialogue in the Dark has partnered with Guide Dogs Australia to bring the exhibition to Australia.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Guide Dogs Australia to be able to offer meaningful job and social inclusion opportunities for people who are blind and vision impaired, and ultimately, for the sighted community to really take a walk in the shoes of someone with vision impairment,” said Guide Dogs Victoria CEO Karen Hayes.
“People can expect to feel exhilarated, empathetic and inspired as a result of this experience. Together we have the power to create a lasting social impact on our prejudices of blindness as a result of what our guides can teach us.”
Guide Francois Jacobs said the general public is often hesitant to engage with blind people.
“There is an apprehension of what you should and shouldn’t do,” Jacobs said. “Blindness is just another attribute and as soon as you can cope with what affects your life, the happier you will be.”
Workshops for corporate and community organisations are available for more hands-on experiential and non-visual perception teaching. Led by facilitators with blindness or low vision, groups are encouraged to work together to enhance problem-solving, communication, team-building and social skills.
For more information visit www.dialogueinthedark.com.au.