Moving Beyond Sight

Guides

Dialogue in the Dark is a Social Enterprise and guides & trainers at the global Dialogue in the Dark hubs are blind or visually impaired people. They lead visitors through the exhibitions providing an imaginative, educational and entertaining experience. Progressing from initial disorientation to the joy of perceiving the world through the other senses, blind guides enable visitors to feel comfortable and safe during the exhibition tour.

We believe that the opportunity to work in the exhibition empowers blind people, as they become aware of their different abilities, their value and beauty, personality and energy. Guides working for an exhibition perceive this as a chance to move from unemployment and a sense of limitation to a fulfilling work with a social context.

In many cases, exhibition guides have been working in other positions before they became blind. They join Dialogue in the Dark because they believe in its mission and feel honoured to help raising awareness towards inclusion and diversity. In other cases, the candidates have never been working, sometimes they not even received a higher education. For them it is a long journey from a passive receiver of care and services to an active contributor to the society. Potential exhibition guide candidates undergo a strict selection process. If there is the potential to develop positive attitude, mobility and orientation, communication and presentation skills, they undergo an intensive training.