“People of Differences” means People with disabilities such as the blind, the deaf etc. All of them have different abilities or talent, we build a platform for them to showcase their abilities or talent. In addition, we create opportunities to let “healthy” people regain their awareness of “People of Differences” and to gain new knowledge and understanding. It is our mission to engage “People of Differences” to create social impact.
“Impossible is possible”
Amblyopia (low vision) caused by a brain tumor which affected the optic nerve.
I have been working in Dialogue Experience for 10 years. It is very meaningful, together with colleagues creating a social impact. This motivates me to keep going.
I have a motto “Believing impossible is possible”. I can learn Guzheng, the Chinese musical instrument despite of many obstacles I face. I always share this learning experience and my motto with customers. Hope I will achieve more goals in future.
“To succeed, I must always exhibit perseverance”
Hello, I lost my hearing at the age of 3 caused by a fever.
I joined Dialogue Experience in 2011. I am responsible for designing Silence workshop. I often encounter problems, but I don’t give up. I keep improving, trying in many ways and designing different props to enhance the workshop experience. I feel glad when clients being inspired by my workshop.
I like repairing electronics and playing 3D printing in my spare time, which require a lot of concentration and perseverance, and help me understand “To succeed, I must always exhibit perseverance”.
“Stay positive, let happiness find me”
When I was in secondary school, my eyesight was damaged due to a brain tumor pressing the nerves. I suffer a low vision after surgery.
I worked as a part-timer in Dialogue Experience at the beginning then became a full-time. For the past six years, I have been participating in various activities, such as a tour guide and a workshop trainer. I am amazed by colleagues’ talent even though most of them are visually impaired. I learn how to get along with people. In addition, the working atmosphere is harmonious, and the interactions among colleagues are very enjoyable.
I always stay positive, letting happiness find me.
“Success is the result of persistence”
Lost my hearing when I was 6 months old.
In prior to Dialogue Experience (DE), I had worked in different positions such as the accountant, merchandiser and administrator etc. Working in DE not only gives me a fresh perspective on my career, but also new challenges. I work with Silence Team to organize various “soundless” events, which fosters my knowledge and experiences.
My motto is “With perseverance, nothing you can’t do!”. I can accomplish my motto through working in DE and become a more influential person.
“Never Give Up”
Because of congenital reasons, I lost my sight when I was born.
I join Dialogue Experience (DE) since 2009. I attained a successful transformation from working in the dark to implementing the social projects in the light. I am glad that I can add value to DE. We do face changes and embrace challenges whenever at any circumstances, just like tidal, but I “Never Give Up”!
I like hiking very much. I am a full marathon runner, always believing I can run to the finish line. I do face hardship, but I do believe that I may embrace the sun and rainbow after the heavy raining.
“All roads lead to Rome that are solutions to tackle with difficulties”
Because of my pre-mature birth, I was born with only 5% of eyesight in my one eye only. Currently, I have lost my total eyesight.
Fortunately, I had got the blessings to grip the opportunity to study law and was admitted as a solicitor of the High Court and conferred as an accredited mediator in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
We, as people of differences trust the belief that we can create amazing miracle, change of wrongly seen dark and bedimmed life whenever we treasure each chance of utilizing so as to have room to demonstrate our ability to others. Even the darkness will not be dark to me, darkness should never hinder my way to a broad and open road with brightness up until the end of my life. Persistence and preserving of willpower determination are the only effective techniques to free the barrier.
“One should serve PoDs not because of their bodily conditions, but because of their abilities and talents”
Due to a congenital glaucoma, I gradually lost my sight from adolescence, until I was totally blind at 26 years old.
I was a fresh grad in the IT sector upon losing my vision. The event struck me to the point where I didn’t have the courage to leave the door of my house. Thanks to the EMPOWER program from Dialogue in the Dark (HK) Foundation, I am now able to serve as the IT technician here.
I believe that one should serve PoDs not because of their bodily conditions, but because of their abilities and talents. Personally, I am actively trying to implement this notion in my life. In the workplace, you need no IT skills to help me. On the family level, I still actively take care of my children. As each of us have our strengths and weaknesses, we are all PoDs.
“Each and Every one of us is unique and important”
Amblyopia (low vision) caused by an eye disease, called Retinitis pigmentosa.
I joined Dialogue Experience as a Tour Guide of Dark experience in 2010. To me, it is not just a job. I am very happy working and learning here. My communication and cooperation skills has been improved a lot. I meet people from all walks of life, exchanging experiences and sharing stories with one another. Also, I discover that “Each and every one of us is unique and important”.
Hope that I will do even better in future and stretch my abilities to the fullest.
“I am a nature lover”
I have been diagnosed with a hereditary condition known as LHON at the age of 18 and have lost most of my central vision.
After a degree in psychology attained, I completed a Master’s program in counseling. I now work as a counselor in Dialogue Experience.
I enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking or camping because I love the natural environment.
“Be a blessing to others”
Amblyopia (low vision) caused by macular degeneration at the age of 12.
After studying in New York, I joined Dialogue Experience (DE) as a tour guide and a workshop trainer in 2010. I used to think that visual impairment is a limitation. However, DE gives me an opportunity to showcase my talents and I enjoy working here, just like living with a family.
I love playing piano and listening to music. I wish my life would be like my Chinese name, meaning living happily and being a blessing to others.
“Overcome fear to success”
I became deaf due to a high fever at age 5.
When I started to work in Dialogue Experience, I was very worried about communication and working with colleagues. Surprisingly, my colleagues are very patient and empathetic, and Dialogue Experience (DE) has hired a sign language interpreter, which make me feel reassured. DE also provides various training and support to enhance my communication and cooperation skills. So now, I have confidence at work, being a workshop trainer and a host of all kinds of activities.
Despite of difficulties of being a deaf, I still pursue my interest in drama and art performances in my spare time. I wish I would perform more dramas with hearing people.
“Never be defeated and never give up”
Visually impaired for almost 22 years. Back then, I was diagnosed with Optic Atrophy after a brain tumor surgery. Now I can see a bit dim light and shadow within one metre.
I’ve been working with Dialogue In the Dark as a Tour Guide for ten years. Although the working environment is in pitch darkness, being able to meet with different people from all walks of life really makes my life full of colour.
During leisure time,I like watching football match. My favorite team is Manchester United because of their never give up and never say die spirit. They can always turn the adversity around. Quietly telling you, Me too, won’t to be defeated. Haha!
Thank you for your help Daniel! It was a really great experience with you as our tour guide.
“I don’t need to save the world, but at least I can empower”
I experienced from seeing to not seeing since I was fourteen.
Initially, I felt hopeless. With others’ support, I picked myself up and went to study and work as an engineer and then as a counselor in the USA. Then I was glad to have the privilege to serve as the Deputy CEO of Dialogue in the Dark (Hong Kong) Foundation, to work with such a dynamic and compassionate team to help the community.
I love to encourage others as I was encouraged by so many others. Therefore, I enjoy saying “good morning” and offering gifts to others as ways to spread my joy.
“I can look into the future”
Diagnosed with Macular Degeneration during primary school, resulting in an amblyopia (low vision).
I joined Dialogue in the Dark in 2012 as an assistant event manager. Besides as a Tour Guide for Dark experiences, I am also a workshop trainer to facilitate staff development workshops for corporate clients, and in charge of event planning such as Dinner in the Dark, Concert in the Dark and other occasional events.
I am so grateful that I work at a place filled with possibilities and opportunities throughout the years, where I can look into the future. I am keen to share my experiences and working on Dark experiences, hoping to promote a more harmonious society.
“Happy to work with all the great colleagues in DE”
Complete sight loss caused by an accident in 2006.
I joined Dialogue Experience in 2010. I work on Experience development and Experience Team management. I am proud to be a member of Dialogue Experience, working with great colleagues, together promoting PoD’s talents and social inclusion to the society.
I hope more and more PODs can be employed in different fields, to create a more inclusive society.
Stepping outside your comfort zone, you may gain more than you expect
Sight loss caused by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), I could still distinguish between light and dark.
I attained a degree in Building Services Engineering and used to work in the electrical supply field. Fortunately, in 2010, I had the opportunity to join Dialogue Experience, reentering the workplace. Working in such an amazing organization, I can promote social inclusion to the Public thorough Dark experiences.
I never did sports in the past. And then, I created a habit of exercising originally just to achieve a healthy lifestyle. With the structural and regular training, I have run 20 full marathons up to now. I believe by stepping outside your comfort zone, sometimes you will gain more than you expect.
“Your changes drive me forward”
I became visually impaired at the age of 3.
I started working in Dialogue Experience (DE) in 2008. I graduated from the department of social science in youth counseling in Hong Kong Baptist University in 2016. I am responsible for counseling and training related work in DE. The positive impact that our job has made on the society as well as the individuals is very rewarding. Throughout the years, the public getting more understanding and supportive to the people with disability, more barrier free facilities built in the community.
The growth and progress of the clients that I have walked along side with are the main motivation that drives me forward.
“Dialogue Experience likes a Family”
I suffer from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a genetic disorder characterized by weakness and wasting in muscles used for movement. Due to my limited mobility, I rely on my electric wheelchair in daily living.
I joined Dialogue Experience family as an assistant accounting officer in 2016, my first full-time job. I gain fruitful experiences in managing account receivable and reporting. Also, colleagues are friendly and helpful. Every colleague plays his/her part in such a wonderful and diverse family.
I love watching drama and playing video games. I am a foodie too!