“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.
“I am still curious about the world”
I started losing my eyesight during my teenage due to congenital glaucoma. Within just a couple of years, I completely lost my sight.
In 2007, I joined the Dialogue Social Enterprise in Germany as a dialogue trainer and conducted the leadership workshops for several global events such as the world Economy Forum Summer Davos 2007. Between 2008 and 2012, I participated in the founding of Dialogue in the Dark social enterprises in Hong Kong, Mainland China and TaiPei where I was responsible for recruiting, internal training and workshop design etc. In 2014, I became an inclusive and diversity consultant and trainer serving talented persons with disabilities and forward-thinking employers in achieving inclusive employment.
Many colleagues with disabilities including myself have opportunities of growth and contribution to the society as well as promotion of the culture of social inclusion. The satisfaction and self realization from this job is a priceless reward for me.
Despite blindness, I am still curious about the world and I enjoy challenges. Many lovely people have come across my life. I have been touched and encouraged by their generosity and support. Hence, I hope to be a blessing of other people.
"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.
“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.
“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.
“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. This will polish my drama skill.
“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.
Even I cannot see well, 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.
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.
The experience has really inspired me much. Really appreciate what u all are doing now:)
“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.
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. Since my vision deteriorated badly, I quit the job. 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.
In 2009, I created a habit of exercising 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.
"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.
“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, 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.
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.
“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”.
“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.