Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia

Differently Abled, Social Enterprise

Email addresswhat@did.my
Websitewww.did.my
Phone number+6018 668 1816
Year of establishment2012
Address100-P1-001, THE SCHOOL, Block J, Jaya ONE, No 72A, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
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Dialogue-in-the-Dark

Who are we

  • Established 19th September 2012 with the mission to facilitate social inclusion of marginalised people on a global basis
  • A social enterprise (SE) licensed by the Dialogue Social Enterprise (Germany) authorised to hold exhibitions and business workshops in Malaysia
  • SEs are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or/and the environment. SEs make money from selling goods and services in the open market, but SEs reinvests profits back into the business or the local community
  • The DID exhibition centre at Petrosains, Suria KLCC was launched on the 8th of December 2013
  • DID’s new and permanent venue at The School, Jaya One opened its doors to public on 1st July 2014
  • To achieve our goals, DID conducts exhibitions and business workshops as means to create a sustainable revenue stream
  • DID hires visually impaired (VI) guides and trainers, and by creating job opportunities, give them a chance at a better life
  • Every ringgit earned from conducting DID business workshops and sales of tickets from DID exhibitions are reinvested back to facilitate training and to create even more job opportunities for the VIs
  • Part of the profits are channelled to DID beneficiaries – Save Ones Sight Missions Berhad (SOSM), Dogs for Sight (DFS) and The Academy of Light

 

Our vision and mission

  • Our goal is to raise awareness and create tolerance for “otherness” in the general public, thereby overcoming barriers between “us” and “them”
  • We create jobs for disadvantaged people by turning deficits into potentials and thereby strengthening their self-esteem

 

Our activities

1. BUSINESS WORKSHOPS

  • First ever training workshop to be conducted in complete darkness
  • The reversal of roles urges the participants to adapt to the environment and helps one test the limits to a tangible experience by combining both emotional intelligence and social ability
  • Communication, leadership, diversity and team-building are the key elements fostered in this workshop

2. DIALOGUE IN THE DARK EXHIBITIONS

  • A unique “Experiential Journey” exhibition designed to leave a long term impact
  • Visitors are guided by VI guides through darken rooms replicating environments of every day life with nothing but a white-cane in their hand and the voice of their guide
  • The objective is for visitors to understand sightlessness and change their perspective in life towards the VIs and the underprivileged

3. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM (SPP) – CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)

  • DID’s SPP is a promising collaboration between DID and private corporations with the sole aim to provide a sustainable platform for long-term CSR commitments between both partners
  • DID’s 25 years of internationally acclaimed CSR and Social Business model adds credibility and nevertheless strengthens their commitment to their SPP CSR projects

 

Key facts

  • Presented in more than 36 countries and 170 cities worldwide for the last 25 years
  • Has touched more than 8,000,000 people worldwide
  • 24 sites and 19 exhibition worldwide
  • 437 VI employees
  • 134 newly trained guides and trainers
  • DID has over 1,000 news articles published to date
  • Followed by over 1,200,000 website visitors and over 130,000 followers on social media

 

The Impact – s0 far

  • 90% stated that they gained insights into the world of the VI
  • 88% remembered in detailed their conversation with their VI guide
  • 80% stated that a visit to the exhibition assists in improving attitudes towards the VI people and the handicapped population in general
  • 76% stated that their encounter with the VI guide remains forever in their memory

Vacancy

Position: Admin and Accounts Clerk

Requirements: Minimum SPM, Preferably with at least 2 years working experience

Contact Person: Lynn Foo (03-58916212)


 
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