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Deepen the impact of the exhibition experience with a pedagogical workshop.

Key areas of focus

  • Discussions with blind people about the issue of blindness
  • The development of positive awareness about the issue of difference
  • Social participation as an equal right for all people

‘That’s how I see it!’ adds further insight to Dialogue in the Dark

Did you know that blind people do not see black? Why should you never smile at a guide dog? How a blind athlete crosses the finishing-line? Or that a smart phone is a mini-revolution for many blind people? Of course, most sighted people have never thought about these things, because they have limited contact with blind and visually-impaired people in the course of daily life. This workshop provides school-children with an understanding of the daily life of the blind. It is a particular challenge for young people to experience complete darkness and to meet with blind people; exactly for this reason, we believe that it is very important to give them the best possible preparation. Blind experts transfer their knowledge and experience about the challenges and the potential of their daily lives. 

Key areas of focus

  • Historical background: How has the deaf community developed until the present day? The road from the first deaf-school to the recognition of sign-language.
  • Sign-language: A language on the way to full acceptance. Which parts of the body are used and how is sign-language developed?
  • Examples of sentence construction, accents and slang.
  • No language without culture: What do we mean when we talk about the culture of deaf people? Interesting cultural examples and films about sign-language poetry, and music.

Eyes Open! The world of Silence and Sign Language

Children and young people gain an understanding about what it means not to hear, what kind of obstacles deaf people face and how they can be overcome, as well as an insight into the diversity of non-verbal communication. Children learn that equal treatment for all is an important value and an essential part of a healthy social system. By getting to know sign-language and trying it out, children can have a playful look at what’s really important in life and  experience the enriching diversity of ‘otherness’.

Our deaf staff-members from Dialogue in Silence are happy to teach the basics and the background of sign-language, as well as introducing them to life within the deaf community. What’s daily life like for deaf people? Streets without noise? Dancing without music? Speaking without sound or tone? Partying without singing? Or, is all of that also possible for deaf people, only differently?


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