Last weekend, I had one of the coolest experiences of my life. My mom was visiting from Illinois and I wanted us to be able to do something really cool together. Lucky for me, I had been in contact with a PR rep for Premier Exhibitions in Atlanta and they had given me tickets to Dialog in the Dark at Atlantic Station.
Basically, Dialog in the Dark is a one-hour guided tour through the world that the blind or visually impaired live in every day. You are given a cane and sent into the exhibit with your group. Once you enter the exhibit, the lights are slowly brought down until you are in complete darkness. I couldn’t even see the hand in front of my face, it was so dark. Once the lights are gone, you are joined by your guide, who is either completely blind or visually impaired, and taken through the exhibit.
My guide, Brian, was completely blinded in a motorcycle accident 5 years ago. He has seen the world, but now he experiences is completely differently. I won’t tell you a lot about the actual exhibit because that is part of the experience – figuring out what it is you are touching or what environment you’re walking through.
I will say, however, that this is one experience I think every person should go through at least once. The realization that there can be beauty in the world without ever laying eyes on it is amazing. Actually living in that darkness for just an hour – understanding how different life is in the dark – is a truly awe-inspiring experience. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the blind and visually impaired.
It also reminded me that they are people just like the rest of us. Since we were all in the same darkness, Brian was just one of us for this hour – he was not “the blind guy” that you might avoid or even feel sorry for. He was just another guy in the group and he happened to be guiding us through this place.
After the tour, Brian told us about his accident – how he spent 7 months in the hospital, lost the use of his dominant arm and lost his sight. He not only had to start over learning to do everything with his left hand…but he had to do it blindly. He had been through so much, but was still so darn cheery that it made me teary. (Rhyme unintentional)
All I can say is this - If you live in or near Atlanta, don’t pass up your chance to experience Dialog in the Dark. It is a mind-altering experience that you won’t soon forget or regret.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”