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Dialog in the Dark

From: Marianne Gardner
Length: 03:29

Visually impaired guides lead sighted visitors through the dark Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-2 The most recent available statistics suggest that only about 30 percent of working-age blind people have jobs. A current exhibit at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Dialog in the Dark, employs over 60 blind and visually impaired people to lead visitors in small groups through different settings in total darkness. Each guide has a story to tell: about becoming blind, about their former jobs and about this job - what it feels like to be blind and to lead newly blind visitors. Marianne Gardner has this report.

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Piece Description

The most recent available statistics suggest that only about 30 percent of working-age blind people have jobs. A current exhibit at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Dialog in the Dark, employs over 60 blind and visually impaired people to lead visitors in small groups through different settings in total darkness. Each guide has a story to tell: about becoming blind, about their former jobs and about this job - what it feels like to be blind and to lead newly blind visitors. Marianne Gardner has this report.

Broadcast History

WABE Atlanta 90.1
November 10, 2008

Transcript

HOST INTRO:
The most recent available statistics suggest that only about 30 percent of working-age blind people have jobs. A current exhibit at Atlantic Station in Atlanta, Dialog in the Dark, employs over 60 blind and visually impaired people to lead visitors in small groups through different settings in total darkness.

Each guide has a story to tell: about becoming blind, about their former jobs and about this job - what it feels like to be blind and to lead newly blind visitors.

Marianne Gardner has this report.

NARR: Several visually impaired workers sit around a table in a second floor open-air courtyard at Atlantic Station talking about losing their sight. Amelia Brinkley, 26. charms with a slow smile.

Amelia: When I lost my vision to. It's retinitis pigmentosa. It's hereditary. I knew something was going on in high school, but.

She didn't follow up w...
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