Category Archives: Initiatives

Dialogue in the Dark India

Started in Germany by Dr. Andreas Heinecke in 1988, Dialogue in the Dare (DOD) is a series of experiences that lets those with sight get an idea of what its like to be blind. Over 6 million people from 110 cities across the world have experienced (DOD) and this has been brought to India by ACE Experiences. Based in Hyderabad, DOD India, leverages visually impaired guides, to put individuals in everyday situations, like crossing the road, or going to the supermarket. While blind-folded, and in complete darkness they get to understand what’s it like to be blind. Other than the real-world experience, DOD India offers a ‘Taste of Darkness’ where participants are blind-folded and served a meal in total darkness, by visually-impaired waiters. They also organize executive workshops for corporations and educational workshops for schools to sensitize them about issues related to being visually impaired.

Mirakle Couriers, is a courier company that employs individuals who are hearing-impaired

Founded in January 2009 by Dhruv Lakra, Mirakle Couriers, is a courier company that employs individuals who are hearing-impaired. According to information on their website around 10 million Indians suffer from some form of hearing loss, out of which 66 per cent or over 6 million are unemployed. They employ close to 70 deaf employees and deliver over 65,000 shipments per month. Their efforts have helped them and win several awards including the 2009 Hellen Keller award and the 2010 National Award for the Empowerment of People With Disabilities. Even their back-office is run by the hearing impaired with 20 women making sure the back end is running smoothly. Mirakle Couriers roster of clients include Mahindra & Mahindra, The Aditya Birla Group, Victory Art Foundation, JSW Group, Indian Hotels Company, Godrej & Boyce and Essel Propack.