Dialogue in the Dark Australia also conducts excursions for schools, as part of a curriculum-based learning activity.

Dialogue in the Dark school excursions link to the learning objectives and outcomes of the Victorian Curriculum Levels 3-10. They are designed for primary and secondary school students, who will learn:

  • Empathy (understanding how people with low vision or blindness interact and experience day-to-day life)
  • Non-visual communication (including speaking and listening skills)
  • Confidence (through overcoming fears)
  • Self-awareness (of who they are)

School group bookings fill out quickly—secure your place now. For school bookings, please contact us on (03) 9854 4560 or email info@dialogueinthedark.com.au

Professional development opportunities are also now available for teachers.

For all other enquiries, please complete the contact form, or phone us on 03) 9854 4560.

Powerful learning through lived experience

Dialogue in the Dark is a potent and transformative learning experience that is imaginative, educational, and entertaining.

The exhibition challenges students to evaluate and understand their thinking, emotions, responses, and actions when vision is removed and communication skills come to the fore.

How do you show leadership when you cannot see your friends? How do you collaborate in complete darkness? What can the dark teach you about your day-to-day life? Students will learn and hone a range of skills as they find out the answer to these questions, and more.

Guided by a skilled facilitator with low vision or blindness, students will cooperate, discover skills, embrace creativity, and adopt a new perspective of the world around them; all in total darkness.

Key details

Duration: Each tour takes approximately 1 hour to complete. Students are engaged with sensory activities as they await their time to enter the exhibition.

Capacity: The excursion can accommodate a class or group from 2 of up to 70 students. The group is divided into smaller groups as they tour through the experience. Students are engaged with sensory activities as they await their time to enter the exhibition.

Tours are conducted by a skilled guide with low vision or blindness; an accompanying adult or supervisor is an optional requirement. Please note: all students will require supervision by teaching staff, provided by the school, at all times.

Please note, if you need to stagger the groups into several sessions, please contact us to discuss educational and other student activities within the local area.

Accessibility requirements: The Dialogue in the Dark premises are wheelchair accessible. There are, however, some specific requirements for wheelchair accessibility throughout the tour to ensure each person’s comfort and safety. For further information and enquiries, please contact us on 03) 9854 4560 or info@dialogueinthedark.com.au

Tour Guides and Workshop Facilitators: All staff at Dialogue in the Dark have a current Working with Children Check, as part of Guide Dogs Australia’s staffing policy.

Links to the curriculum: Dialogue in the Dark assists in the development of knowledge and key skills. The experience equips students with the tools for life-long learning, ongoing social development and promotes active and informed citizenship. Our workshops align with the learning objectives, outcomes and capabilities of the Victorian Curriculum Levels 3-10.

Cost: Tour participation costs $15 per student for primary and secondary schools. Pricing for University Students is $25, plus booking fees.

Supervising adults are admitted free of charge. Please note students must be supervised by teaching staff provided by the school.

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Getting to Dialogue in the Dark

Dialogue in the Dark™ Melbourne is located at The District Docklands.

Level 1, 29-31 Star Crescent, Docklands (upstairs, opposite ArtVo).

Public Transport is available to Docklands—including Melbourne City Sightseeing Tours, the free City Circle Tram, and trams in the Free Tram Zone.

For all public transport and parking options, please visit The District Docklands website.