Learning-in-the-Dark Simulation | EQ Programmes | Etch Empathy

Learning-in-the-Dark Simulation of the Vision Impaired

Empathise with the Vision Impaired

The vision impaired community is one Singaporeans have been seeking to understand more and more lately. With figures including Dr Yeo Szeling, Victor Tan Wee Tar, and Dr Wong Ming Yi who all live with vision impairment, it’s easy to awe at these accomplished individuals while wondering, “How do these people do it without any sight?”

The Concept – Hello Darkness Your New Friend?

The Learning-in-the-Dark programme places participants in a room repurposed to contain as little light as possible, simulating the eerie lack of sight many with extremely low vision have.

Participants will be guided through the darkness by our Blind Facilitators, individuals who themselves have vision impairment. Through the 1-hour-long programme, experience the methods the vision impaired use to live normal lives, and listen to the unique, personal stories shared by your group’s Blind Facilitator along the way.

The Experience

  • You will be given a cane to use during the programme, and will be shown how the vision impaired would similarly use their white canes to navigate outdoors.
  • Our Blind Facilitators will communicate with each group of participants verbally, explaining and sharing personal stories as you make your way through the darkness.
  • Use your ears, hands, and maybe even your nose to figure out what is around you – a multi-sensory, immersive experience that past participants often find difficult to ever forget.

Programme Details

For more information on the Learning-in-the-Dark Simulation programme, kindly download the Learning in the Dark Simulation Info Sheet below or contact us at admin@etch.sg.

Ideal Group Size

Suitable for groups of 32 & above. 1 group (of not more than 8 pax) will enter simulation space with a Blind facilitator at intervals of 15 mins.


Suitable for children aged 7+ and adults.


I managed to have the privilege to go through the simulation with the help of the visually impaired facilitator in a pitched dark theatre. I trusted someone who has been through that path before, which I felt was essential in simulating something that was real in someone else’s life.

-Clinton Yip, Participant