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About Us

Overview

Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia is operated by DID MY Academy Sdn Bhd and licensed by Dialogue Social Enterprise GmbH since September 2012.

DID MY Academy Sdn Bhd engages and equips children, youths and adults with all forms of Disabilities and Medical Challenges with all the relevant skills needed to be empowered for attaining self- sufficiency in line with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals of equal education and economic opportunities to achieve zero-poverty in Malaysia and beyond.

These primary target beneficiaries are further equipped with various skills in communications, linguistics and PR before moving them to other job and enterprise skills training schools within this academy. These schools include:

  • School of Aromatherapy
  • School of Urban Farming
  • School of Tele-Marketing
  • School of Virtual Tuition
  • School of Arts and Music
  • School of Coffee Kiosk

Our academy’s foundational training for our beneficiaries begins with the internationally renowed Dialogue in the Dark, Dialogue in Motion and Dialogue in Silence experiential learning programs. Upon graduation from these dialogues training, our team of graduates are further equipped and enabled with the abovementioned enterprise training.

At DID MY Academy, we believe that learning begins with dialogues that starts with acceptance.

Founder DID MY Academy Sdn Bhd (Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia)

Stevens Chan

After gaining substantial experience in the banking and insurance industry, Stevens started his own consultancy business in the early 90s, to help local and foreign entrepreneurs set up direct selling companies in Malaysia. From obtaining the required licences to forming business marketing plans, Steven’s firm was among the few in the country who could offer such services at that time, especially when the Direct Sales Act was implemented in 1993.

In 2002, the world that Stevens Chan knew came to an end. As an active businessman, Stevens was living a regular life, just like any normal person. However, disaster struck, as he found out that he had Glaucoma, an eye disease that can cause blind-ness. Even after nine eye surgeries, he gradually lost all of his vision in 2007.

With the loss of sight, came the loss of hope. He was forced to face with daunting challenges. Hospital bills, loss of income and the effort to adapt himself to his new environment are some of the most difficult things a person can go through.

However, it was in this darkest period, that he discovered light. It came in the form of his faith in God, and his loving wife, that stood by him, unwavering in her love and support. He felt that God was sustaining him and knew that in Him he could put his trust.

Soon, despair turned into a sense of mission. Stevens found a new calling in his life – to stop what happened to him from happening to others. To achieve this, he founded Malaysia Glaucoma Society and later on, Save Ones Sight Missions Bhd. with a vision of stopping and preventing unnecessary blindness. He also wants to help patients with different eye disorders cope, supporting them so they’ll have the strength to continue living with sight impairment.

Knowing that more can be done, Stevens founded Dialogue in the Dark Malaysia in 2012 to continue to raise public awareness and empathy for those with visual impairments, and empower the visually impaired community (VIPs) to reach their fullest potential.Through Dialogue in the Dark, Stevens hopes that through the medium of darkness, people will learn to love and appreciate light and not to take their GOD given eyesight for granted in addition to equipping, enabling and empowering the visually impaired community whilst enlightening the sighted community in handling diversity!

Innovating on the platform of Dialogue in the Dark, Stevens soon turned DiD into an Academy with a mission to equip and empower the trained VIPs and other People with Disabilities (PWDs) to be entrepreneurs that he and his team has built jointly with other Private Corporations namely in Urban Farming, Aroma Therapy stations, Tele Marketing and Mobile Tuition Center operators. Stevens’ vision is to build an Institution that prayerfully, will in time turn perceived Disabilities into Dynamism; pointing the PWD communities to look at their own capabilities that can transform society’s perception of seeing them as a contributor and no longer as a burden to society and their families!  

Founder Dialogue Social Enterprise

Dr Andreas Heinecke

In 1985, during an assignment for a radio station, Andreas Heinecke was asked to develop a rehabilitation program for a blind colleague. Challenged by this encounter to think beyond his own stereotype prejudice about disability, he created an experience called “Dialogue in the Dark”. Experimenting with sounds and ropes, he began to present this idea as an exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany in 1989.

With an overwhelming response in the public, Dialogue in the Dark has since evolved into a social business model with numerous exhibitions across 32 countries. As early as 1992 Andreas Heinecke started to introduce social franchising as a model for the cooperation with local exhibition partners. In 1997 he developed – together with Orna Cohen as curator – a sister exhibition called “Dialogue in Silence”, which joined the already renowned Dialogue in the Dark in international hubs.

In 2008 Andreas Heinecke, by then internationally acclaimed as social entrepreneur, founded a holding for all Dialogue concepts, the Dialogue Social Enterprise. In 2011 he became honorary Professor at the European Business School in Wiesbaden for the chair of social business. In 2012 Andreas Heinecke and Orna Cohen developed another exhibition concept: Dialogue with Time. This exhibition about aging, the experience, stereotypes and the dialogue between generations was realized first in Israel in 2012, and is currently presented in Frankfurt and Berlin during 2014 and 2015.

Transferring his know-how and mission to the incubator of Dialogue Social Enterprise, Andreas Heinecke today still remains the driving innovator for new concepts and exhibitions aimed at overcoming stereotype mind-sets by breaking communication barriers.

Vision & Mission

The mission of Dialogue in the Dark is to facilitate social inclusion of marginalized people on a global basis.

Our goal is to raise awareness and create tolerance for “otherness” in the general public, thereby overcoming barriers between “us” and “them”.We create jobs for disadvantaged people by turning deficits into potentials and thereby strengthen the self-esteem of individuals who are typically under-valued. We believe that accomplishing our mission will lead to sustainable and significant improvement of marginalized people’s situations throughout the world. To achieve our goal we operate exhibitions as well as business workshops and events.

Dialogue in the Dark sparks thoughts that dissolve old mindsets and allow access to new people and a new world. You begin to question your assumptions as you experience your limits. Meeting ambassadors of a little-known subculture initiates a dialogue, which endures beyond your time inside the exhibition. Dialogue in the Dark consistently appeals to a wide audience while creating jobs for disabled people.

Dialogue in the Dark consistently appeals to a wide audience while creating jobs for disabled people.

Impact

Impact on the sighted : A study showed that an astonishing 100% of visitors who were questioned five years later remembered the experience. 90% reported feeling sensitized to the world of the blind, 52% recommended Dialogue in the Dark to their friends and family, and 34% wanted to experience the exhibition a second time.

Impact on the blind : Dialogue in the Dark creates jobs for disabled people, many of whom are chronically unemployed. Since 1988, over 6000 blind and partially sighted people worldwide have gained income and recognition through their work. For many staff members, this position has meant the end of unemployment, increasing their self-confidence and changing their self-image. Blind people transform themselves from passive welfare recipients to active sharpers of their own lives. Key skills required in the world of work-perseverance, flexibility, time-management and social competence, are significantly enhanced.

Dialogue in the Dark is uniquely able to give disabled people meaningful employment and a new perspective for their lives. The idea is bearing more fruit as employers are sensitized by visiting the exhibition and subsequently fill vacancies with disabled people.

Award (International)

  • 2013 Engagement Public Voting Award
  • 2012 Essl Foundation
  • 2011 Deutscher Gründerpreis
  • 2009 Global Award Winner for the best innovative and out-of-comfort-zone event by the YPO
  • 2009 Dragon Award for the category “Business with Conscience”
  • 2007 Outstanding Global Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship
  • 2006 Deutscher Unternehmer Preis by the Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurship Club
  • 2005 First “Ashoka Fellow” in Western Europe
  • 2004 Best Practice in Universal Design
  • 1998 Stevie Wonder Vision Award

Award (Malaysia)

  • 2017 – Impact Driven Enterprise (IDE) accredited by Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MAGIC)
  • 2016 – Volunteering for International Professionals (VIP) Award 2016 (Malaysia)
  • 2015 – MAGIC Amplify Award 2015 (Malaysia)
  • 2015 – DIGI (CFC ) Challenge For Change 2015 Winner (Malaysia)

Board of Directors

Stevens Chan Kum Fai

CEO / Founder / Director

Datin Joanne Wong Su-Ching

Director

Datin Joanne is the Executive Director of Yayasan TSLSC ( the CSR & charity arm of The IOI Group) .The activities of the foundation include providing student scholarships, adoption of students,Young Achiever Awards, community outreach and PR activities as well as fund disbursements in the form of educational and medical assistance to the underprivileged. Joanne holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Sydney University, Australia. Being trained in accountancy,Joanne has had experience working in Ernst & Young and subsequently at the Property Division of The Lion Group and is NLP (Neuro Linguistic Program) certified. Having spent quite a few years as a homemaker caring for her 5 children, Datin Joanne currently pursues work in philanthropy and has a passion for property investments.

Assoc Prof Dr Foo Yin-Fah

Director

Dr. Foo Yin Fah is an associate professor at Sunway University in Malaysia. He has more than twenty years of experience in the area of accounting, working in several international accounting firms, large public corporations and academic institutions. Dr. Foo is a Chartered Accountant of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and a Fellow of CPA Australia. He holds a PhD in Accounting from Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Foo is currently Head of the Department of Accounting at the Sunway University Business School. He has been passionate about nurturing future business leaders that are more enterprising and socially conscious.

Lai Siew Hong

Director

Mr Lai is the Chief Executive Designer in Blu Water Studio Sdn Bhd, a company he founded in 2010. Mr Lai is an interior designer by profession with more than 25 years of experience in the design industry. He graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and Interior Design from the State University of New York. Prior to this Mr Lai had undertaken roles as the Design Director in Axis Identity Group and a Managing Director for Axis Network Design Consultants Sdn. Bhd. Mr Lai is an active member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) and the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID).

Debbie Wang Choon Hui

Director

Debbie is a highly experienced HR and People Development practitioner with more than 20 years’ extensive hands-on experience in various HR functions such as Resourcing, Learning and Development, Compensation and Benefits, Communications, Strategic Workforce Planning, and Workplace Coaching. Having had a successful corporate career with Fortune 500 organizations like Intel, Dell, Celestica, in both local and regional roles, she went on to pioneer transformational HR and People Development strategies for the fast growing employment portal JobStreet.com, for both the local and regional business units.  In the Year 2010, while taking a break from her Corporate stint, Debbie had decided to undertake an entrepreneurial challenge, within the HR and People Development area and at the same time, she co-founded an IT Enterprise Media Channel on latest technologies, solutions, and trends for the enterprise market. In her many roles, she is often required to look into the strategic part of development in the organization as well as employees.  She strongly believes that well-engaged and well-equipped people capital within the organization is a strong source of competitive advantage to any business. Debbie holds a MSc in Human Resource Management from Portsmouth University, UK and she is a Certified Workplace & Business Coach.  Her passion is to bring about life transformation through coaching.

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