Andreas Heinecke

Ashoka Fellow
Germany
Fellow Since 2005
This description of Andreas Heinecke's work was prepared when Andreas Heinecke was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
Introduction
Andreas Heinecke is overcoming the barriers between "us" and "them" by creating exchange platforms that immerse people in worlds very different from their own in order to break down prejudices, to communicate and understand barriers that exist across different cultures, and to empower marginalized people. Andreas’ first and most widespread platform is “Dialogue in the Dark” where participants experience darkness and blind people teach them how to see. The platform does not inspire pity but instead enables interaction and builds respect, understanding, and even wonder by redefining “disability” as “ability” and “otherness” as “likeness.”
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