At the end of the 2017 event, we asked guests to reflect on their experience and challenge their perspectives.
Here are their answers to the following two questions:

Question 1: Reflect on your assumptions of blindness prior to Dining in the Dark, and then share at least one way those assumptions have been challenged or changed after this exercise.

Question 2: Identify at least one lesson from tonight that you will apply to your own life once the event is over.

Individuals who have become blind can continue to live lives full of opportunity and normalcy.Awareness of the environment and small changes to make the environment accessible.
I think individuals without sight are much more aware/in tune than I realized.Always treat everyone as the human beings they are regardless of obstacles.
Disabilities are not the problem. The environment is the problem.
How sound and noise can be overwhelming.
Blindness is not the difficulty, but rather the environment. Therefore, we should work to create universal environments..
People who are blind can do all things, like serve as waiters.Supporting BVCIL in every way I can!
I learned that with patience and cooperation it is possible to do all things normally or better.
I always wondered how people with visual impairment handled money and there was a station where that was explained.
That blind does not necessarily mean life in the dark.Fewer assumptions about obstacles and more thought about solutions.
Not any assumptions - I have experienced helping a blind family member and learned how to create a visual picture, find table settings, explain pitfalls when walking.
Blindness seemed like a hinderence before, but I understand now that It can “open you to life”.
Going in without sight and even doing the simplest things were so difficult. Small things that you typically think are easy were actually very challenging and that is something I don’t normally think about.Don’t judge. You never know what someone is going through.
I never thought about how the environment needs to be altered to fit not only those who are blind but all those who are different.
I think I have a newfound appreciation for my eyesight and the functionality of those without it.The knowledge that not everyone's disadvantage is physical or see-able. To be open to all.
Didn’t truly realize how much sight impacted a meal.
My daughter has RP. This is our first experience like this. This event increases my respect and regard for those with visual impairment. It also makes my heart ache to consider a possible future for my daughter.
I am involved with people who are visually impaired. I have lost many of my assumptions, but never had the opportunity to experience the different things I have recently been learning about, like guiding someone with a visual impairment.
I never thought about how inaccessable my workplace is, and we serve students. We need to make changes.Think about how to create universal environments in the dental office where I work.
I didn’t quite get how much vision was used in using utensils.Being more aware of those around me.
I never thought about the little things: reading a clock, cutting food, going to the restroom. Definitely gave me a new outlook.
All my senses would be automatically heightened- not so much. It took real effort to recognize smells and tastes.
How perceptionally uncomfortable I was being unable to know even the amount of people were in the room, that it isn’t simply feeling through it but puzzling it all together.
How incredibly difficult everything is to do from finding your food to walking, to every little thing.Not to make assumptions.
That you could eat just as easily, like with your eyes just being closed, not so…It was very beautiful not being able to focus on physical characteristics. I was able to remember names of people, I didn’t have the unnecessary distraction of shallow generalizations.
Blindness is not the difficulty, but rather the environment. Therefore, we should work to create universal environments.The disability is not the problem. The environment creates the problem. I am becoming more aware of what I take advantage of being sighted.
It can be done.I liked that the MC clarified that blindness by itself isn’t the challenge, it’s the environment.
Deeper appreciation of all sensesI have learned to be understanding and the need for transportation and an accommodating environment.
I think the aspects that it takes to do a daily task are overlooked.I will try to evaluate what I can do to accommodate others.
Navigation was harder than expected.How environment is something controllable and can be altered to assist.