In the name of “religious freedom” the Indiana state legislature passed and the Governor signed into law a bill that state politicians claim is designed to uphold freedom of religion in the state of Indiana. Over the past week the opposition to the law has been fierce. Mainly opponents have stressed that the law could very well deny gay and lesbian people the same freedoms and rights as non-gays and non-lesbians. The law states that services and opportunities in the state of Indiana can be denied to persons based on the service provider’s religious beliefs. The presumption is based on past track records in other states where gay persons have been denied some of the same services offered to others. Continue reading
9-11 is an important day for all of us. It represents a day when the world really did stop and all of us were given a choice to change and move on, or be paralyzed by fear. Please remember those we lost on 9-11 and please pray for all the survivors who still cannot forgive and go forward.
I sit in my hotel room in Chicago watching the New York 9-11 event. I remember the day well, but I also remember everything since that day. We need to get back to an attitude of teamwork and working together. We can be better than we are.
Let’s all work together and make this world a better place. Tell our politicians to put aside their differences and figure out ways to team and not be so divisive.
God bless you all and God bless America.
The past six weeks have seen our country once again take up the discussion of racial prejudice. It began with the LA Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, making extreme, racially prejudiced comments which have been broadcasted all over the world by every media outlet imaginable. Few people doubt the inappropriateness of Mr. Sterling’s remarks, private or otherwise.
Two weeks ago Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, made comments during a public forum discussing Mr. Sterling’s remarks and observed that in reality no matter what we think or say, we all have prejudices in our minds and hearts. In essence, Mr. Cuban observed that we all live our lives in some way according to the prejudices we carry around with us. He used some racial examples to illustrate his points. Continue reading
I have always regarded myself as a pretty normal kind of guy. I am 64 years old and have been married for half my life. I have a Masters degree in Physics from the University of California at Irvine which I received in the usual timeframe. Following in the footsteps of most normal people after college I obtained a full-time job which for me happen to be in sales. I sold high tech computer related products for over 25 years. Sounds pretty normal so far? Continue reading
Every expectant or new parent anticipates getting only the most “perfect baby in the world.” If the newborn child looks in any way different, or if the doctors find “something wrong” with the child, all joy and enthusiasm can come crashing down around the new parents and their families.
A perfect example of this is what happens to any mother who gives birth to a child which happens to be born blind. In my case, for example, the blindness was not diagnosed until four months after I was born, and the blindness was not technically there at birth, but it was caused by me being given a pure Oxygen environment right after birth. You see, I was born two months prematurely and the Oxygen-rich environment was necessary in order to keep me alive. The condition which caused my blindness is known as Retinopathy O Prematurity. Blindness is not always the result of a pure Oxygen environment for newborns, but it can be a condition that results. Continue reading
This is a great interview that I did with Michele Rosenthal. As noted on her website “Change You Choose,” Michele struggled with un-diagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for 24 years. Then she was diagnosed and went on a healing rampage! Today she inspires others to reclaim their lives by creating change they choose.
I was interviewed by Michele and you can hear the interview here:
With more than 600 attendees from around the world, more networking opportunities than ever before and dozens of informative science and lifestyle sessions, the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ recent VISIONS 2013 national conference in Baltimore, Maryland, proved to be our best yet! People left feeling energized, inspired and even more connected to our amazing community of supporters, researchers, staff and friends.
Even though you weren’t able to join us this year, you can still take part in much of the VISIONS 2013 action by visiting our REWIND page. Here’s a link to the newsletter describing the details and the video highlights. – Michael
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author and 9/11 Survivor is Changing What it Means to be Blind
Michael Hingson Comes to Fort Worth February 25-March 3, 2013
(Fort Worth, TX – February 25, 2013) – The Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth announces today that they will host, #1 New York Times bestselling author and World Trade Center survivor, Michael Hingson, to come to Fort Worth for a week-long series of appearances from Monday, February 25th through Sunday, March 3, 2013. Hingson has graciously offered to come to Ft. Worth for the week and to speak to a wide variety of different audiences throughout his visit.
Michael Hingson, who has been blind since birth, is an internationally renowned public speaker and bestselling author of, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero. The Lighthouse recognizes that Hingson has an incredible story that needs to be told. According to Hingson, he will present his story of survival and will teach from first hand experience that “blindness is not the handicap we face, but rather the handicap consists of the misconceptions that people have about blindness”. When asked about his upcoming trip to Ft. Worth, Hingson said, “the amazing part of my story is not that I happen to be blind and descended from the 78th floor with the help of my guide dog, Roselle, but that so many people survived that day by not panicking and by working together as a team to escape the tower.” “My story is not so much about how I escaped from the World Trade Center, but how I got there in the first place and what has happened since”. Hingson describes his personal mission, “My work today is to change peoples attitudes and perceptions about blindness, from being a tragedy to just being a challenge—like being left handed or even like being light dependent, a disability most people face”.
Hingson will speak to thousands of people while in Ft. Worth, all as a gift to the city, from the Lighthouse for the Blind. “Some of his audiences will be blind, some will be sighted. No matter which, his story is inspiring,” explains Platt Allen, III, Lighthouse President/CEO.
Arriving in Fort Worth on February 25th, Hingson will visit eight schools and will make 10 presentations to students during the week. A private, by-invitation-only event hosted by the Lighthouse will take place on the evening of February 27th, at McDavid Studio. Another private event will take place Saturday, March 2nd, at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and will be exclusive to children and youth who are blind and their families. For additional information on these particular events, contact Nancy Fisher at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 817-332-3341, ext. 7782.
Additional private engagements include appearances at the Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth, North Texas Radio for the Blind, and downtown Rotary.
Michael Hingson will also be featured in three free community events. The first of which will happen on Tuesday evening, February 26th at 6:30 p.m. on the TCU campus. Hingson will be speaking on the Club Level, west side, in the Amon G. Carter Stadium. The presentation is free and is open to all TCU students, faculty/staff and the general public. Free parking is available in Lots 1 and 2, located on the west side of the stadium and off of Bellaire Drive North. Guests can enter the facility via the Champions elevators on the south west corner of the building on the west side of the stadium, Gate 2.
On Thursday evening, February 28th, Hingson will speak in the downtown area at Tarrant County College District-Trinity River Campus, beginning at 6:30 p.m. This event is opened to all TCCD students, faculty/staff and the general public. There is no charge but a parking permit is required for parking in the TCCD garage. Contact Nancy Fisher at email@example.com for the parking permit, directions to the campus and for any additional information.
In his final Fort Worth appearance, Hingson will bring his story to First United Methodist Church, downtown Fort Worth, 800 West Fifth Street, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 3rd. He will be speaking in Wesley Hall. This opportunity is open to the general public.
The press is invited and encouraged to attend any of Michael Hinson’s speaking events. Michael Hingson is available for interviews. Please contact Celia Black at 425-512-7453 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange media appearances.
About Lighthouse for the Blind
Since 1935, Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth has made a life-changing difference in the lives of individuals who are significantly visually impaired by providing skills enhancement, training and employment that empowers them to achieve their highest level of personal, economic self-sufficiency. The Lighthouse’s Industrial Division employs over 80 individuals who are legally blind to manufacture products such as energy dissipation pads, graffiti remover, hygiene kits, non-incendiary LED marking flares, fast pack shipping containers, copy paper and clear-barrel pens. Products are available for sale to commercial businesses as well as to local, state and federal government agencies. In addition to the industrial division, rehabilitation services provide mobility and orientation training, skills assessment, and independent living skills training to over 3,000 individuals annually. For more information about Lighthouse for the Blind of Fort Worth or to take a tour of the 80,000 square foot facility, contact Nancy Fisher, Community Development, email@example.com or 817-332-3341, ext. 7782.
About Michael Hingson
Michael Hingson in an internationally acclaimed speaker and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero and THUNDER DOG the movie, to be released September 2014 by My Three Sons Films. Hingson is National Ambassador for the Braille Literacy Campaign, National Ambassador for the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog AwardsTM, and founder of “Roselle’s Dream Foundation,” which provides assistive technologies to blind children and adults. For more information visit: www.michaelhingson.com
On January 24, I spoke to 120 people (and 2 guide dogs in training) at St. Charles Borromeo in Livermore and Carole Graham from The Independent wrote and article that I thought was very well done, so I wanted to share The Independent Article it with you here.
I appreciate this very well written article and hope you all enjoy it as well!
Michael Hingson #1 New York Times best-selling author of THUNDER DOG Appears at Barnes & Noble Schaumburg, Saturday, February 18th, 2012 And East Aurora High School, Tuesday, February 21st, 2012
Chicago (IL) February 14, 2012: Michael Hingson New York Times best-selling author of THUNDER DOG: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero will appear at Barnes & Noble Booksellers Schaumburg on Saturday, February 18th from 12 noon to 1:30pm. Continue reading