How Do You “Unkill” a Lion?

Cecil the lion - laying downThe recent execution of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe by dentist Walter Palmer has created a media firestorm and a general outcry of anguish and anger throughout the world. If you were to ask most people they would like to raise Cecil from the dead and put him back in his protected reserve to live out his happy life. Unfortunately such is not to be the case. Continue reading

National Federation of the Blind Applauds Historic Iowa Supreme Court Decision

Decision Affirms Right of Blind People to Enter Chiropractic Medicine Field

Des Moines, Iowa (June 27, 2014): The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) today applauded the Iowa Supreme Court for its decision in the landmark case of Aaron Cannon and Davenport Civil Rights Commission v. Palmer College of Chiropractic. In a five to two ruling, the Iowa Supreme Court reinstituted the decision of the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, which found that Palmer College of Chiropractic violated Aaron Cannon’s rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Iowa law by requiring that chiropractic students possess sight and by not providing Cannon the reasonable accommodation of a sighted reader. The commission also ordered that Palmer reinstate Cannon and pay economic damages. Continue reading

My New Book Is Coming Out!

Running with Roselle_Cover_SmallMy new book is coming out.This is a collaborative project with Jeanette Hanscome, as shared on her website ”

I have some exciting news! After several years of hard work, delays, and waiting, I am thrilled to announce the release of my next book, Running with Roselle, a story for 8-12-year-olds co-authored with blind 9/11 survivor Michael HingsonRunning with Roselle launches November 2.”


9/11 Survivor, Michael Hingson, Talks About Mind Control

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:

9/11 Survivor, Michael Hingson, Talks About Mind Control

Have fun!

Hero Dogs of 911 – Airing on Animal Planet Sept. 10 8pm

Two years ago I participated in a documentary about the service dogs and first responder dogs involved with the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  Animal Planet [Michael Hingson] in Canada picked up the show, but it was not until this year that Animal Planet in the U.S. did the same.  The show will air this Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 8PM.  Consult your local listing for verification of time and station.  Here is a link to the press release about the broadcast,

Here is a link to the video promo about the show including part of my interview and reenactment of the events of 9-11,

Finally, here is a link to the Facebook page for the show,

I leave tomorrow for the beginning of what will be almost three straight months of travel and speaking.  Please visit to see a calendar of events.  If I am near you please come by.  We’ll have lots of copies of “Thunder Dog” and I hope good messages for all.  Thanks for your support.

National Federation of the Blind Sponsors Blind Driver’s “Quest for the Salt”

Dan Parker Will Be First Blind Man to Drive Motorcycle on Bonneville Salt Flats

Wendover, Utah (August 21, 2013): The National Federation of the Blind today announced its sponsorship of the first attempt by a blind driver to independently race a motorcycle on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats. Dan Parker, an experienced racecar builder and driver who lost his sight as the result of a racing accident last year, will independently operate a three-wheeled motorcycle with the help of a GPS system that gives him audible cues in order to help him maintain a straight course. Mr. Parker will make his run as part of the 2013 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials this Sunday at the Flats. The National Federation of the Blind is one of several sponsors contributing funds and equipment to help Mr. Parker complete his “Quest for the Salt.” Additionally, the Federation’s Mark Riccobono, the first blind person to drive a vehicle without the assistance of a sighted person, will travel out to the Salt to participate in this historic event Continue reading

Visions 2013 – The Story Continues

Dear Friend,

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


Introduction of Bill to Benefit Disabled Veterans

National Federation of the Blind Applauds
Introduction of Bill to Benefit Disabled Veterans

Urges Senate to Act Swiftly on Inclusion of Disabled Veterans in Space Available Program

Baltimore, Maryland (February 19, 2013): The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people in the United States, today applauded the introduction of S. 346 by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV).  If passed, the bill will reverse the exclusion of 100 percent service-disabled veterans from the military’s Space Available program, which allows active-duty military, Red Cross employees, and retired members of the armed services to travel on military aircraft if there is space available.  A companion bill, H.R. 164, has been introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL).

“These veterans embody the definition of patriotism and sacrifice,” said Senator Tester. “This bill is a common-sense way to honor their service and improve their quality of life by increasing their access to the benefits they have earned.”

Dr. Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “We thank Senators Tester and Heller for taking action to reverse the exclusion from the Space Available program of veterans who have acquired disabilities while honorably serving their country.  These brave men and women are entitled to the benefits that they would have received had they been able to complete their service and retire from the Armed Forces.  We urge the Senate to act swiftly to advance this important legislation.”

“Extending space-available military air travel to 100 percent service-connected disabled veterans would send the message that our country truly honors their service and sacrifice, something they richly deserve,” said DAV National Commander Larry A. Polzin.  “The DAV thanks Senators Tester and Heller for introducing this important legislation.”

The National Federation of the Blind needs your support to ensure that blind children get an equal education, to connect blind veterans with the training and services they need, and to help seniors who are losing vision continue to live independent and fulfilling lives. To make a donation, please go to


About the National Federation of the Blind

The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is the oldest, largest, and most influential nationwide membership organization of blind people in the United States.  Founded in 1940, the NFB advocates for the civil rights and equality of blind Americans, and develops innovative education, technology, and training programs to provide the blind and those who are losing vision with the tools they need to become independent and successful.  We need your support.  To make a donation, please go to


As a blind person living and working in this wonderful country I have come to the conclusion that the Internet has quickly become one of the greatest tools I have the fortune to use. It gives me access to many things previously only available to those who can see. With the Internet I can conduct extensive research, go shopping independently, communicate with friends and colleagues, and even take the occasional survey in order to inform some unnamed and mysterious pollster about my opinions on this or that.

Earlier today I decided to put a little adventure in my life and answer an invitation to take an online survey. In this case I knew the source of the survey and was expecting it. In the course of answering the numerous questions on a wide variety of subjects I was asked my employment status. Continue reading