We are always excited to be invited to talk at schools in the area about what it really means to be blind. It’s a great chance to dispel myths and stereotypes and to teach kids that blind people are just folks, too. So, we were delighted when we received a call from Diane Harris, a parent and administrator at nearby Mile High Academy. It turned out that the 7th grade English students were reading Michael Hingson‘s book, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust, Mike’s story of his escape from the World Trade Center on 9/11 with his guide dog, Roselle. We were especially excited because Mike’s book talks about the truth of being blind and because he is a member of our Board of Directors. It was a great connection for all of us.
I took one of our students, Ryan along, as well as our photographer Mike Thompson. With the school’s permission, Mike Thompson shot some still photos and video of the presentation. Ryan’s response to a question about how blind people play sports was one of the highlights of the visit. The morning was all net! Thanks again to the students, teachers and Diane Harris for inviting us to come!