'Thunder Dog' author to talk via Skype on Oct 29

A Talk with Michael Hingson will be presented at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The presentation is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Hingson is the author of this year’s Fond du Lac Reads book, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero. Blind from birth, Hingson relied on his canine partner Roselle for his safe exit from the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Hingson’s book weaves his gripping 9/11 experiences with the story of his life, starting with his mainstreamed childhood through eventual success in sales for a Fortune 500 company. In doing so, he raises awareness about the unfair disadvantages faced by many people who are visually impaired.

Hingson points out that the unemployment rate is 70 percent among persons who are blind who are able to work. He recounts personal experiences with blatant prejudice, when potential employers refused to talk with him after learning of his impairment.

Hingson will talk via Skype about his book, his life and finding success despite encountering prejudice against persons with disabilities. The Skype connection will allow attendees to ask Hingson questions directly.

 Michael Hingson shares a moment with Roselle


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