Archive for the “public speaking” Category

The right dog at the right time

April 21, 201711 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, Dora, guide dogs, Hanni, Harper, public speaking, Seeing Eye dogs, travel, visiting schools, Whitney

Just got back from Champaign, Illinois — I gave a presentation to an Animal Sciences class at the University of Illinois yesterday. I speak to this class once a semester, and this time I spent a fair amount of the hour going over some of the qualifications necessary to become a guide dog instructor. Most […]

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The Hanni hop

November 30, 201616 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guide dogs, Hanni, public speaking, radio, travel, Uncategorized, visiting schools, Whitney

My Seeing Eye dog Whitney and I took an Amtrak train to Central Illinois Monday to give a presentation to an animal sciences class at the University of Illinois. While there in Urbana, we looked in on retired Seeing Eye dog Hanni. Her human companions Nancy and Steven report The 16-year-old star of Hanni and […]

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Watching the presidential debates with Jane Goodall

September 25, 20168 CommentsPosted in blindness, Mike Knezovich, politics, public speaking, Uncategorized

Journalist James Fallows has a piece in the current issue of Atlantic Monthly suggesting that Americans watch tomorrow’s presidential debate with the sound off. Ah, that I could! In his article, Fallows argues that the things that really matter in political debates these days are all visual. He predicts that the upcoming presidential debates will […]

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I can't believe I'm telling you this

August 10, 201621 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, public speaking, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, Whitney, writing

Public speaking comes fairly easy to me. Acting on stage does not. But that’s exactly what I’ll be doing at Victory Gardens Zacek McVay Theater in Chicago this Saturday, August 13 at 2:30 pm. Some back story. Earlier this year I attended one of two accessible performances of Too Much Light put on by the […]

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Getting that memoir off the ground

June 10, 20162 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, politics, public speaking, Uncategorized, writing

Lots of people have interesting life stories to tell. The hard part? Getting those stories down on paper so that others can read — and reread — them. As the writers in the memoir classes I lead for the City of Chicago, Lincoln Park Village and at Grace Place in Printers Row master the art of writing […]

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