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How this sixth-grader discovered his spirit animal

November 22, 201715 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, questions kids ask, Seeing Eye dogs, visiting schools

This just in! The Hinsdalean newspaper did a great article on our visit. You can read it here if you want to get another point of view on our class visit.   Whitney and I spent an entire day last week with sixth-graders at Clarendon Hills Middle School (CHMS). I’ve visited students at hundreds of […]

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This is one thing that always makes me feel happy

October 25, 201722 CommentsPosted in blindness, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guide dogs, questions kids ask, Seeing Eye dogs, travel, visiting schools

Whitney and I took a commuter train to Deerfield, Illinois yesterday to talk with third graders at Wilmot Elementary about what it’s like to be blind and get around with a Seeing Eye dog. I started our presentation to the eight- and nine-year-olds explaining three rules to keep in mind if they happen to see […]

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Guest post by Wanda Bridgeforth: “I wouldn’t take nothing for my journey”

August 6, 20174 CommentsPosted in guest blog, memoir writing, politics, visiting schools

Here’s a piece Ninety-five-year-old Wanda Bridgeforth wrote after her WGN Radio interview last weekend. Remembering DuSable by Wanda Bridgeforth The interview with Dave Hoekstra and Beth Finke brought back more memories of my happy days at DuSable High School. On February 1, 1935, it was a thrill to be entering a Brand-New building at the […]

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The right dog at the right time

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

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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