Archive for the “Whitney” Category

Writing Out Loud: now the print version is here, too!

May 5, 201721 CommentsPosted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, Hanni, memoir writing, Seeing Eye dogs, Whitney

  For all you patient readers who prefer hard copy to e-books, your wait is over. The print version is here, available for order on Amazon.com, and soon to be at Sandmeyer’s and other fine booksellers. You Safe & Sound blog readers are going to recognize some of the characters in this new book of mine […]

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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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Something Fishy: a panel discussion at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

April 1, 20175 CommentsPosted in blindness, Blogroll, careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Whitney

A couple days ago I sat on a panel at Chicago Shedd Aquarium with a theater director, a mother of three school-aged children, and a lawyer. Theater director Brian Balcom uses a wheelchair, one of Laurie Viets’ children is on the autism spectrum, attorney Rachel Arfa is profoundly deaf and uses bilateral cochlear implants to […]

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Guess who’s 88 years old today?

January 29, 201712 CommentsPosted in blindness, Blogroll, careers/jobs for people who are blind, guide dogs, Seeing Eye dogs, Uncategorized, Whitney, writing

Happy birthday, Seeing Eye! The oldest guide-dog school in America was incorporated this day in 1929 after co-founder Morris Frank returned from a pioneering guide dog program in Switzerland. He and his Seeing Eye dog Buddy are the pioneers of the guide dog movement in the United States, and I have him and everyone affiliated […]

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