Michael Hingson – The Triumph of Trust and Teamwork
Blind author, technologist, and motivational speaker, Michael Hingston spoke at Suffield on September 26. With help from his guide dog Roselle, he is a survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center. The story of teamwork and an indomitable will to live and thrive is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog.
Michael Hingson has a deep commitment to education. In countless television and radio appearances, newspaper features, and magazine articles, Hingson does much more than recount his 9/11 story; he continuously explores the broader lessons of his life and experiences as a blind person and shares these lessons to educate, inspire, and empower audiences world-wide.
“Do not assume that because a person cannot see they cannot do the same things you can,” Hingson said to the engaged Suffield community. “Blindness isn’t the problem I face. The biggest problem is the misconceptions other people have about being blind. We rely too much on one sense or one way of doing things. We often don’t have control over the changes that happen to any of us, but we can control how we respond to those changes. Be open to the idea of trusting the people around you. Don’t let your sight get in the way of your vision.”