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911 SURVIVOR SPEAKS TO SCHOOLS

Guest speaker Michael Hingson
National Public Affairs Director, Guide Dogs for the Blind
He will speak about his experience being led out of the Twin Towers on 9/11 by his guide dog, Roselle.
"For more information, visit www.michaelhingson.com
See COL calendar of activities for specific school locations and dates for his appearances.

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As was the case with many Americans, Michael Hingson's life changed dramatically on September 11th. He and his Guide Dog Roselle were the lucky ones, however, in that they escaped the World Trade Center attack. As a WTC survivor and as a Guide Dog user, Michael was thrust into the international limelight. Michael and Roselle have appeared on Larry King Live several times including on September 11th, 2006 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of 9/11.

Michael and Roselle have since become well known as representatives of the strength of the human/animal bond, and have been successful in communicating the power of that bond in many media interviews and public presentations. Michael has traveled with a Guide Dog for 43 years and embodies the lifelong partnerships created by Guide Dogs for the Blind and those they serve.

Prior to becoming the National Public Affairs Director for Guide Dogs for the Blind in 2002, Michael was district sales manager for Quantum Data Protection Division of Irvine, Calif., overseeing a sales force and field operations. He has a master’s degree in physics from the University of California at Irvine. He is a former member of the California State Guide Dog Board, and is a member of the National Federation of the Blind. Michael lives with his wife, Karen, in Novato, California.

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