I just read Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Dog, and the Triumph of Trust, by Michael Hingson and Susy Flory. Mike was on the 78th floor of one of the towers when the first plane struck the World Trade Center in 2001. Hid guide dog, Roselle, stayed calm throughout the chaos and flying debris and led him to safety down nearly 1500 steps. The book begins with the wee hours of that day when thunder awakened Roselle. Like one of my guides, she was scared of the changing barometric pressure and the noise of the thunder and trembled and whined till the storm passed. She and Mike had little sleep the night before the devastating strikes, but both remained as calm as possible in the tragic 9-11 circumstances.
The book is mostly a memoir of a competent and independent man, blind from birth. Like many, Mike uses his remaining well-trained senses, particularly hearing and touch to function well. His education is in physics and his computer and technical skills are strong.
Still Mike describes his own and other blind people’s job discrimination experiences. At the time of publication, paperback in 2012, so probably hardback in 2011, the book reveals an unemployment rate among the blind in the United States as a whopping 73%. This figure says nothing about the underemployment. Such a waste, often because of attitudes and assumptions of inability employers probably don’t even know they hold .