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Presenter Mary Hiland

Presenter Name: Mary Hiland

Presentation Title:If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything

Presentation  Description:

Mary Hiland describes her life as a cross-country skier, tandem cyclist, hiker, swimmer, and dancer from the point of view of a person who is totally blind.

Presenter Biography:

Mary Hiland, visually impaired since age eight, has made it her life’s mission to stay involved with the world. Now a grandmother of five, mother of two, she is of the age when recalling memories and sharing them with others is becoming more and more important. She especially enjoys encouraging people who are blind to get off the couch and be as active as they can.

The people in Ms Hiland’s world know her as an energetic, determined, and independent person who has never let blindness stop her. A graduate of the Ohio State University’s School of Social Work, she chose to proceed down other career paths such as Director of Volunteers of VOICEcorps Radio Reading Service and the Executive Director of The American Council of the Blind of Ohio. Her passions include cycling, skiing, hiking, walking with her Seeing Eye ® dog, dancing, public speaking, reading, and writing.

Some places you may have read her works are: Red Book Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul, The Toastmaster Magazine, her blog, seeingitmyway.com. and her two books, “The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir” and “Insight Out: One Blind Woman’s View of Her Life.”

Ms Hiland lives in Columbus, Ohio and would be happy to hear from you via email at

mary.hiland@wowway.com