Can-Do-Ability: Answers and Solutions from my personal experiences of living with a disability

Helen Keller

18 Jul 2012Helen Keller was born in 1880 went deaf and blind at the age of 18 months after she had a serious fever.

As a child Helen had angry outbursts and a temper due to the fact that she could not communicate.

Helen met Anne Sullivan, her teacher when she was seven years old. Anne helped Helen make tremendous progress with her ability to communicate. Helen went on to college and graduated in 1904. Helen was the first deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Helen mastered several methods of communicating, including touch-lip reading, Braille, speech, typing and finger spelling. Helen wrote her first book , ‘The Story of my Life’, which covered her life from childhood to 21 years of age. Helen wrote a total of 12 published books and several articles.

Helen is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities and an activist for the betterment of others.

What I find remarkable about Helen is that she accomplished all that she did as a woman in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. A real inspiration to want to make a difference in the world for women as women were such a minority at that time. People with a disability were regularly institutionalised or hidden away. Again I wonder if it is not because of her disability that Helen took to speaking out and making a difference for those around her – both women and people with disabilities.

Helen died in her sleep on June 1, 1968, just a few weeks before her 88th birthday. During her remarkable life, Helen stood as a powerful example of how determination, hard work, and imagination can allow an individual to triumph over adversity

Information gathered from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller

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