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Helen Keller

Post  Talia A. on Sun Apr 03, 2011 10:13 pm

Helen Keller was a woman with determination. She was the first deaf-blind person to learn the difference in a word and how it was related to the object. She was the first person with a serious impairment of both hearing and vision to get a Bachelor of Arts degree.
At first Helen taught herself to recognize things but later on she got a teacher called Anne Sullivan. Anne herself used to be blind until she got surgery, so she knew what Helen was going through. She was taught to make hand signs for things that she wanted. But eventually she became very frustrated knowing that she didn't have a voice to express herself.
Helen was taught the alphabet so she could "spell" words instead of act them out. The thing that changed Helen's life the most was knowing that she could spell things by feeling them in her hands. Later on Anne taught her how to read braille, which made it possible for her to read. Anne went everywhere with her for 50 years, including college.
Helen had many different ways of listening and spelling things out. She would put her fingers to a person's lips and understand the words they said.
"The Story of My Life" the book Helen wrote in college earned her enough money to buy herself a new house. Helen eventually became very known and she travelled around the world to meet important people. Helen Keller might of tried to relate with other blind-deaf people and she tried to convince them that they should not give up. She was very influential and not only to handicap but to others too, because she showed that anything is possible even if are at the peak of giving up.

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller
http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdkell.htm

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Post  kknoff on Mon Apr 04, 2011 1:01 am

Hellen Keller was a very tough woman mentally. it must have been very hard to be a blind deaf mute. i really respect her for persuing what she wanted to do and not giving up because she was blind, deaf, and mute. good topic Very Happy

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