Friday, March 21, 2008
Helen Adams Keller -Women's History Month
I honestly don't know who is more deserving to be honored today than Helen Keller. She couldn't hear or see, and despite her disabilities, she became an author, activist and lecturer.
Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968) was not originally born blind and deaf, however at nineteen months of age, she was hit with an illness, which is now believed to be scarlet fever and meningitis. The illness didn't last long, but left her permanently deaf and blind. With the help of many educators, teachers, and medical workers, Helen was able to gradually learn how to communicate and deal with her disabilities.
She was a wild child, and that was how she was portrayed in a few films --kicking and screaming continuously. Helen acted this way because she didn't understand her disability and why she was so different than those who were around her.
After a few years, she was able to speak. Helen became the first deaf blind person to graduate from college, and through this, she became a huge contribution in the community by being an activist and fighting for causes that meant something to her. Helen also traveled to different places around the world, and met an endless list of celebrities and important figures.
Helen Keller is absolutely amazing because she can still live a fulfilling life despite the fact that she is blind or deaf. Often, people think it's the end of the world if they're unable to see or hear, or speak, but there's still life after that and Helen is able to lead us through that dark pathway towards light.