5 Facts About Helen Keller

Helen Keller was a well-known advocate for the hearing and vision impaired. On June 27th, we celebrate her birthday as well as her achievements in public service.

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You have most likely heard something about Helen Keller during your time in school. You may have even learned about her teacher and friend, Anne Sullivan. In honor of Helen Keller and her many achievements, we’re sharing some facts about the woman and what she was able to do during her time.

  1. Keller was not born with vision or hearing impairments. She lost her sight and hearing at 19 months after an illness- likely scarlet fever.
  2. She was the first deafblind person to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree (from Radcliffe College in 1904).
  3. Helen Keller founded many organizations- most notably the American Foundation for Overseas Blind (now called Helen Keller International) and the ACLU- American Civil Liberties Union.
  4. Keller worked to assist veterans blinded in combat during WWI. She traveled to 35 countries on 5 continents in 11 years’ time.
  5. She is the winner of an Academy Award for a documentary about her life. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Johnson.

The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD) has resources for children and adults with developmental disabilities. TuscBDD provides Early Intervention for children birth to three years old, Service and Support Administration for people of all ages, family support services, family mentorship, and more! To learn more about these services, visit the TuscBDD website at https://www.tuscbdd.org.

Audrey Mattevi

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