THE STORY OF HELEN KELLER: A BLIND AND DEAF WOMAN THAT MADE ABILITIES FROM HER DISABILITIES


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THE STORY OF  HELEN KELLER: A BLIND AND DEAF WOMAN THAT  MADE ABILITIES FROM HER DISABILITIES




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THE STORY OF HELEN KELLER

Helen Keller (1880-1968) was an American author, political activist and campaigner for deaf and blind charities. Helen became deaf and blind as a young child and had to struggle to overcome her dual disability. However, she became the first deaf-blind person to attain a bachelor’s degree and an influential campaigner for social, political and disability issues. Her public profile helped de-stigmatise blindness and deafness, and she is seen as a powerful example of someone who overcame difficult circumstances.


“Once I knew the depth where no hope was, and darkness lay on the face of all things. Then love came and set my soul free. Once I knew only darkness and stillness. Now I know hope and joy.”Helen Keller.

Short Biography of Helen Keller

Helen Keller was born 27 June 1880 in Tusculum, Alabama. When she was only 19 months old, she experienced a severe childhood illness, which left her deaf and blind (only a very partial sight). For the first few years of her life, she was only able to communicate with her family through a rudimentary number of signs; she had a little more success communicating with the six year old daughter of the family cook. However, she was unable to communicate properly, she was considered to be badly behaved; for example, eating from the plates of anyone on the table with her fingers.
In 1886, Helen was sent to see an eye, ear and nose specialist in Baltimore. He put them in touch with Alexander Graham Bell , who was currently investigating issues of deafness and sound (he would also develop the first telephone) Bell was moved by the experience of working with Keller, writing that:
“I feel that in this child I have seen more of the Divine than has been manifest in anyone I ever met before.”
Alexander Bell helped Keller to visit the Perkins Institute for the Blind, and this led to a long relationship with Anne Sullivan who was a former student herself. Sullivan was visually impaired and, aged only 20, and with no prior experience, she set about teaching Helen how to communicate. The two maintained a long relationship of 49 years.

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How she Learnt how to Communicate:

In the beginning, Keller was frustrated by her inability to pick up the hand signals that Sullivan was giving. However, after a frustrating month, Keller picked up on Sullivan’s system of hand signals through understanding the word water. Sullivan poured water over Keller’s left hand and wrote out on her right hand the word ‘water’. This helped Helen to fully understand the system, and she was soon able to identify a variety of household objects.

The most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me. I am filled with wonder when I consider the immeasurable contrasts between the two lives which it connects. It was the third of March, 1887, three months before I was seven years old ― Helen Keller.

Hellen Keller made rapid progress and quickly overcame her bad habits. She became proficient in Braille and was able to begin a fruitful education, despite her disability. Keller made more progress than anyone expected. She would later learn to write with a Braille typewriter.

Keller came into contact with American author, Mark Twain who admired the perseverance of Keller and helped persuade Henry Rogers, an oil businessman to fund her education. With great difficulty, Keller was able to study at Radcliffe College, where in 1904, she was able to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

 During her education, she also learned to speak and practice lip-reading. Her sense of touch became extremely subtle. She also found that deafness and blindness encouraged her to develop wisdom and understanding from beyond the senses.

“We differ, blind and seeing, one from another, not in our senses, but in the use we make of them, in the imagination and courage with which we seek wisdom beyond the senses.” Helen Keller.
Helen Keller became a proficient writer and speaker. In 1903, she published an autobiography ‘ The Story of My Life‘ It recounted her struggles to overcome her disabilities and the way it forced her to look at life from a different perspective.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us― Helen Keller


From 1918, she devoted much of her time to raising funds and awareness for blind charities. She sought to raise money and also improve the living conditions of the blind, who at the time were often badly educated and living in asylums. Her public profile helped to de-stigmatise blindness and deafness. She was also noted for her optimism which she sought to cultivate.

“If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life, — if, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.”
― Helen Keller.
Towards the end of her life, she suffered a stroke, and she died in her sleep on June 1, 1968. She was given numerous awards during her life, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964, by Lyndon B. Johnson.

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If Helen Keller a blind woman could rule her world, what do you think should stop you that has eyes to read this post not to rule your world? Let us stop making excuses and begin to be useful to our generation.

Please don't forget this- "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13).

 LESSONS:
1.We can only be limited when we think and act so. There's no limit to what we can do!
2. Obstacles will certainly come our way, if we give up then we have been overcomed by the obstacles but if we are persistent and consistent towards our goals we will achieve it.
3. What you think about yourself is 99% what you become not what people think or say about you.
4. Believe in your dreams no matter the unfavorable conditions of life. It is not where you live that matters but how you live.
5. Allow God turn every disability in your life to an ability through his glorious might in you. He wants to turn every mess in your life into a messages and make a master piece from the pieces of your life.


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