When I first learned about Helen Keller I wanted to read everything that I could find out about her...thank goodness for public libraries. It amazed me to learn about this woman who rose above the challenges she had to face in order to become the first deaf-blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree. It is believed that she either contracted meningitis or scarlet fever when she was a toddler which left her both deaf and blind and fortunately, her mother read of an account through Dickens' writing of a woman who overcame those handicaps through education. They were then was directed by Alexander Graham Bell to a school where they found Anne Sullivan who became her teacher and friend. She became a political activist and prolific author as well as a well-respected lecturer. I was terribly pleased to find out the our birth dates were only a few days apart and, of course, I loved her support of the women's suffrage movement. It's been interesting for me to see my daughters look to her as a role model and to find out that my husband also hit the library to learn more about her as a young boy.
AIRdirondack Art Project