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“I Am Not So Dumb Now” August 27, 2009

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With those words, Helen Keller spoke her first sentence. Overcoming the obstacles of blindness and deafness brought on by childhood illness, Helen miraculously learned to communicate verbally.  Most of us might resign ourselves to a dark silent world, but Helen was not content to merely survive, she intended to thrive. And thrive she did, with the aid of Anne Sullivan, her teacher and companion for almost 50 years. They discovered that by placing Helen’s fingers on Anne’s throat, lips, and nose, she was able to feel the vibrations of the spoken word and learn to speak. Helen went on to become a world-renowned author and speaker as well as a women’s rights advocate and war protestor, proving that disabilities need not be a death sentence. Her courage and conviction demonstrated that language could indeed be learned even in the most difficult of circumstances.


This 1930 newsreel provides a discussion of how Anne worked with Helen to form those first words – enjoy! YouTube video


“The problems of deafness are deeper and more complex, if not more important, than those of blindness. Deafness is a much worse misfortune. For it means the loss of the most vital stimulus–the sound of the voice that brings language, sets thoughts astir and keeps us in the intellectual company of man.” ~ Helen Keller



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