Helen Keller's Vision to Effect Change and Promote Social Welfare
Deaf-Blind is a combination of vision and
It is rare to be completely deaf and blind
approximately 45,000 to 50,000 individuals in
the U.S are deaf-blind.
Tactile signing, fingerspelling, ASL, Tracking
Screen braille communicator, TTY with braille
Captel, braille notetaker
June 27,1880: Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama
February,1882: 19 month olds becomes blind and deaf
1886: Alexander Graham Bell’s referral to Perkins Institute
March,1887: Annie Sullivan becomes Helen’s teacher
April 14, 1866: Johanna Mansfield Sullivan born
mother died of tuberculosis
February 22, 1876: sent to Mass. Almshouse
1880: Perkins School for the Blind
She graduated valedictorian of her class in 1886
Becomes Helen Keller’s teacher
Helen Keller’s Later Life
1900- enrolled in Radcliffe College
1903- Published her autobiography
1904- 1st Deaf-Blind to graduate college
1924- lectures and tours
1943-1946- visited military hospitals
1953- Honored at Sorbonne (Louie Braille)
1964- Suffered from Stroke
1968- Died at age 88
Helen Keller’s Contributions
Founding member ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
Massachusetts Commission for the Blind
women’s rights, birth control, women’s suffrage
voice for socialism and working class solidarity
Author of numerous booksassistance in the formation in
1946 of a special service for deaf-blind persons
What you didn’t know about Helen Keller
She never learned ASL
She was a member of Socialist Party
Dog lover- brought Akita to America
She starred in silent film Deliverance in 1919
performed on vaudeville circuit
She traveled to 39 countries in her lifetime
Helen saw herself as a writer first—her passport listed her
profession as "author."
the first deaf-blind person to earn a BA degree.
Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964
Helen Keller met every US president
She also met other famous people
Brilliant, Passionate, Sensitive, Brave
Inspiring to others
She was strong, a fighter
What Remains: The Legacy of Helen Keller
• state commissions for the blind were created
• rehabilitation centers were built
• education was made accessible to those with
• Formation of Deaf-Blind services
• Braille adopted as official writing system
• Her inspiration, her books, and movies
Helen Keller’s Impact On Me
Never give up!
Obstacles can be overcome!
Passion in helping others is contagious!
It’s All About Your Connections!
Communication is Essential to Effect Change!
Becoming a “social work” miracle worker!
Famous Helen Keller Quotes
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing
When one door closes, another opens.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even
touched. They must be felt with the heart
Knowledge is power
It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
The best way out is always through.
The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.
1. What do you think was Helen Keller’s
2. Helen Keller said “We can do anything we
want if we stick to it long enough.” Do you
agree with this?
3. If you had to choose between deaf or
blind, which would you choose and why?