[Image description: Image contains three images of Helen Keller at different stages in her life. One is a graduation photo of her. Another is of her as a young woman. And the last image is of an old woman. All images are in black and white. The text in the image lists interesting facts about Helen Keller as in the post. CUREUsher’s logo is on the bottom left.]

June 27th, 2019

HELEN KELLER DAY

It’s day four of ‘Deafblind Awareness Week’, and today we are also celebrating ‘Helen Keller Day’.

This day, June 27th, is dedicated to Helen Keller every year, as this was her birthday.

We mark Helen Keller day to celebrate her life and of all her accomplishments despite the challenges she faced during a time of no technology, along with ignorance surrounding deafblindness, and also at a time when women faced so many barriers and inequality.

Her grit and determination still remains an inspiration for so many around the world today.

For Helen Keller Day, we thought to share some interesting facts about the world most well-known deafblind person and advocator for people with disabilities.

  • We celebrate Helen Keller day on June 27th because this was the day she was born in 1880. She passed away in 1968 shortly before her 88th birthday.
  • She was born with full hearing and sight, but lost both due to a mystery illness at around 19 months old.
  • She graduated from Harvard University’s girl’s college, Radcliffe College at a time when there weren’t many women in college.
  • She is the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree.
  • She travelled to 39 countries and met with presidents, prime ministers, and other government leaders to advocate for educating blind, deaf, and disabled people.
  • She was friends with Mark Twain and Alexander Graham Bell.
  • She was investigated by the FBI due to her political views!
  • Would you like to read more about Helen Keller? Then head to ‘The Helen Keller Archive’ at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) where you will find the “world’s largest repository of letters, speeches, press clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, architectural drawings, artifacts and audio-video materials relating to Helen Keller and it’s available to researchers and the general public as the first ever fully accessible Digital Helen Keller Archive”.

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    [Image description: Image contains three images of Helen Keller at different stages in her life. One is a graduation photo of her. Another is of her as a young woman. And the last image is of an old woman. All images are in black and white. The text in the image lists interesting facts about Helen Keller as in the post. CUREUsher’s logo is on the bottom left.]




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