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        Leaders and Legends: Helen Adams Keller 

        Posted: 05 Nov 2009 12:20 PM PST

        Helen Adams Keller
        Inducted 2002
        Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field
        Helen Keller was born in Alabama in 1880. At the age of 18 months she 
experienced a fever that left her deaf, blind and unable to speak. An extremely 
intelligent and sensitive child, by the age of seven she had invented over 60 
different signs by which she could talk to her family. Because of this 
restricted communication her frustration and anger grew and were not relieved 
until Annie Sullivan, a 20 year old graduate of the Perkins School for the 
Blind, came to be her teacher. With her help Helen learned the manual alphabet, 
braille, the Tadoma method of reading lips and later learned to speak. With 
Annie as her interpreter, in 1888 she attended Perkins Institute for the Blind 
and in 1894 the Wright-Humason School for the Deaf in New York. She received a 
B.A. cum laude in 1904 from Radcliffe College. She thus became the first 
deaf-blind person to graduate from college. In 1936 she moved to Connecticut 
where she lived until her death in 1968 at the age of 87.

        While at Radcliffe, Helen Keller began a writing career which was to 
continue for 50 years. In addition to The Story of My Life, she wrote 11 other 
books and numerous articles on blindness, deafness, social issues and women's 
rights. Many books and plays were written about her life. 

        Despite the broad range of her interests, Helen Keller never lost sight 
of the needs of others who were blind and deaf-blind. Soon after the American 
Foundation for the Blind was established in 1921 she became a member of the 
Foundation staff, where she worked until her death in 1968 as counselor on 
national relations. In 1932 she also became a vice-president of the Royal 
National Institute for the Blind in the United Kingdom. In 1946 she was 
appointed counselor on international relations for the American Foundation for 
Overseas Blind (renamed Helen Keller International), visiting 35 countries 
during seven trips between 1946 and 1957.

        Helen Keller received honorary doctoral degrees from Temple University, 
Harvard, Universities of Glasgow, Berlin, Delhi and Johannesburg. An entire 
room at AFB is devoted to a collection of her personal papers and memorabilia, 
including Brazil's Order of the Southern Cross, Japan's Sacred Treasure, the 
Lions Humanitarian Award for lifetime service and the Presidential Medal of 
Freedom in 1964. In 1965 she was one of the 20 elected to the Women's Hall of 
Fame at the New York World's Fair.

        More rewarding to Helen Keller than the many honors she received, were 
the acquaintances and friendships she made with most of the leading 
personalities of her time. There were few world figures, from Grover Cleveland 
to Charlie Chaplin, to Nehru to John F. Kennedy, that she did not meet. She was 
truly a remarkable world ambassador and a distinguished leader advocating for 
better services for blind and deaf-blind wherever she went.

        Plaque sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind and Perkins 
School for the Blind

        Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan (1930 Newsreel Footage)

        About the Hall of Fame
        The Hall of Fame for Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is 
dedicated to preserving, honoring, and promoting the tradition of excellence 
manifested by the specific individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame and 
through the history of outstanding services provided to people who are blind or 
visually impaired. 

        These significant professional colleagues of the recent and distant 
past are a fascinating cross-section of heroes and pioneers who not only shaped 
our rich history, philosophy, knowledge and skills, but also give us insights 
into current and future challenges. These giants shared their personal lives 
and showed us strategies to ensure that services for blind persons remain 
unique and specialized. Enjoy their lives and contributions and reflect upon 
your own list of heroes. 

        Hall of Fame: Leaders and Legends of the Blindness Field is a project 
of the entire field of blindness. It is curated by the American Printing House 
for the Blind, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

        Visit the virtual Hall of Fame for the inspiring stories of many more 
heroes of the field of blindness.

        Giggling Elmo Hot Tomato Game 

        Posted: 05 Nov 2009 06:29 AM PST

        It's the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street. In this game, Elmo appears 
as a plush tomato that begins giggling when the child pushes its nose. Children 
from 3 years and up will also giggle as they pass the tomato back and forth as 
quickly as possible so they are not the one holding Elmo when he stops 
giggling. To add to the fun, 20 cards are included with letters, colors or 
categories on them to guide the players to calling out an item associated with 
the card and then passing Elmo on quickly so as not to be caught with him when 
he stops giggling. Elmo measures about 5 x 5" x 3.5" and uses 2 "AA" batteries 
that are included.

        Click this link to purchase the Giggling Elmo Hot Tomato Game from 
independent living aids.

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  Posted By Nimer Jaber to Nimer's Political Blog at 11/06/2009 06:30:00 AM

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