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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

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

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