(plattsmouth nebraska usa)
I believe the person I admire most in the history of the deaf would have to be a person who was not deaf at all but a person who had a tremendous impact on a persons life who was deaf and on many who are not deaf, Anne Sullivan.
From the beginning of her life, Anne had to endure numerous obstacles. Her brother was crippled from TB. She was the victim of poverty and physical abuse at the hands of her own father.
At five years old she was struck with a disease that left her blind. Two years after her affliction her mother died and her father abandoned her and her brother to an orphanage where her brother died shortly thereafter.
Even with all these trials to contend with she was able to go to school and graduate as valedictorian of her class. During this time she had numerous operations to regain her eyesight. After graduating she began her tutoring of Helen Keller.
Helen was not an easy student, being blind and deaf from nineteen months old on she was a very lost and frightened seven year old. With tremendous patience and diligence Anne was able to reach Helen and open a whole new world full of words and feelings that could have easily remained unknown to her.
With most people once a feat is accomplished it is left behind, that was not the case with Anne. See devoted her entire life to Helen, following her in school and then after when Helen would travel and give lectures.
I admire Anne Sullivan greatly for her perseverance and diligence. I truly believe she is a highly influential person in the history of the deaf.
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