(Vernon, B.C. Canada)
Actually I have two favourites!! Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan! When I think of one, I automatically think of the other. Helen’s successful history was also Anne’s success! Having been both deaf and blind, I find the technique used to teach Helen to sign, write and speak, very interesting. A lot of patience and perseverance was needed for both of them. By signing letters into the palm of one hand while Helen touched an item with the other hand, Anne was able to teach Helen to relate the two. To teach Helen how to speak, Anne would hold Helen’s hand to her throat while she made the alphabet sounds. Such dedication!!! It would have been impossible to not develop a close friendship between the two of them, they were so intertwined, and Helen would have been so dependent on Anne. At least in the beginning!
With such a challenge ahead of her, Helen was determined to succeed in life. Wanting to go to college, she attended Cambridge School in 1898 to prepare herself. She entered Radcliffe College in the fall of 1900 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1904. But while still a student at Radcliffe, Helen began writing and over time became the author of many books, including her autobiography which was translated in 50 different languages. Throughout Helen’s life she was very active in politics and spoke up for the welfare of blind people, both in her country and in other countries. She made several public appearances and won many awards!
Truly a remarkable woman, Senator Lister Hill gave this eulogy: “She will live on, one of the few, the immortal names not born to die.” He goes on to say ” the woman who showed the world there are no boundaries to courage and faith!”